Great Horned Owl chick, London Ontario, April 17, 2017
A well known owl near downtown London.
The chicks fledged yesterday and we just saw the one plus an adult.
Great Horned Owls have large eyes, pupils that open widely in the dark, and retinas containing many rod cells for excellent night vision. Their eyes don’t move in their sockets, but they can swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction. They also have sensitive hearing, thanks in part to facial disc feathers that direct sound waves to their ears.