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The Great Horned Owls are back in Rocky Mountain National Park! We saw our first ones today on Old Fall River Road. It was so good to see them back again.

The female Great Horned Owl has been sitting on her nest now for 34 straight days. The male comes and feeds her, but she hasn’t moved. Her eggs should hatch sometime in the next week.

The male Great Horned Owl is perched in a tree nearby so he can keep watch over the female sitting on her nest way up high in the Ponderosa Pine tree. We were told that yesterday he perched right near her in the nest while a flock of Ravens tormented her, trying to get her to move off of her nest so they could get the eggs.

The first photograph is of the male keeping watch from the dead tree. The second photograph is the female sitting on her nest. You can just about make out her little tufted ears through the branches.

They are such magnificent birds!

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4 Responses to “The Great Horned Owls Are Back In Rocky Mountain National Park!”

  1. Steve says:

    Is this just after the Alluvial Fan?

  2. Mel says:

    Yes, it is. You can see them from the road.

  3. Manny says:

    That look seems to say: “I know I am Great and Who are you?”

  4. Kathleen says:

    ‘…..I AM THE GREAT OZ……..whoooooo are YOU!…….’
    Sorry, it just came to mind! :D

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