Great Horned Owl

Well we had quite the wind storm and accompanying power outages last night. While it had settled down somewhat by the time I headed out to Reifel this afternoon, there was still a cool breeze. With a smaller crowd than normal for a Sunday, it was fairly quiet as I headed out the east dyke.

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper

This Brown Creeper was busy foraging moving from tree to another. There were also some Ruby-crowned Kinglets, but none that were going to cooperate for photos. On reaching the northeast corner,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the Great Horned Owls roosting in a branch a little lower than it has been of late. I set the camera up here for visitors allowing them good close up views.

While showing and watching the owl I took time out to feed the eager Black-capped Chickadees that had gathered looking for handouts.

Then it was back to the Great Horned Owl as it cleaned its talons,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… and posed with its feathers all puffed up.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

There were enough visitors coming by and enjoying the owl that I spent the afternoon there.

Great Horned Owl

There was a decent crowd at Reifel when I arrived to help out on the trails this afternoon. There weather was a mixed bag with sun, clouds and some light rain. Some highlights from the morning walk were Rough-legged Hawk, American Bittern, Belted Kingfisher and Varied Thrush. There was also a Great Horned Owl at the northeast corner again. As owls are always a favourite for visitors I headed there first. The owl was in a better spot for viewing today than last week.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

I ended up spending the entire afternoon with the camera set up on the Great Horned Owl utilizing the live view feature so people could get a good close look. Needless to say this owl was a hit with everyone who came by.

Great Horned Owl

While I have had distant views of the Great Horned Owl juveniles at Reifel, there have been no real photo opportunities for me. That changed late this afternoon.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

At the end of the day as I was starting to make my way back,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… this Great Horned Owl juvenile showed up at the northeast corner of the east dyke trail.