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I heard the one behind my house singing its song yesterday. I handn't heard it in a while, so I'm glad it's still around!

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They only get to be labeled Great Horned Owls after passing an 80 point inspection and getting graded for color and sound level by the World Honors of Owling Organization, also known as WHOOO.

The rest get the Lesser Horned Owl title, though some try to make them seem upmarket by going with the name Magellanic Horned Owl.

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Like my old dog sleeping over the arm of the chair...

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The flappiest!

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My reading says the growing itself doesn't hurt, but the parts that look like porcupine quills are a keratin coating around the developing feather. As the feather grows, blood vessels retract and the coating will flake off until just the feather remains.

The follicle that the whole thing grows out of has nerve endings, so if that sheath gets pushed around the wrong way, it sounds like it can cause discomfort or irritation.

They will preen the krusty keratin off themselves and each other.

The little stretches and flaps are very cute! They want to flap and fly, but it's wobbly like a toddler's legs when they're learning to walk.

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https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/cce87506-4645-4fc6-866c-2854df57497d.webp

He also posted this one, which I didn't think is stacked.

Does the stacking make it look too fake? I didn't think I would have noticed if he wouldn't have said in his post.

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This is really cool! I didn't think I knew you did things like this. Do you post them anywhere?

I suppose it would stand out much more to you since it's something you have experience in.

Texts show prosecutor's ex-law partner gave info for effort to remove Fani Willis from election case ( apnews.com )

Attorneys for Donald Trump and other defendants in the Georgia election interference case hoped that lawyer Terrence Bradley would provide key testimony in support of their effort to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis — and they had good reason for their optimism....

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This article does feel a bit light on the details. I found this MSN article, which is an opinion piece, but lays out just who exactly all these people are and their relationships with each other.

It seems Bradley worked with Wade, but was fired for sexual harrassment. There is another person, Robin Yeartie, who was also let go from the DA's office. Both of them are the only 2 people saying Wade and Willis were dating before they made it public. Both have a potential grudge, worth slinging mud while not under oath, but since both were lawyers, now the reality of what perjuring themselves in a case this big would do to them seems to have hit home and they've developed amnesia.

Based upon his testimony throughout the evidentiary hearing, it seems Bradley decided to share gossip and innuendo that he had heard from other sources, none of which is attributable to Wade or Willis and, more importantly, at this juncture none of which has been confirmed to be true and accurate.

In fact, every defense attorney who took a run at Bradley during that hearing struck out. Bradley didn’t budge. He even admitted while on the stand that he might have told lies about Wade.

ETA: For anyone not reading the article, the text messages in the headline are not anything along the lines of proof showing they had a relationship, just Bradley ranting about how he was sure there was something, of which he has now changed his tune and says he may have overstated things, and these texts are now, I believe, are trying to be used by the Trump team to get Bradley to cooperate with them again.

Frankly, The Office did this whole dating impropriety thing much better...

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Copy pasta on GHO development:

Meadow
HH5 is 22 DAYS OLD and HH6 is 19 DAYS OLD, heart

Here is the "GROWTH DEVELOPMENT":

From "INTERNATIONAL OWL CENTER" site:

FEATHER DEVELOPMENT:

  • 4-5 weeks: facial disc develops, flight feathers growing
  • 5-6 weeks: fully developed black facial disc margin, flight feathers substantially grown
  • 6-8 weeks: fledgling, wing feathers nearly fully grown but tails not quite done
  • 3 months: adult breast feathers emerging
  • 4 months: adult back feathers growing in
  • 5 months: last of the adult head feathers growing in
  • 6 months: fully feathered

From "BIRDS OF THE WORLD" site:

FEATHER DEVELOPMENT:

  • Replacement of white downy plumage at hatching with immature (mesoptile) yellowish-white or grayish-buff, grayish- white plumage completed by day 8 (9, 13);
  • Remiges and rectrices begin to rupture sheaths at 8 d,
  • by 14 d >50% emerge (14).
  • at 3 wk ear-tufts already show as small compact patches (15).
  • by 14 d >50% emerge (14).
  • Facial disc and white bib are well defined by 11 wk;
  • mottled ochraceous buff coloring nearly complete by 21 wk;
  • ear-tufts fully grown at 26 wk (15).

From "ALL ABOUT BIRDS/CORNELL LABS" site"

Day 19: The young will start trying to focus on objects with exaggerated head movements.
Day 21: The young start to become more and more curious and begin to grasp objects in the nest and nibble them.
Day 20-27: The owlets are able to feed themselves, with food brought to the nest, although the female parent may continue to feed them.
Day 40: The young are able to climb well, at which time they may leave the nest and clamber out along a tree branch. This stage is known as branching.
Day 45-49: The young are fully feathered and capable of flight.
At seven weeks the owls are capable of three to four short flights of diminishing distance as they tire easily.
After leaving the nest, the fledglings stick together for several weeks. They often roost together in a tree in the immediate vicinity. Adults generally roost away from the young, who react to the sight of the adults with begging calls and flights towards the adults.

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GHO parents will supplement feed their fledglings all the way into FALL/WINTER, as they hone in on their hunting skills. They can even still be around when Mom and Dad are into their next "courting season". Eventually the fledglings will get that feeling to explore out - "DISPERSE" - off into other GHO owl territory boundaries, now called "FLOATERS", until they one day meet their own mate and find their own territory. GHO's are "SOLITARY BIRDS", and once out on their own, do not get "lonely" before they find their mates.

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Nice image showing how high the nest is. Nesting is done between 15-45 ft / 4.5-14 meters off the ground. I haven't seen a height given for this nest.

https://app.commentsplugin.com/cdn-images/attach%2F936c1342-b81b-4f42-8832-0925b6e1c0d4%2F715eb2957a39fd3b4cdfc24d715caec6.jpg

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Babies are getting so big, and their colors are starting to come in. They are about 6 inches / 15 cm right now. That's the size of an adult Pygmy Owl or Flammulated Owl, and a bit shorter than a Burrowing Owl or Screech Owl.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/bee9b110-fd26-4c78-a657-fd725a2bfd47.jpeg

Flammy for size reference:

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/b59effb2-5b46-468d-9fd8-6dc9e710e191.jpeg

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Taking a stretch here. I just missed grabbing a shot of it streching out both wings, and it look like it could about span half the nest! You can see the flight feathers really growing in.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/bcc2cb77-58c2-460a-9aa5-8e2a3c737088.jpeg

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It seems like having a combo of the fun of a newborn and a tween at the same time!

She's getting more time to herself to leave the nest at least. Over the next few weeks, the parents will spend less and less time with them to get them used to owling on their own.

I was surprised by the one blurb of facts that said mom and dad will still help them out this coming winter. That's much more generous than I expected, given then don't even hang around each other during the rest of the year very much. Kinda thought they'd usher them off to find their own turf sooner, but that is nice they still help them through the first tough season on their own.

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Growing feathers looks so uncomfortable, like when Wolverine's claws come out. 😧

Reading about makes it sound relatively not bothersome, except maybe when the feather sheath gets pushed in a funny direction. They just seem to appear out of nowhere.

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Buffies always look to be having the best day ever!

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Do they count as pieces of flair?

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Mardi Gras definetly has some floofy stuff.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/e7d7e453-3ebc-44e7-93be-ee9113ffdf76.jpeg

Carnival in Brazil seems to go a little harder though.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/9608bfd4-b5cf-4cb2-b513-1d40b3027528.jpeg

I think Buffy would party with both though.

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