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    Nesting owls in backyard

    This is so cool.
    We've noticed a pair of barred owls hanging around a lot, but as wooded as we are, it wasn't out of the ordinary.
    We get all kinds of critters passin' thru. Foxes, coyotes, possums, armidillos, deer, hogs, all kinds of birds and hawks, stray local cows and one alligator so far.
    But when I saw one of the owls flying into a hollow in one of our oak trees with food, I knew we had a family.

    So I watched em for a couple of days...

    And sure enough, today the little ones were looking out. Saw two of em in there, all fuzzy. Probably close to 10" tall already.
    Had to use the zoom to keep from getting too close, out of respect for respect for my fuzzy little neighbors.





    This is momma or daddy, not sure which one, they both look very similar.



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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Neat!!

    Thanks for the pictures!
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    I bet they are trying to get to your SGs.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Nice pics and nice owls. We have several barred owls nesting and living quite close but the live oaks are so thick and so tall we have little chance of ever finding a nest or often even seeing them. We sure do hear them!!
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    I think you should name one Hedwig.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Very cool!
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    They'll do a good job of keeping the rodent population down.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    That is so cool! We have not seen any nests but we sure do hear them! We also have 3 sets of red tail hawks that live in the area behind us. It is registered wet lands. Momma otter brings her babies to eat the frogs in our pond. She is so used to use she does not leave when we go out to watch them.

    Sounds like you live in paradise as do we! LOVE IT!

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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Great Post! I love Owls for so many reasons, but they are just amazing creatures.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    that is really kewl
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    I can't wait to show Skippy this. He loves owls and while we have a couple now and then we rarely get to see them.

    Three Cheers for Mother Nature!!!

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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    I'm glad that you all enjoyed the owl pics.

    I got lucky this evening & got a great pic of momma with the twins...
    Must be dinner time.

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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    That's great. Postcard/National Geographic material.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    That's awesome they are so pretty

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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Amazing pic!!
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    I would have to print that one out and frame it with the caption: Just out the back door!

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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Yeah, I was lucky to catch that.
    I feel so fortunate to have a yard that's like a state park, without all the tourists. 2 1/2 acres of Old Florida.

    It's pretty rural around here. Dirt roads and back woods country charm.
    And luckily it has stayed that way in spite of all the growth & sprawl around us.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Quote Originally Posted by SGPlayer View Post
    I'm glad that you all enjoyed the owl pics.

    I got lucky this evening & got a great pic of momma with the twins...
    Must be dinner time.

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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Congrats! I had a new visitor to my pool last week. We live in downtown Charleston so while not rare, it is not common to have marsh creatures in my backyard. Thursday we were celebrating the last night of Passover and I left the table to do something and looked out back and there was a gorgeous heron with a beautiful yellow crest by the pool. I didn't have my phone on me or I would have snapped a picture. He was back Sunday morning and once again I didn't have my phone. I hope to capture him for posterity.
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    Re: Nesting owls in backyard

    Quote Originally Posted by otter86753 View Post
    Congrats! I had a new visitor to my pool last week. We live in downtown Charleston so while not rare, it is not common to have marsh creatures in my backyard. Thursday we were celebrating the last night of Passover and I left the table to do something and looked out back and there was a gorgeous heron with a beautiful yellow crest by the pool. I didn't have my phone on me or I would have snapped a picture. He was back Sunday morning and once again I didn't have my phone. I hope to capture him for posterity.
    Lol you need to start bringing your phone around more so you snap us a picture!

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