Looking ahead…before I know it the Great Horned Owls will be nesting. This can take place anywhere from mid February onwards.
The Horned Owls are the earliest of nesters that we have…so come Feb I’ll be checking on abandoned nests that had been built by hawks and crows since owls don’t build their own nests.
You wouldn’t be expecting to find a Great Horned Owl nesting close to a high human traffic location…as was the case in St.Vital Park this past spring/summer. The site was close to the road and a few meters from a well used walkway.
Owls are not nests builders and use nests built by crows or other raptors. The un-used nest in the pine tree provided the perfect location for Mamma Owl to raise their three owlets.
Early morning visit to another Great Horned Owl nest site. Interesting how the locations all within Wpg have been at different stages.