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Great Horned Owl Fledglings

Hardy birds that they are, Great Horned Owls are one of the earliest nesting birds — you can find them on nests in January, February and March, even in northern New England. Eggs are incubated for about a month, typically in March or April with young usually hatching in May or June. The nestlings remain in the nest for six or seven weeks before fledging. Unable to fly until they’re ten or twelve weeks old, the fledglings follow their parents around and continue to be fed and cared for by them until the fall. These two fledglings were sticking close together as they made their raspy begging calls from high in a white pine. Both their calls and the down that was visible on their heads told me that they were this year’s young.

2 responses

  1. viola

    Whenever there’s a new post, an “oh, wow!” comes out of my mouth!… “oh, wow” at the photograph for its excellence and another “oh, wow” that you found the subject matter to photograph in the first place. Today’s offering of the owlets is no exception.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  2. You’ve made my day! Thank you, Viola.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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