Have you ever seen an Owlet?

“The owl that calls upon the night, speaks of the unbelievers fright”  ~William Blake

There is nothing more adorable than a baby right? The babies of some species are practically irresistible. I have long known this about goats (kids), ducks (ducklings) and kangaroos (joeys) but I think I may have found the cutest babies on the planet. Have you ever seen an owlet?

There are more than 130 species of owl worldwide, with approximately 19 of those found in North America. The smallest known species is the elf owl, some individuals stand only 5 inches or 14 centimeters tall, and the largest species, the great grey owl, sometimes measuring as tall as 33 inches or 84 centimeters.

Due to advances in science and technology, we are now discovering many new facts about this mysterious species. Cameras are recording their courtship, mating and nesting habits, and the average person can easily watch the entire process from egg to parent.

The following owl nest cams are a few of my favorites. All of them have young currently in the nest, in various stages.

Mel and Sydney – Barn Owls

Owlivia and Owliver – Barn Owls

Hoot, Toot and Tiny – Barred Owls

Baleef de Lente – Eurasian Eagle Owl

Ms Harvey – Great Horned Owl

 “I think everyone will remember the first time they saw an owl” ~Kim Kuska

The owl has long been both venerated and feared in many cultures around the world. Believed to have sinister supernatural powers, the carcass of an owl was once nailed to doors to ward off lightning and evil. In some Native American tribes, owl had particular significance as an omen of death, in others, a protective spirit.

One of the most striking features of any owl is the eyes. Owl’s eyes are not round, but tubular, which means they are unable to move them around as humans do. The eyes are large, and well adapted to low light conditions, as most owl species are nocturnal. To protect their eyes, owls have three eyelids, upper, lower and a third nictitating membrane which closes from inside to outside and moves diagonally. Though their eyes face only forward, their heads have the ability to turn as much as 270 degrees, allowing a very good view indeed.

It is no wonder they have been regarded with such superstition.

  “All primitive people are frightened of owls,’ said Harley. ‘The villagers here are scared to death of the gufo. Birds of ill omen. If they see one, they think they’ll die. But they never do. See one, I mean, of course,’ he added with a laugh.” ~Francis Brett Young, Cold Harbour

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