Owls.

Yesterday morning I took the dogs for a walk over to check on the Great Horned Owl nest near my house.  We hadn't visited in a week and I was psyched to find the owlet had fledged!  I was creeping around at a distance, trying to keep a low pro, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye:


AH!  Nothing like skulking around in the trees thinking no one sees you when suddenly there's an owl staring you down at ten feet.  Anyway, I was unable to get a very good angle on the owlet but I returned this morning to check again.  Much better!
 

So damn cute.  I was able to pick up a couple of souvenirs on each visit too.  Yesterday I found a nice feather and stuck it in a pot with my Barn Owl feather from Sauvie Island...


This morning I picked up a pellet hoping I could dissect it and maybe figure out what they have been eating.  I actually didn't have to do that because shortly after finding the pellet I found this:


Bunnies!  They've been eating bunnies!  Good to know. 


I'll be back to visit them again soon.  And maybe there will be fewer bunnies driving the dogs crazy. 

Another owl I saw recently, a lifer in fact, was this Northern Saw-whet Owl:


Terrible photos, amazing bird.  Good times!!

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  1. Jen, I like the obstructed views of the Saw whet Owl... Its honest! Thats the way they should be! -DM

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  2. Cool shots of the owls, Jen! I love the cute fuzzy owlet. And the Saw-Whet is a great sighting too. Happy Birding!

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  3. Dang, nice work picking out that sa-weet Saw-Whet.

    Those Owls look fat and happy. you must have as many bunnies up there as we do down hear. Our Harris's Hawk population is exploding as a result.

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  4. AHHHHH! NSWO!!!! Still haven't seen one. Jealousy is in effect.

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    1. Ooh, finally- I have felt empty ever since you saw those Pine Grosbeaks.

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  5. Awesome spotting, Jen, and the shots are very nice! Wonderful stuff!

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  6. Are you sure that Saw-whet is real? I'm not sure I'm buying it ;-)

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  7. Very nice GH Owl shots. Love those fuzzballs.

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