great horned

last night christopher and I heard a familiar screetch outside my house. we’ve never been able to find what was making the noise, but assumed it was some species of juvenile owl. last night, right at dusk, we followed the sound out onto the back deck and looked around. within a few seconds we spotted her: a juvenile great-horned owl sitting perfectly in clear view in the closest tree to the east of the house. she was staring down at us and then rolling her head around in the most curious of ways. turns out it’s an attempt to get a better look at what they’re looking at – by enhancing the perspectives from which they’re seeing something. no sooner had christopher said, “wow…i wish i could see her in flight” did she spread her wings and soar right over us, landing in another nearby tree. we rushed inside to look up photos and calls to ensure her identity (of which christopher is 99% certain and i’m about 80%) and soon heard a second owl returning her calls. pretty special. and judging from the multiple evenings we’ve heard the same calls, i think we’re officially part of this incredible creature’s regular territory. what an honor!

next time we see or hear her i’ll get some photos and record her calls.


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