Great horned owl nest

We have been checking on this nest a few times a week since January. I am very happy to report that it looks like there are two owlets up there. It’s always a bit difficult to tell and it is important not to get too close. I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to be a respectful watcher. Last week, we had an incredibly windy day. When I drove by, the mother was having difficulty staying on the nest and was blown off at one point. Fortunately, the youngsters are old enough to hang on pretty well. I was still really nervous when I went back to check on them several days later. I was afraid the nest would be empty or gone after those winds from hell. I was overjoyed to find the nest intact. There just isn’t much room for mom to stay on the nest right now. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.

© Chris Taylor

© Chris Taylor

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Great horned owl nest

We’ve been keeping an eye on this great horned owl nest out west of town. We think she nested here last year, but something happened and the nest was abandoned. We saw her early in the season, but then saw a red-tailed hawk in the nest a bit later in the spring. Hopefully, they will be successful this year. We’ll keep checking in. Click on picture to enlarge.

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