Last year toward the end of March we had a new baby in the area. I first noticed this guy in the creek when tide was out!! I saw this white mass in the mud…fluttering around. I wasn’t sure at first what it was. After getting the binoculars out and really zooming in, we immediately saw it was a baby owl, a Great Horned Owl. He was nestled against the bulkhead on my neighbor’s side of the creek, stuck in the mud. The neighbors have a pool and more importantly – pool equipment. She was able to use the net and gently scoop this ‘little’ guy up into her yard.
photo by Kim
Doesn’t he look mad as a wet hen?
The mother was around, we could hear her. As you look out my back door to the right, the creek dead ends about 3 to 4 houses down. Above the creek was the nest, the neighbor could see it, I couldn’t. After calls to the Virginia Living Museum and others, it was decided that a make shift nest was formed in the back part of the neighbor’s yard. It was a long night and next day as we worried about the owl baby getting back to his nest and away from any predators. Long story short….mama owl got baby, who could flutter a bit into the air, back up to the nest. He continued to grow and flourish. My neighbor got another photo of him as he matured a bit. When the weather is good and windows are open we can hear the owls up and down the creek.
photo by Kim