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We have a barred owl nest in a big sycamore tree behind our house.  Today one of the young ones was on the ground.  One of the parents was keeping a good eye on it and it eventually walked off into some brush.  So, is this typical for an owl?  Will the little one be able to survive on the ground?  Is it close to being big enough to fly?

Thanks for the help.

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I will certainly leave it be (I don't think the dad would let me near it even if I wanted to).  I just was not sure if it was too young to be out of the nest.  They are certainly fun to watch.

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57 minutes ago, cobal said:

I will certainly leave it be (I don't think the dad would let me near it even if I wanted to).  I just was not sure if it was too young to be out of the nest.  They are certainly fun to watch.

Owls stick around their nest after leaving it for a while, and it varies from species to species. And yes, they can climb back up. 

"Before young owls are fully-grown they will leave the nest and follow the adults through the forest towards prime feeding areas. These young owls cannot fly, but they use their partly grown wings to help them clamber up trees, through branches, and glide from tree to tree. If you find one of these young owls, it will try to make itself look more imposing by fanning its wings, swaying, and snapping its bill to make a loud popping sound. Beware of a defending adult, and move away to watch from a distance where the bird does not feel threatened."

(Page 269, Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Edition)

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