Monday, April 13, 2015
Great Horned Owl Babies Growing Fast
The babies hatched and have been growing fast. This pair were able to sit together for the first time in a long time as the female left the babies alone in the warm sun for the first time yesterday.
At the well known nest in Silverwood Park the babies left the nest a couple of weeks ago, but this nest in an Edina park will still have the babies in the nest for a few days.
Great Horned Owls usually don't do much construction for their nest, using an old crow or hawk nest, or an old squirrel nest.
These nests often fall apart before the babies are ready to leave the nest, and the young owls have to hold onto branches or fall to the ground. The parents are still very attentive and protect the babies wherever they end up.
She would fly to a tree 100 feet away and then return to this branch several times.
Once about 20 crows came to harass her and I was surprised to watch her fly to the nest tree with the crows following her.
The babies must be too big for her to worry about crows injuring them. After a few minutes the crows all flew away.
This is one of the babies at the Silverwood Park nest that I took pictures of two weeks ago as it was hopping up a large branch moving away from the nest box. The babies owls are called "branchers" during these first days out of the nest.
The pair at the Edina Park did not get much time together as the male flys off in the picture below to distract some danger that the female can see as she looks up into the sky.