Great Horned Owl

Gotta tell you: I spend an awful lot of time reading information on web sites.  I’ve just spent an hour trying to gain information about an owl that was quite vocal about 5 o’clock this morning.  From my recent search, I suspect it was a Great Horned Owl.  The call I heard doesn’t quite match the descriptions on the web but all the information suggests this is an ideal habitat for them.  Reading about their diet leads me to acknowledge that I have prepared a banquet table for Great Horned Owls.  They eat birds, rabbits, and squirrels (to name only a few).  With nine (9) miscellaneous types of bird seed feeders, I attract a wide variety of song birds.  In addition, I have a suet feeder for the Woodpeckers, mealworm feeder for the Bluebirds, and two (2) Hummingbird feeders.  I have five (“yes” 5) feeders dedicated specifically for squirrels.  Cottontail rabbits eat alfalfa pellets from a dog dish on my patio.  I have two (2) bird baths to supply water to my critters.  Until today, I did not know that I have a smorgusbord of food for birds of prey.  It makes me sad to think that one of my backyard visitors might have become dinner for an owl.

One comment on “Great Horned Owl

  1. sadaemon says:

    Lorraine,

    You likely are not feeding the owl as much as you suspect: owls are very wary of human contact, and most of your guests are daytime feeders, while owls are nighttime and twilight feeders.

    Also, owls are magnificent creatures. They need to feed as much as the hummingbird.

    I hope you get to see your new neighbor, as well as hear him!

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