Monday, January 31, 2011

On Nest!

Can you see the owl in this photograph? This is the same tree cavity this pair of Great Horned Owls used last year – much nicer accommodations than an exposed stick nest one usually observes these owls on. The male was perched at his usual sentry spot in a nearby conifer, collecting warmth from the sun:

We're getting a lot of snow today and are supposed to have somewhere between 12" and 20" of total accumulation by the end of Wednesday. I'm glad I was able to go birding at the conservancy for several hours yesterday, as it looks like we're going to be snowed in for a few days. Perhaps I'll finally get some snowshoeing in this winter.

Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 1/30/11
Number of species: 25

Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

© 2011 Mike McDowell


  1. I'm so envious of your photos! How cool to catch this owl on a nest! We are getting ice here today...I'm heading out with my camera soon...can't wait! :)

    Stay warm!

  2. Wow! I wouldn't have seen that tawny color around the eye if you hadn't mentioned that there was an owl in the picture. Incredible how they can hide so well.