Owl Fascination Abounds

Spring 2023 brought a frenzy of reproduction in the natural world. Many people have stood for hours watching and photographing a barred owl (Strix varia) pair and a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) pair raise their young. In early May, observers began to see the fledglings of both pairs exploring the immediate environs.

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Barred owl fledgling (Strix varia)   Photo by Ed Eder
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Barred owl nesting cavity   Photo by Ed Eder
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Barred owl (Strix varia)   Photo by Ed Eder
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Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)  Photo by Ed Eder

Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) too are raising their young, attracting a steady stream of admirers to view the nest activity near the Haul Road trail. We are trying to confirm if the other two bald eagle nests are active as well.

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Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) mating    Photo by Jim Stone

Please respect these birds and stay on the trail. Thank you, Ed Eder, for the photographs.

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