A Family of Baby Great Horned Owls – these three chicks are just about to fledge. Mom or Dad were off in some tree. I was hoping to get them in the photo as well, but they were not cooperating. But the youngsters were hopping around and trying out their wings. The incubation period ranges from 28 to 37 days, averaging 33 days. Young owls move onto nearby branches at 6 weeks and start to fly about a week later. However, the young are not usually competent fliers until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old.
Since the photographers around have said they had not as yet flown more than to an outside branch on the same tree, they are probably right around the 6 week age.
A big thank you to Bob Bolcik for telling me about these little guys at the George Lepp lecture.