I follow our local Chenango Valley State Park on FB, and they recently posted a photo of a great horned owl and baby owlet. I’ve already gone there several times to check out the eagles, which are supposed to have an egg hatched recently. So it wasn’t a matter of ‘if’ I was going to see the owls, but when!
Last Saturday, I got ther early, by 10am. I went first to see the eagles nest, and met a runner who also stopped to look at the nest. I asked her if she knew where the owls were, and she did not.
So I took a walk, and on my return, I ran into a birder. How could I tell? It would be the big binoculars and the cap that had a black bird and the words “RAVEN LUNATIC”. Easy to spot! She gave me a detailed description of how to find the owls, and off I went. Funny thing, on my way, the runner came back to find me, because she had also found the owls!
They were just sitting on a branch, the owlet covered in down, almost leaning on the mom. I got several photos and returned later with Jamey, who got me started on the whole eagle spotting. It was only fair to share the owls with him!