Walking around my favorite local bird spot, a conversation turned to Great Horned Owls with the fella that runs the place. You see, they have a camera set up to view the Osprey, a type of Hawk that eats mainly fish, which were just about due to arrive from migration. Expecting the Osprey any day the camera was turned on and it caught images of Great Horned Owls recently on that nest instead, and making nightly stops too!! I mentioned I had never seen Great Horned Owls in the wild. The next day I followed up on the tip he’d given me to look for them at a park I’ve been to many times and sure enough…right where I was told to look… a great big whopping Great Horned Owl sitting on a tree limb!! I had looked at this park many times but never had any luck! Originally I had heard they were on the complete other side of this huge park, and maybe they are there too, but this tip was great, and it was easy to find this beautiful bird!! To think I may have been just missing out the whole time! I got some pictures, and texted a friend knowing she’d love to see this species, figuring this was a possible life list bird for her. 10 minutes later we both stood, watching in awe of this fantastic Owl! I have seen Eastern Screech Owls, Snowy Owls and now Great Horned Owls. With still quite a few more Owls to try to see one day, like Long-eared Owls, Barred Owls, Short-eared Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls and Barn Owls! Those birds are realistic in my range. I would most likely have to extend my range if I want to see the Great-gray Owl! A raccoon in a tree cavity, and a beautiful chipmunk were highlights as well!! This park has a pair of Bald Eagles, but I tend to only see them flying overhead when I’m coming or going out of the park!
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