Small Indulgence

Ward had such a good night that prey was piled up in every corner of the nest at daybreak. June had also been busy with frequent feedings throughout the night, so that the owlets were calm and quiet as she brooded them. This, along with warm temperatures, gave June a chance to do one of the things she misses most during nesting season. She slipped out of the nest for an early morning bath in a nearby brook. The owlets again engaged in a pushing contest while she was gone,  and greeted her with loud peeping and wheezing when she returned fifteen minutes later. She entered the nest soaking wet and resumed brooding the owlets as she is shown doing here.

Even though Ward made no food deliveries during the day, there was  still plenty of food left in the nest at sunset and the owlets appear to be doing very well.

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