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      02-28-2017, 10:25 PM   #10297
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digging through some older pics.
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This is one of my all time favs. It's a baby Eastern Screech Owl popping its head out at dusk. Not long after we moved into our home, I did a lot of work to naturalize our property and make it nature friendly. I built and hung three owl boxes. Two were in the woods at what I thought were prime locations for owls to nest. The third, I figured wtf, and hung it in a tree in our front yard about 25 ft from the house facing right into my kids bedroom window. Low and behold a pair of owls decided to use that one for their nesting box. We got to watch them all season from the time the two adults (a red phase male and a gray phase female) set up shop until they fledged. It was an awesome way to introduce the kids to the beauty of nature.


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This is one of my all time favs. It's a baby Eastern Screech Owl popping its head out at dusk. Not long after we moved into our home, I did a lot of work to naturalize our property and make it nature friendly. I built and hung three owl boxes. Two were in the woods at what I thought were prime locations for owls to nest. The third, I figured wtf, and hung it in a tree in our front yard about 25 ft from the house facing right into my kids bedroom window. Low and behold a pair of owls decided to use that one for their nesting box. We got to watch them all season from the time the two adults (a red phase male and a gray phase female) set up shop until they fledged. It was an awesome way to introduce the kids to the beauty of nature.
Josh, very neat story and pictures.

Over the years, I found great horned owls nesting right where there's lots of people traffic. GHO takes nests-of-convenience, meaning they don't build their own. They usually take a hawk nest from the prior year.

I wouldn't say that owls "enjoy" people, but they are not too disturbed by us, in general.
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Josh, very neat story and pictures.

Over the years, I found great horned owls nesting right where there's lots of people traffic. GHO takes nests-of-convenience, meaning they don't build their own. They usually take a hawk nest from the prior year.

I wouldn't say that owls "enjoy" people, but they are not too disturbed by us, in general.
Thanks. We have GHOs nesting in the neighborhood too. This year they had a really late (second) brood and babies were begging for food well into December. They make a pretty creepy screaming sound when they're hungry.
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      03-01-2017, 10:28 AM   #10303
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Thanks. We have GHOs nesting in the neighborhood too. This year they had a really late (second) brood and babies were begging for food well into December. They make a pretty creepy screaming sound when they're hungry.
Wow! That really surprises me. A "late" nest in Colorado would be March or April. Most of our nests are started in February, with a few earlier and a few later. I usually see the fledglings for two to three months after fledging, so that's usually over before summer is over.

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Love the owl shots Josh!

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Nice bear. Is that a local shot, or do have to go further north? Curious, I was looking at your flickr photostream. Lots of cool sightings. It got me wondering how long of a drive it would be to check out some snowy owls, black bears, grizzlies, etc.

the fish shots are great too, btw.
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Thanks man, that bear pic was taken up near Lake Nipigon, but we've got bears around here as well, just not the numbers like Northern Ontario. Snowy owls are all over Southern Ontario in the winter. The grizzly shots were taken out west on a road trip last summer. Fish shots are all over the place (Some taken in NY, OH and PA as well)

Use this link, it's super helpful to figure out where the birds are Looks like there are some Snowy sightings in PA.

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?n...&emo=12&yr=cur
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Thanks, I check the e-bird reports pretty regularly. Its a great link. I'm in South East, PA, near Philly. There have been a couple of individual sightings about an hour to my west, but it doesn't seem like any are repeatable this year, unforunately.

There's been a few Snowies that are easy to find about 50 miles from our place on Keuka Lake in NY this winter. Unfortunately, I haven't had any time to get up to the house for maintenance let alone bird chasing. There's also the two Great Grays in Robert Mose St Park near Massena this winter that I'd love to get out and see. No luck with time for that either, though.

Just to stay on topic, we did a little hiking last weekend and found a graffiti spot in the middle of the woods:

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A quick snapshot of the Big Apple today from Liberty State Park in lovely Jersey City.


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^^^Very cool shot, Ed.
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Fabulous wildlife shots from everyone, well done.

To get back to the more mundane, here's a shot of our river estuary at low tide. The River Lossie winds its way around the East Beach before finally emptying into The Moray Firth.
Although the sky looks quite threatening, it wasn't a bad afternoon here today. The temperature was up to around 8C.

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