In Queens, which is, as I may have mentioned before, the best borough in New York City, there is a park that has hosted breeding Great Horned Owls Bubo virginianus for several years running. That is as specific as I am willing to be about the location of the nest simply because too many people knowing where the nest is would invariably lead to too many people visiting and putting undue stress on the birds. But, seeing as I do know where the nest is, I couldn’t resist bringing my own little nestling, Desi, to visit the owl nestlings, along with our friend, Kerry (who long-time 10,000 Birds readers will remember). Only one nestling was in sight at the nest and neither mom nor dad owl could be found, so we made due with the one nestling we could see. We maintained a respectful distance and viewed and photographed through the scope to avoid freaking out the owl family.
The nestling Great Horned Owl is above and the nest tree, with the nestling peaking out on the left side of the top of the broken-off tree, barely visible, is below, followed by some more nestling shots.
Of course, while we are on the topic of cute nestlings, here is my own little Desi-nestling, helpfully adjusting the scope so Kerry could get a better look at a Tricolored Heron.
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