Great Horned Owl
Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:50 PM
Posted 03 March 2010 - 11:08 AM
Posted 10 March 2010 - 08:50 PM
Sorry you haven't seen one. If it's any help we've been chasing snowy owls for two years and haven't seen one yet. We've seen two GH owls this year so far. We checked out a terrific nest last weekend and it looks like she's sitting on eggs. We'll be visiting the nest every few weeks to see how she's doing and I'll post pics if she lets us see her. I posted pictures of her "horns"!!
Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:18 PM
Posted 25 March 2011 - 07:38 PM
greypaper:I have been trying to track down a Great Horned Owl for a long time. For being one of the largest and most widespread, I cannot for the life of me find one. I think I'm going to end up getting a Snowy first. As far as I'm concerned these guys are invisible.
Greypaper, do you know about eBird.org ? I rely on that site ALL the time. Looks like someone named Colin Talcroft just saw a GHO at Spring Lake County Park, not far from where you are. This was just two days ago. In situations like this, I usually post to the local community birding website or listserv (--I imagine there's one for your area--) or, in some cases, I'll even see if the person who's posted the eBird sighting is google-able or on Facebook and I'll contact him/her directly. Whenever I've done this, I've found that people are generally more than happy to share the location details.
For what it's worth, I've seen 3 or 4 different GHOs over the years (and seen them on several different occasions), but only when I've been given very specific directions on where to look. In one instance, a friendly passerby had to walk me to the site, position me in the right place, point me in the right direction and I STILL had trouble seeing the Owl. Once I did see it, I couldn't believe I'd missed it, but they are indeed masters of camouflage. Ask the naturalists at your local metroparks---if there's a nest on the premises, they might be willing to show you where it is. And listen for the sound of mobbing crows and jays---although it's never happened for me, I know lots of people who've been led to roosting GHOs by the sounds of angry songbirds.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:11 PM
Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:34 PM
Posted 06 October 2013 - 05:22 PM
I was lucky enough to have my fourth encounter with the Great Horned Owl on Friday 10/4/13 when I surprised a pair of them feeding on the ground along a trail in Delta Ponds City Park in Eugene, Oregon. I frequent this park often and had never seen one there before so I was as surprised to see them as they were to see me. Fortunately, they did not abandon the area but just took to the trees nearby and eventually gave me some great photo ops. I was able to get really close to this one ...
Here is a link to an album of six more shots of this bird on my Facebook page - https://www.facebook...=1&l=247b0430cc
Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:07 PM
. Could this be one of "our" birds? How big of a territory do they normally have?
It could be, or it could be another.
Their breeding territory can range in size from 1/3 to 2 square miles. They can defend this from November through August.
We rarely see ours, just hear them, but had one perch on our Kestrel box last January at dawn, so got a "nice" silhouette picture. I did hear one this morning before the sun was fully up.
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