A short update on the little owl, Beleefdelente.
After that first happy moments that daddy owl was back things went wrong, and worse.
On the 2nd of June the mama owl was ringed (since she was new at the location) and the chick was just weighed. Because of the absence of daddy and the shortage of food during those few days the week before the baby weighed only 28.5 grams,
instead of the average of 67 grams (that's what I understood from what was written). But the chick seemed healthy though.
Unfortunately, after two days the chick showed problems with the left leg. It is not known what exactly is wrong. Maybe it is dislocated, or broken, or maybe the chick has so-called spread legs (a congenital defect, or a defect caused by vitamin deficiency, or too slippery ground in the nesting area). The chick holds the left leg straight between forward and sidewards. This situation hasn't improved yet. Mama owl feeds the chick reasonably well and even catches some prey herself because daddy is not very consistent with prey supply. And Mama owl seems clumsy with her child, a little rough. It is possibly her very first child.
I do not need to explain that viewers of Beleefdelente.nl have had heated discussions about whether or not to intervene. Policy of those responsible for decisions is to not intervene. But they are not heartless. Today it was declared that in the unfortunate case that the chick can't leave the nestbox, what it is supposed to do in about three weeks, they will euthanize this little one.
It will not need to suffer starvation and it won't have to spend its live in a cage.
We deeply hope for a miracle and that the leg will recover as the chick gaines power.
Mwplay, I saw your post after I made this text. Watching this cam is not easy this year.
Maybe the other owl is near, I don't know, but it could be that daddy is still afraid and that could be the explanation for the irregular foodsupply