- Southeast Arizona Birding Guide, Richard Fray - http://www.arizonabirder.com -

Great Horned Owl

Great-Horned-Owl-Tucson-10-0731-04 [1]Great-Horned-Owl-Tucson-10-0731-03 [2]My friend Marie called this afternoon to say there was an owl in her pine tree. And so there was – a recently fledged juvenile GREAT HORNED OWL. It was clearly naive, roosting in an open location during monsoon and being harassed by the local Cactus Wrens and mockingbirds. This ‘teenager’ is presumably from a local nest and is trying to establish a territory for itself, having been ‘kicked out’ by mom and dad. I was able to get a few reasonable photos as it glared down, not at me and my camera but at Marie’s kids playing in their playhouse next to us.