Friday, June 1, 2012
They Did It Again!
The St. Charles County Great Horned Owls did it again. The Great Horned Owl nest that I watched diligently at this time last year has produced two more youngsters.
On March 27 I found Mamma Owl still sitting vigilantly on her treetop nest This nest sits securely in the top of an 80-100 foot White Pine where the top had been broken out of the tree, creating a nice “bowl” for the nest.
Four days later I again visited the nest to find two curious young owlets peering out at the world. Unfortunately for me the tree had sprouted a new branch that protruded right in front of the nest. The only way I could get photos was to wait for the few seconds when the wind blew the branch to the side.
Because of other time constraints I was not able to watch the nest on a daily basis as I did last year. However, from the few visits I was able to make it appears there are now two more Great Horned Owls patrolling the skies of St. Charles County.
Submitted by Gay Schroer, World Bird Sanctuary Volunteer/Photographer