Distressed Parents

When I went down to the wash, camera in hand to visit the babies in the Great Horned Owl’s nest, something did not sound right.  The parents were making clicking noises and as I got closer, I could hear what sounded like a dog’s bark.

It wasn’t a dog, it was the parents who were distressed about something.

In the nest stood only one of the babies.  The larger one.

The other owlet was nowhere to be seen.  Apparently it is common for the larger bird to push the smaller birds out of the nest.

My neighbour searched the ground and nearby bushes while I kept an eye out for the parents who were swooping close to us warning us to keep away.   She did not find anything and dissapointed, the two of us turned to walk back home when I spotted the second one.

This smaller owlet had been pushed out of the nest, but there was a slight ledge a few feet below where it looked like it may  have landed safely.

The ledge may or may not be high enough to keep the owlet safe from the coyotes.  But, this narrow ledge is fully exposed to the midday and afternoon sun and it topped 100 today.   This bird may need to be rescued.

I didn’t get a photo to capture the perspective.  But I plan to visit again tomorrow and I hope to keep you posted.  Thanks for visiting.



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