Owls and Great Blue Herons

Great Horned Owl chicks

Great Horned Owl chicks

 

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owls

Barn Owls

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Horned Owl Chicks

Great Horned Owl Chicks

 

Here are some recent photographs of Great Horned Owl chicks and Barn Owls. The unusual part is that they were in the same barn and coexisted. Usually Great Horned are dominant and will kill or chase away the Barn owls.

 

The Great Blue Herons are in tall pine trees near the coast and the young can fly but still hang around the nest to be fed by the adults. It is not smart to stand directly under the nest as the extensive “white-wash” on the ground is a warning.

Cedar Waxwings ” Masked Bandits”

Cedar Waxwing on Mulberry Tree

Cedar Waxwing on Mulberry Tree

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Every April a swarm of Cedar Waxwings swoop down on our Mulberry Tree. They are like little masked bandits who steal all the ripe berries within minutes and then fly to a nearby tree to rest after their gluttony. I have a blind set up in my backyard and can photograph them as close as 10 ft away without any reaction from them, but when I leave the blind a flock of as many as 30 birds instantly takeoff.