Owl babies

"All these photographers staring at us is boring."

"Hey, is that one doing a dance?"

"Naw, he's just got ants in his pants."

"I'm going back to sleep." Maybe they'll all leave."

"You two stop making fun of all those people. They just think you're cute."

My 2nd baby sighting of the year is a pair of baby owls. (The first was baby night herons, story coming tomorrow). I think they’re about 3 weeks old at this point. There’s a small park not to far from my home and work that I hit pretty often. The first two spring seasons I was there, the owl had one baby. Then last spring the owls didn’t stay and nest so it was a let-down. Then I heard the owl couple was back.  Several weeks I visited and there was always an owl sitting on the old nest. I was holding my breath when I had read a baby had been born. I headed out a couple of days later and for two hours all I saw was a tiny bit of white fuzz from behind the parent.  This past Saturday, I headed out early and was hoping to see the baby. To my excitement, not only was the baby so big now he was highly visible, there were two of them. I don’t know if this is the same couple from the last couple of years. If so, why didn’t they nest last spring? And was this their first time having twins? Hopefully, I can get back there each weekend until they are all grown up. The last picture is of the other parent, who was sitting high in a tree close by.

9 thoughts on “Owl babies

  1. Wonderful. I love their conversation, too, and the way Mama (I assume it’s Mama) slept right through your visit, while Papa (I guess) was winking at you.
    Great work, Dina. Looking forward to more baby pictures!
    K

  2. Super shots of the Great Horned Owl and chicks Dina! Probably my all time favorite raptor, they are such a fierce predator. I think that’s why they don’t seem concerned when humans are photographing them. Sometimes it’s hard to get a photo of the adults with their eyes open 😉

    Many raptors will alternate nest sites every year or two. I’m sure this pair has an alternate nest nearby where they bred last season. This helps control any parasites that may be in the nest.

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