Spring Baby

They’ve come back, the Great Horned Owl couple.  Their perennial arrival to nest is as predictable as the grass turning green and the leaves bursting out from the bare branches. They even check into the same abode.

After a long wait since April, I finally got to see the new addition last week. This time, an only child.

Here’s baby peeking out to feast on the sights and sounds of spring:

Baby in nest

A close-up of this spring baby:

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Mom or Dad is always watching close by, here basking in the evening sun:

At dusk

Yesterday, it’s baby’s day out. Where’s Waldo?

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Look up, there he is, at the top of the tree trunk:


Trying out wings:


and showing off a downy coat:


As always, Mom is nearby, ever watchful:

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Posing for all the nature paparazzi below, here it is, the feat of turning your head 180º:

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Enjoy while you can, soon you’ll be an empty nester, too soon.



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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

11 thoughts on “Spring Baby”

    1. A few weeks. The whole family will disappear usually by end of June. It’s likely that Jr. will stay with Mom and Dad for a while longer somewhere else. But for sure, it’s only the parents that come back to nest year after year.

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  1. The rituals of spring! It’s funny –just as you look forward to the owls returning, I look forward to your posts about them. I just learned this year that there’s a great horned owl who nests every year in a planter at the Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center in Austin. The nest is well protected, but low enough that people can watch her peering back at them over the edge of the planter. These encounters are such fun, and strangely touching. I so much enjoyed this!


  2. Omg Arti this is adorable! Snags (dead trees) provide very important nesting habitat for many species. We had a crabapple tree in our yard die and pruned some of the dead branches off but left most of the trunk, because Northern Flickers thought it a wonderful condo to raise their babies!

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    1. This sure is one Snag that birders know well. The Great Horned Owl couple come back annually to nest. We have lots of Northern Flickers too. I suppose we have similar environs? But for sure I’m way more north than you are.


  3. Oh my…so glad they come back and that you go back with your camera. Amazing shots. I enjoyed every one. I still want to see an owl in the wild…


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