Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fledgling Great Horned, et alia

When you are in a birding hotspot and see people lined up and staring intently in one direction, you know there is something noteworthy


In this case, at Heinz NWR in Philadelphia, it was a pair of fledgling Great Horned Owls, just two days out of the nest.

Great Horned Owls - fledglings

For all of the downy cuteness which these young birds exhibit, it is well to remember that if they succeed in "growing up" and making it as adult birds, they will be formidable predators. (See the posting of my column on April 1: "The Winged Tiger in our Woods."

Great Horned Owl - fledgling

There is a section of Heinz NWR known as "warbler woods." On Sunday, the trees were filled with warblers. They were high in the branches and quickly led to severe "warbler neck." As a result, the warblers yielded no photographs, but there were sufficient other opportunities. A sampling ...

Baltimore Oriole - female
Barn Swallow
Swainson's Thrush
Veery
Veery
 Good Birding!

1 comment:

Frank said...

Hi Chris. Those fledgling Owls obviously offered some great photo opportunities.

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