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!

Great Horned Owl: nest #2

April 8, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C5021-001Made another pass by Great Horned Owl nest #2 in the middle of the afternoon under cloudy skies and intermittent light rain.  The Great Horned Owl had its head turned backwards over its left shoulder.  It had been watching a pair of Great Blue Herons making a big fuss nearby.  The Owl then returned to snooze mode while incubating on nest!

Great Horned Owl: nest #2

April 5, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C4796-001Another Great Horned Owl nest has been located in Essex County in another Heron Rookery.  The mother has been seen on nest incubating eggs.  Again, no way yet to confirm that eggs have hatched, but very likely, or very close to hatch time.  Beautiful looks at Mama bear in late day light!

Great Horned Owl – Metheun

April 5, 2016 in Great Horned Owl

CF2C4741-001Finally found the Great Horned Owl in the Spicket River Heron Rookery located in Methuen, MA.  A pair of Great Horned Owls have made a nest here for many years.  Made many visit from the middle of February on with no luck in locating the nest for 2016.  Likelyy, but not yet confirmed that the owlets have hatched.  Stay tuned for more!

Great Horned Owl on nest – Methuen Heron rookery

March 19, 2015 in Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl continues on nest at the Heron Rookery in Methuen.  This female has endured all kinds of extreme weather and has been so faithful in her duties!  It is hatch time and we should soon see the an owlet or two!  Stay tuned!

Great Horned Owl – Methuen

March 2, 2015 in Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl continues on nest in Methuen despite the recent bone chilling temperatures.  She is set back a bit deeper and closer to the river this year.  Based on initial observations just before Valentine’s Day, looks like the eggs may hatch around St. Patricks’ Day.  Stay tuned!