Six Weeks With Ollie begins with Grace, the great horned owl who has nested in an old hay barn on the ranch for the last six to seven years. In February, 2012, Grace nested atop a bale of alfalfa, and Ollie hatched on March 7th. Grace was used to us coming and going in the barn, so she did not seem to mind my short daily visits with Ollie.
Ollie grew like a weed, and at six weeks of age, fledged the nest. Ollie stayed close to the barn the first ten days after fledging. After that, we spotted Ollie and Grace a few times throughout the summer. We wouldn’t see Grace again until the next nesting season. Ollie was on his own. Life is good.