May 14, 2015


This great horned owl chick is in still in the nest. It's sibling left yesterday and is somewhere else in the tree.

The nest appears to be a broken branch in the shape of a bowl.

Bubo virginianus

When clenched, a Great Horned Owl’s strong talons require a force of 28 pounds to open. The owls use this deadly grip to sever the spine of large prey.

The oldest Great Horned Owl on record was at least 28 years old when it was found in Ohio in 2005.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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