Monday, April 17, 2017

Great Horned Owl


Hello,

During our time in Florida, we often visited the nearby Lake Parker Park in Lakeland.
We would check out the Great Horned Owl and it's baby owls at least once a week. It was fun watching them grow.  These images are taken from a distance and the owl's nest was on top of a light pole that was on the soccer field.


I am sharing a few facts about these owls. The outer ears are concealed by feathers on the side of the head.




Their iris is yellow and their eyes are ranked are among the largest in the animal kingdom.


Their bill is hard and inflexible.


It was awesome seeing the owlets. One on each side of the adult. I assume this is the adult female, we never saw the two parents together.

Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

127 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Beautiful shots of the owls! They are so pretty. I can hear a owl here in the night, but I have never seen it.

    Happy Monday, and enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Hello, I just love the owls. Thank you for the comment. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  2. That is very interesting, but look where the nest is, thats amazing.
    Great, Gordon.

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    1. Hello, the nest is amazing and cool that it was on the soccer field. Thank you for the comment.
      Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the comment! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  4. It's amazing the places they find to build a nest. How fun it must have been to see those babies.

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    1. Hello, yes they do find some weird places to build their nest. The babies were adorable. Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  5. Que beleza!!! Fotos sensacionais!ADOREI! Linda semana! bjs, chica

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    1. Hello, Chica! Thanks so much for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  6. The Mum is the cutest ever, and to think she has two babies up there, precarious is the wind blew hard, guess the Dad brings food every so often. What fab photos.

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    1. Hello Nancy, I worried about the wind and thunder storms. The nest is high on a pole but they seemed to survive. Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  7. Hello Eileen,
    What a special place to see these owls. Good to see you've photograph them.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. Hello Marco, It was cool to see these owl on a nest out in the open. Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  8. Incredible photos, Eileen. Have a nice week.

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    1. Hello Mildred, thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  9. How exciting to be able to observe these delightful owls. Fantastic photos Eileen! Thanks so much for sharing them and have a great week :)

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    1. Hi Denise, I was delighted to see these owls. Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  10. If that isn't the best photo catch ever.
    Look at those perky little newbies atop of that light pole!
    Bet momma has to keep a keen eye on those babies . . .
    You are the best Eileen . . . finding owlets for us to see!

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    1. Hello Lynne, I was thrilled to see these owlets. But they were out in the open too, easy to spot. Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  11. Aren't they so cute, the Owletts.

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    1. Hi Bob, the owlets are cute! Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  12. great serie! They look a little bit sleepy

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    1. Hello Sussi, They might have just woke up. Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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    1. Hi Tom, thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  14. the owlets made me smile and I love the way they are peering at you with one eye in some of the photos

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    1. Hello Sandra, I just love owls. Thanks so much for the comment and visit. Enjoy your day!

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  15. Hari OM
    My word, what spring delights!!! YAM xx

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  16. Hi Eileen,
    wonderful photos of the owl and owlets. They are hidden, but visible. Great !
    Best, Synnöve

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    1. Hello, I am happy you liked the owls. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  17. Such beautiful photos of Mom and babies!!

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    1. Hello Florence, thanks so much for dropping by and for the comment. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  18. That is something I would really love to see. How fun for you.

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    1. Hello Mary, it was fun seeing these cute owls. Thanks for the visit and comment. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  19. I love those guys. A hooter sent our dogs nutzo about eleven last night. About gave me a cardiac.

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    1. Hello, I love the owls too. I can imagine your dog's surprise. They can be loud. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Hello Cloudia, thanks so much for the comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  21. Baby owls are SO funny.

    They have such serious faces in a big ball of FLUFF!

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    1. Hello Dee, lol! You are so right about the baby owl's faces. Thanks so much for the comment.
      Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  22. Beautiful captures, Eileen! I never see any owls here in Montreal, but that doesn't mean there aren't any, because I am sure they are somewhere here in Quebec. Thank you so much for sharing your always lovely and delightful photos, and I hope you have a great week ahead. :)

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    1. Hello, Linda! I would think the owls are near you too. I appreciate your visit and comment! Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  23. Getting to see an owl's nest and owlets in the daytime, what a treat!

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    1. Hello, yes it was easy to see the owl's on top of the light pole. The other light poles on the soccer field had ospreys. The nest were everywhere. Thanks so much for the comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  25. Boa tarde, a coruja é uma ave linda com grande técnica de voo, as jovens corujas de olhos amarelos vão aprender facilmente a viver, as fotos são perfeitas.
    AG

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  26. Hi Eileen, lovely photos of the owls. I did not realize their eyes were so large. Thanks for sharing such interesting facts and your photos.
    Robin

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    1. Hello, yes they have big eyes. I was a distance away and they looked big. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  27. i have only seen these in photos ... hope to one day see one in person. gorgeous shots. what a beauty!! happy week, Eileen!! take care. ( :

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    1. Hello Beth, I hope you get to see them some day. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  28. Oh I love these photos of the owl and her babies! Great captures, Eileen!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Hello Christine, I loved seeing the owls too. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  29. Awwww...how sweet!! I never see any owls here and I think they must me around!! Very nice captures!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, they were sweet! Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Hello Linda, thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  31. Oh my goodness, I love the owl photos! They are so sweet!

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    1. Hello Judy, They are sweet! Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  33. Gosh Eileen, it's been absolutely amazing to see the owl and owlets through your photos!! Thank you :D)
    They're so very clever to choose the light tops for their nest (so nice of the authorities to allow them to stay too - cheers to them). It would give them warmth and height but it's also great as many people such as yourself can photograph them. A great post... enjoy your week :D)

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    1. Hello Sue, these owls picked a weird spot on the soccer field to make their nest. But, they are doing well so that is good. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  34. An amazing sight. So glad you were able to get pictures!

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    1. Hello Lois, I was thrilled to find them too. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  35. I bet there were arguments agout turning off the light (hee hee). Great capture

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  36. So they've claimed the light post as their nest. I suppose if you chop the trees, birds need to get flexible. ;-)

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    1. Hello, Yes, these birds seem to do well there. thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  37. Wow great photos. They look right at home in their nest in the light. : )

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    1. Hello, They do seem happy. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  39. I would have been so excited to see them!!!

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    1. Hello Rose, I was excited to see them. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  40. Hello Eileen, how interesting to see this owl in this environment. Not something I'd expect to see. Great shots!

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    1. Hello Ellen, the soccer field is an odd spot for their nest. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  41. Adorable! I can't help but smile at the nest site they chose.

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    1. Hello Patti, the owls may be soccer fans. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  42. Such great photos, Eileen! They really are amazing birds! I once saw one swoop down in front of my car after a cat! Hope you had a nice Easter! xx Karen

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    1. Hello, they are amazing birds. Always a treat to see, just not too close to a car. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  44. Hi Eileen,
    Great photos of owls.
    How exciting to be able to observe these magnificent owls.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Hello Irma, I was thrilled to see the owls on the nest. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  45. Great pictures..Thanks for the education..I just love Owls!!

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    1. Thanks Missy! I always appreciate your visits and comments. I love the owls too. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  46. I love your pictures. I had an encounter of some sort of raptor last week in a tree when I was taking my dog out on a leash. He was sitting in a tree watching my chicken coop. He actually hissed & growled.I was shocked,thought it was a raccoon or something at first,but then it took off with a huge spread of wings. Scared me. I wanna think it was a golden eagle as I am close to a deer farm.Love your great horned owl,we have them too but have not seen 1 for awhile,have a great week!phyllis

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    1. Hello Phyllis, that sounds like an awesome raptor sighting. I would love to see the Golden Eagle. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  47. What a fantastic set of pictures.

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    1. Hello Findlay, thanks so much for your comment. Happy birding, enjoy your day!

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  48. Love the owls. We have the great horned here, but we only hear them at night and if we are lucky we have a Harry Potter moment as they fly through the yard light into the dark night sky. They next around here, but we haven't found their nests yet. Great photos.

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    1. Hello Ann, I love the owls too. I have heard the Barred owls calling from my yard. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  49. Lovely to see your photo's, especially the owlets.
    Thanks too for the information.

    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hello Jan, the owlets are cute. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  50. LOVE these! I would like to come across a Great Horned Owl!

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    1. Hello Michelle, it is awesome to see any kind of owl. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  51. These are so cute! I will spy on them every day. Would like to see and owlet (I have never seen one).

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    1. Hello, Ruth! I hope you get to see an owl in the wild. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  52. What a place for their nest! Great photos! Owls are so beautiful and amazing birds.

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    1. Hello, it is a weird spot for their nest. They are beautiful! Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  53. That must be a really safe place for the owls to nest. Lots of light to see what they are doing - the owls and birders alike!

    Thanks for sharing those owls Eileen.

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    1. Hello, Phil! Yes, I think the owls are safe. I think they must enjoy watching the soccer games down below. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  54. Owls atop a light pole - amazing!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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    1. Hello Lea, they did pick an amazing spot for their nest. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  55. I have never seen an owl for real. What fun they must be to watch, especially the babies as they grow.

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    1. Hello, it is neat seeing the baby owls. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  56. Blue skies, beautiful day, tough job here but some owl has to keep his/her eye on stuff, right?!

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    1. Hello, I enjoyed my views of the sky and nest. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  57. I love your owl images, Eileen. It seems a strange place for a nest, but I guess they stay warm at night and they've got a good all-round view.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. With best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Hello, I would think the lights are only on during the night time soccer games. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  58. Great photos, they're such impressive owls!

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    1. Hello, they are beautiful owls! Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  59. Oh how neat.... I don't know much about Owls --but love the Great Horned Owls.... I've never seen one (other than pictures, zoos, etc.).... The little Owlets are adorable...

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  60. Oh, what a special bird.
    You are so clever, find them all.

    Happy aprildays ahead.
    Hugs from Anne-Mari

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  61. The owls are gorgeous! I especially love the owlets.

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  62. Beautifully captured! They are amazing birds!

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  63. I think I have only seen owls about 8 times (maybe 9) in my life, and never, have I seen a nest with little ones in it. That would be a dream, but for now, I am thrilled to see your Great Horned Owl family. I must add, Eileen, that your kindness in alway responding to my posts, even when they are few and far between, and even when they are way late, is SO appreciated. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

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  64. Aren't owls awesome? Any owls. The great horned owl I photographed I even named her..
    Olivia

    Loved viewing your pics

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  65. Awww, what beautiful shots of mama and baby. Love these :)
    Wendy

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  66. How adorable and lucky to be able to follow their progress Eileen...

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  67. it is interesting to see what our modern cities can be used by the animals and birds. Nice to see your shots of the young :)

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  68. Wow! Very cool to see! The baby birds, no matter which ones, sure do grow fast! Yesterday I was visited by five Carolina Wrens fledglings! I look forward to seeing Burrowing Owls on your blog sometime! Hugs!

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