Hoo hoo!!! Calling on the Great Horned Owls!!! It's time to check up on you all!
Owls are tricky birds to locate. However once you know where they like to nest, it's not hard to find these magnificent birds!
I am happy to report that the 5 sites(that I know about) have returning pairs of Great Horned Owls again this year. There are certainly more nests around Tucson as I hear people talk about their favorite neighborhood owls.
Once I know where they hang out, I like to keep their locations secret:)
Of course the moon and the owl go hand in hand. On this day, Kathie would spot the owl on the Saguaro! Both birder/blogger/friend Cynthia and myself were ecstatic. Now we knew they were there because Kathie has been keeping her eyes on them. I am currently watching on a daily basis two nests again....one at my work site and another at a favorite local patch of mine.
However many tourists were in the area and we directed our cameras from the owl while they passed us by. They didn't stop and our subterfuge worked! Usually, we get a "helpful" soul who ends up frightening the birds away. Or we get the question, "Whatcha lookin' at?" On a recent outing, I was trying to film a gnatcatcher while a burly man came by and blocked my shot asking loudly, "Looking for them hawks?!" Did it look like my camera was pointed at the sky??!!! The bird was on a bush! If it had been a lifebird, he would have heard a few choice words:) Thankfully I got the shots needed. So the moral of this story is.....direct your camera away from your subject while people are around. And if possible, direct it at a plant or at someone near you. When the danger has cleared, relocate your subject and film!
Once they left, our cameras went back to the owl again:)
It's now nesting time for our owls here in Tucson and Southern Arizona. I wonder "hoo" else is out there?:)