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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.

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I use Summit and can create any multi communities I want. Not sure what other apps have it.

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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.

TO ADD:

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.

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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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I like it!

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Yup, very glad to see it recovered so quickly!

Here's a Saw Whet doing some flight rehab at The Raptor Center if you want to see one zipping back and forth.

There have been a bunch of posts lately about raptors consuming poisoned rodents, so I needed an uplifting story. Many raptor groups are trying to get regulations tightened on poison and it's been hard so far. One rescue just did a survey of their patients, and it was something like almost 70 out of 80 patients so far had signs of ingesting poisoned rodents.

I'm glad they're working so hard on it, but it makes it hard to look at the feeds sometimes when there is a surge of bad news.

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They have great proportions to maximize cuteness!

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https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/8dddef69-d645-46b1-bcdd-2233f9ff3d3a.jpeg

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/93520402-d82e-4ca7-a0f0-4b188704989f.jpeg

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There doesn't look to be too much unique about where it lives. It lives mostly in pine forest, but also oak and other deciduous, as well as evergreen jungle. It prefers secondary forest, which is forest that has had some human development in it, which does not seem unusual for the smaller owls in particular. The smaller regrown trees and cut down areas from human interference clears out better flight paths for them to hunt.

This is also one of the pygmy owls lacking the "false eyes" on the back of the head.

Pakistan pine forest (Miranjani)

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/62d9684f-7634-454d-8050-f13790242ea7.jpeg

Thailand pine forest (Phurua National Park)

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/e398eb86-c60d-4259-a02b-e080c76680fb.jpeg

China rhododendron forest (Yumthang Valley)

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/ffe56ac3-faf5-4975-af95-5d846d717a71.jpeg

Looking at a list of commonly spotted Thai nocturnal birds doesn't seem to make any one trend seem to stand out, there's quite the variety in here.

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I did a little informal comparison between my posts and the ones at r/Superbowl, and whole the ratio was at least decently better at the time, I still get disappointed if I don't get a few comments on each post.

The likes are great and all, but to me, that just kinda feels like I'm just checking off boxes. It's the most basic form of approval.

Comments though are what really let me know making the posts are worth my time. It lets me know I'm reaching you guys enough to make you say "hey this is cool." And actual questions or you sharing something about a life experience, etc is worth way more than a hundred upvotes because it lets me know I've triggered good feelings in you from something I posted and it makes me want to post a hundred more things to do that again.

I always make sure to thank my commenters and let them know by replying, they are doing something as important as I am by posting. Without them completing the other side of the equation, it's just me telling into the void, and it's boring for me and makes posting a chore. But by you saying literally anything positive, I know I'm having an impact on your day, hopefully in a positive way, and that encourages me to post more, making a positive feedback cycle that will keep this a good place to come.

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I don't have kids, but I have borrowed some nieces to take apple and strawberry picking and it's fun seeing them destroy some delicious fruits!

I keep hoping vertical farming or hydroponics, etc will catch on and bring foods back closer to home. As long as we have sunny parts of the world with cheap land and labor, it won't be viable though as a business. Maybe in a few decades...

I've tried container gardening a bit, as I didn't have a yard, and while the results were meager due to my lack of farmer knowledge, they were still tasty. Can't beat peak picking time, no matter how small the result may be!

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I think it was Ocean Spray cranberries were on How It's Made or another show like that where they showed their laser powered cranberry grader that would ID perfect berries at near supersonic speed and an air puff would shoot any imperfect ones off the line. That was pretty cool.

Produce samples would be nice! Could probably do that at the farmers market.

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It's a great idea for people that have that available. I've looked into it but the one near me the box is so big for the 2 of us I don't think we'd ever be able to finish it!

The farm owner is a bit of a jerk, but he's still a local jerk at least! 😝

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I've come across a few people that seem to hate eating is a part to survival. What are they eating that they hate all food? There are so many yummy things out there!

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I've gone to prepping breakfast and lunch the night before. It's not 100% as good, but it beats cooking and cleaning as a zombie at 5am.

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That's fair. It's been a while now, but we weren't poor , both my parents were pretty crappy cooks and since everything was either dry/tough or mush, there were a lot of foods i didn't like until many years later. If all you have is a corner store or dollar store to get stuff from, you can only do so much to it to make it something exciting.

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