When one man in Belgium, Jos Baart, heard a commotion going on outside his third-story apartment window, he assumed that it was just a bunch of pigeons having a scuffle. But when he went to have a peek, it turned out to be a trio of the Eurasian eagle-owl – Europe’s largest owl species!
And since they decided that they were going to move into the planter just outside Baart’s living room window, there have been some cute changes. Apparently, the birds got into watching TV. They have even joined him in marathoning his boxsets by peeping in through the living room window.
Baart even captured some video footage of the adorably large chicks peering over his shoulder to watch the TV. It was shared with the Dutch nature show Vroege Vogels. While the chicks are busy wanting to watch the TV, their mother is nearby, not that impressed with Baart or his television.
In the video that has been posted to Twitter, Baart explained that the mother often perches nearby to keep an eye on her chicks in their nest – often keeping her eye on things for up to six or eight hours a day.
We could hardly believe it when we got a message from Jos Baart telling us that Europe's biggest owl, the Eurasian eagle-owl, had made a nest in a planter in front of his window. Not only that, she had also hatched three giant chicks!#vroegevogels #springwatch #owl pic.twitter.com/gz1odkFLYC
— Vroege Vogels (@VroegeVogels) May 18, 2020
Baart further explained that he first thought the noise outside his window was pigeons. However, when he saw the mother swooping in, he realized that it was something different. And upon checking, he discovered the trio. Since the family has taken up residence, he’s decided to change his living room set up a little bit – placing a chair as well as a kneeling pillow beside the window so he can watch the owls. He’ll even interact with them, occasionally running his finger across the window pane. The little baby owls even chase his hand – how cute is that?
In the video, Baart gestures to the birds outside his window, saying, “You can see how relaxed they are. They’re not scared at all. For me, it’s like watching a movie 24-7.”
These Eurasian eagle-owl babies will eventually grow up to be large, with wingspans up to five feet! The Eurasian eagle-owls can even have life spans of up to 20 years. As these little chicks begin to grow, the planter on Baart’s windowsill might get a little crowded. However, it’s not uncommon for the Eurasian eagle-owls to build their nests on high up edges with a sheer drop, like the sides of cliffs. More than likely, the chicks will continue to nest on the windowsill for another two months before flying away. But Baart is hoping that in the future the chicks might return to build nests of their own.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.