Last October, the theme for Bird Weekly Photo Challenge was Owls. Read about them here.
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owls usually adopt a nest that was originally built by another species, often an abandoned Red-tailed Hawk or other hawk species. They could be nests by crows, ravens, herons and squirrels. These owls may also use cavities in live trees, deserted buildings, cliff ledges and man-made platforms. The clutch size is 1-4 eggs that incubate for 30-37 days.
Top photo was Mama & one of the owlets in a large oak tree at Fort Matanzas National Monument in St. Augustine several years ago. The tree did not survive Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Bottom photo was Mama with her two owlet chicks nesting in a large oak tree at La Chua Trail (Paynes Prairie State Park) in Gainesville, Florida just last year.
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