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Posted by: atowhee | July 16, 2018

TAKING WING

Peter Thiemann, co-author of our book on Great Gray Owls, shared this photo of a pair of fledglings in the trees in the southern Cascades.  These siblings are now starting to fly short distances.  GGOwlets are flightless when they first leave the nest and must use feet and beak to climb back to safety in the forest.GGO TWINSUntil they have full flight the female GGO is usually on sentinel duty though she will take short hunting excursions but always near the young.  Meanwhile, dad has to find about 4 rodents per owl every twenty-four hours. Thus he is hunt…hunt…hunt…so he can often be seen hunting a meadow even in mid-day.  Note these two are just beginning to get real tail feathers which will eventually be over a third of their overall length.  The dler is the one on the left, he could be as much as a week older.

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