Great Horned Owl: female on nest

February 24, 2017 in Great Horned Owl

_W7I2364-002Quite a treat, after searching high a low, and almost giving up, to just barely see the large “ears” of a female Great Horned Owl on nest this afternoon. She was sitting so low in the nest, her ears were a big challenge to find behind the sticks in an old nest.

Excerpt from Mass Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas I below.

The Great Horned Owl is the earliest nester of our native birds, usually laying its eggs between February 20 and March 25. The clutch almost always consists of two eggs, but the range can be from one to three, and sometimes four. One brood is raised each season, and on rare occasions a second clutch is produced if the first is lost. Incubation usually begins with the first egg and is performed by the female for 28 to 30 days. She will remain on the nest even during severe weather conditions and may be found covered with snow.

Great Horned Owls: branching!

May 18, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

The young Great Horned Owls are becoming more mobile around their nest. They are stretching and testing their wings, and actively climbing around nearby branches. Quite a sight! Had a wonderful opportunity to observe the owlets late afternoon Wednesday in stunning late day sunshine.

For those with an interest, 5 photos posted:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163252323

 

 

 

Great Horned Owl and owlets!

May 18, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C0185-001The Great Horned Owlets are growing bigger each day with fledge time closing in!

Great Horned Owl and owlet!

May 11, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C9039-001The Great Horned Owlets just keep growing and getting bigger!  They will be branching soon and then fledging and making first flight!

Great Horned Owl and owlets

May 9, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C8685-001The mother of the owlets keeps a close eye on her offspring.  She keeps them close to her in the nest.  They are growing quickly and hold their heads up on their own.  The owlets are alert and very curious!  This was a morning visit under bright sun and blue skies.

Great Horned Owl & owlets in the rain!

May 4, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C8522-001A short visit late afternoon under overcast skies, winds out of the NE around 13-15 MPH, with light rain and temps around 40 degrees.  The owlets look a bit soggy and rain soaked…but hanging in there with warmer weather on the way!

Great Horned Owl on nest!

April 24, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C8494-001A late afternoon visit to observe the Great Horned Owl on nest; the owlets were hunkered down and just out of sight as mother bear kept an eye on all nearby activities!  She wisely uses the shade of a close by branch as a shield from the late day bright sunlight.

Great Horned Owl and owlet!

April 21, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C8309-001Another morning visit to the Great Horned Owl nest under bright sun and blue skies.  The mother bear just watching over her owlets in a relaxed mode.  She is looking over her right shoulder with one of the owlets beside her!

Great Horned Owl and owlet

April 20, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C8067-001After many visits, so enjoyable to get much better looks at one of the owlets in the nest!  They are now standing up much taller and looking around the nest area keeping an eye open on all proximate activity!

Great Horned Owl: nest #2

April 16, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C7216-001This female Great Horned Owl has been incubating eggs since late February.  The owlets have recently hatched.  As they grow and start to move around the nest, we will have a better view of their heads, bill, and eyes.  Stay tuned to see how many owlets are in this nest!