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!!