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Great Horned Owls Raising Their Families

Roughly two months ago the courtship calls of Great Horned Owls could be heard throughout the U.S. as their breeding season began. Mating took place, eggs were laid and incubated for about a month, and several weeks ago those eggs hatched.  Looking like balls of tan fluff, the downy chicks can now be seen with their mother in attendance.

Great Horned Owl chick appetites are voracious. At the ripe old age of two weeks they are capable of swallowing a mouse whole.  The chicks weigh about an ounce when they are born, and for the first month or so, they gain roughly that much every day.  In another month they’ll be taking short flights, but will remain with their parents throughout most of the summer. 

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5 responses

  1. What a marvelous portrait Mary. I love the look in their eyes.

    April 16, 2021 at 8:05 am

  2. Thanks so much, Kathie! Obliging subjects!!! 🙂

    April 16, 2021 at 9:22 am

  3. Susan Venable

    On Fri, Apr 16, 2021, 7:02 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” Roughly two months ago the courtship calls of Great > Horned Owls could be heard throughout the U.S. as their breeding season > began. Mating took place, eggs were laid and incubated for about a month, > and several weeks ago those eggs hatched. ” >

    April 16, 2021 at 9:31 am

  4. Alice

    What a beautiful mom & fluff-ball chick! Owls are so intriguing. Another special photo.

    April 16, 2021 at 10:06 am

  5. Susan Holland

    What a fantastic photo! Love the expressions ~ especially the chick’s!

    April 16, 2021 at 1:03 pm

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