One of the cutest things I have received this week via email is a link to this great website of Molly and McGee. Two barn owls in California - just following nature's path... but innocently enough, they have attracted millions of visitors and school children all learning and facsinated by the biology and nature lessons of barn owls!
Molly & McGee's website
Molly & McGee background info:
This is a live feed of a wild mother barn owl located in our backyard in San Marcos, CA and 15 feet off the ground. Molly laid her first egg on February 13th. 3 owlets have been hatched so far, Max, Pattison, and Austin. Incubation is 30 to 34 days. The male has a white chest and face. He usually shows up after dark but has spent an entire day with the female. We have named the female Molly and the male McGee. The Barn Owl is widespread but usually a scarce species. They are strictly nocturnal and rarely observed in flight during daylight hours.
The owl house is located on a 15 foot pole and there is a tree just outside the opening. The box has been up for two years and it took two years before the owls showed up.
Female: 13 to 16 inches tall. Wingspan 43 inches
Male: 12 to 15 inches tall. Wingspan 42 inches
and in addition to the 20,000 visitors online watching live, and the 3 million hits on the Ustream website so far, there will be a photobook to be published of Molly, McGee and their ofspring which is for sale now at just $4.99....
But what I love most of this phenomenom is that we're all learning more about owls and nature than we EVER would before Molly and McGee!