Molly the Owl and Her Little Owlets

(MOLLY UPDATE: FOURTH OWLET HATCHED 3/29!)

Almost 18,000 people at a time (and over 3.3 million total) have been watching the streaming video of Molly the Owl (of  San Marcos) as her eggs hatch one by one. The first little owlet, Max, popped out yesterday morning and four more are on the way! San Diego County Library has lots of books to help you learn more about these fascinating creatures.  Check these out today!

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Owls of North America by Frances Backhouse

This book describes the evolution, ecology, behavior, and life cycle of owls, and profiles all twenty-three species of the North American owl.

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Field Guide to Owls of California and the West by Hans Peeters

This accessible guide, full of intriguing anecdotes, covers all species of owls occurring in North America. More than an identification guide, Field Guide to Owls of California and the West describes the biology and behavior of owls to make finding and identifying them easier and watching them more enjoyable. The guide also explores the conservation challenges that owls face and tells how owls provide insights to scientists working in fields from technology to health.

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Owls by Tom Warhol

This kids’ title discusses the physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, diet, life cycle, and conservation status of owls.

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Those Outrageous Owls by Laura Wyatt

This kids’ guide answers questions about owls, including, “When do owls sleep?”, “Why do horned owls have horns?” and “How do owls fly so quietly?” Facts about owls are presented in a colorful title that shows how owls save us money, why their eyes are so big, what their young look like, and much more.

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Owls: Hunters of the Night by Elaine Landau

This title describes the characteristics, behavior, diet, and life cycle of owls.

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Owls by Cynthia Berger

Owls are one of the groups of birds that almost anyone recognizes, and yet what do we really know about these nocturnal creatures? Nature writer Berger has produced a wonderfully complete yet compact introduction to owls. The distinctive traits that differentiate owls from other birds, including soft feathers for silent flight, keen vision and sensitive hearing for nighttime hunting, and strong feet with talons for capturing prey, are examined in detail. Distribution, habitats, and migration fill a chapter on where owls live, with hunting, feeding, and daily routines explained in a chapter on how owls live. The yearly cycle is covered in the seasonal rhythm of owl behavior, which includes nesting and the rearing of young. A large portion of the book is devoted to an illustrated field guide to the 18 species of owls that breed in North America. Chapters on how to watch owls complete the text, and a list of resources, including Web sites, provides further information. Beautifully illustrated with color photos and paintings.   —Booklist Magazine

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Understanding Owls by Jemima Parry-Jones

Owls are spectacular and fascinating birds, both in the wild and in captivity, with interest in keeping and breeding them rapidly increasing. The author shares her expertise, gained from a lifetime’s experience of working with birds of prey, to give sound practical advice on how to care for these magnificent creatures, with chapters on housing and equipment, incubation and rearing, and training and flying owls.

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Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien

On Valentine’s Day 1985, biologist Stacey O’Brien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl – a fateful encounter that would turn into a 19-year saga. With nerve damage in one wing, the owlet’s ability to fly was forever compromised, and he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild. O’Brien, a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech, was immediately smitten, promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home. Wesley the Owl is the funny, poignant story of their dramatic two decades together.

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