Owl’s nest


The Great Horned Owl is billed as widespread and common throughout North America. But, just try to find one: it has camouflage colouring, it is primarily active at night; it nests unobtrusively high in trees.

My favourite observing location for a Great-Horned nest is, for the moment, interdicted by covid-19. This will pass, but it was nice to have been told of another local nest. Yesterday, I visited it in rain and failing light. And then again this morning.

A Great horned Owl parent prepares to feed its expectant chick.

And offers, what appears to be, the remains of a small bird.

When visited the next morning, the parent was on a branch and the chick was on the nest.


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4 Responses to Owl’s nest

  1. Margaret Young says:

    You never cease to amaze me. What you must go through to get these great shots.
    Many thanks.

  2. Irene McIlwaine says:

    Thank you so much for those great shots . Loved the soft spring green of the leaves .

  3. Christine Boyd says:

    These are fantastic, thanks Alistair.
    I’ve seen only two owls, one in the forest, and one that flies with a raptor society. The latter was absolutely amazing. It flew over my head silently, and it was explained how their wings make flight silent.

  4. Tom says:

    Today’s images bring back wonderful memories. Growing up near Peterborough, Ontario, my neighbour for a time, was Kay McKeever, the owl lady. During a visit, she invited me to “pet” a great horned owl that was convalescing in her care. The soft ball of fluff clicked it’s beak and stared at me with big yellow eyes. What a thrill.

    Kay and husband Larry moved to Vineland, ON and established the Owl Foundation. Kay died a year ago.

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