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Great-horned Owl

I went to Farmington Bay this morning.  I’m tromping around in the trees searching for nests because I’m seeing robins standing with food in their mouths.

When I hear a commotion in one tree.  So I look more closely in the tree and I see this:

BABY OWL!  Baby owl, BABY OWL!!!  He flew to a different tree and I followed to get a better picture.

He was pretty fearless.  He stared at me as I walked closer and closer.

Mom (dad?) was on another branch in the same tree watching me very closely.

The blackbirds, robins and sparrows kept trying to mob the baby.  They did not want the owls in their nesting territory.

This is the first time that I’ve found an owl on my own and I found the baby no less!  I’m starting to feel like less of a novice and more of a moderately skilled birder.  I know all the common birds, I’m getting better recognizing bird songs and I can find birds and their nests.  Since this is purely a hobby, I’m not pushing myself to be the best.  Competition takes the fun out of birding.  But it’s still nice to feel that I’m getting competent at birding.

3 Responses to “Great-horned Owl”

  1. Tiffany says:

    I don’t have words – it is so beyond exciting!! A baby none the less! Awesome job. Great photos- I love how their feathers are like bark. The 1st owl photo is so cute, with all the greenery then one perfectly round huge eye staring out (and fuzzy little ear tops).

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! I felt such a rush when I saw the big yellow eye.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I had to come back and peek at him – he is just that fabulous!