Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bird of the Day

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in North America.  It is very adaptable and can thrive in many different types of habitats.  A fierce predator that can take down animals larger than itself.  I had the once in a lifetime day with this one.  It spent the entire day in our backyard catching frogs and snakes.

Fun facts about the Great Horned Owl

-The deep "hoot" of a Great Horned is the one associated with owls.
-They have been known to prey on other owls, Osprey, falcons, and hawks.
-A clenched talon of a Great Horned Owl takes an amazing 28 pounds of force to open.  
-The "horned" of a Great Horned Owl is actually feather tufts.

Have you ever seen a Great Horned Owl in the wild? Tell us about it in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. What a great experience! We have barred owls, but haven't seen a "horned" one. Interesting fact that they prey on other predator birds.