Great horned owl chicks growing up fast

The great horned owl chicks nesting at the Wildflower Center suddenly look like owls rather than fuzzy, gray buzzards, which the owlets resembled only a week and a half ago, before their down had been replaced with brown, adult feathers.

Yesterday I popped over to the Wildflower Center at opening time in hopes of getting a glimpse of the mother owl and all three chicks. Mother kept her distance again, and only one chick was bold—or awake—enough to gaze around as people passed by. The other two remained hunkered down behind the sotol in the wall planter.

What a beautiful bird. I hope to visit at least once more before the chicks fledge.

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8 Responses

  1. They are growing up fast. Thanks for keeping us posted.

    And, you’re right…they do look more like owls, now.

  2. commonweeder says:

    what a treat to be able to watch these birds grow.

  3. Jenn says:

    Man, I want a baby owl stuffed animal. SO fuzzy!

  4. laguna dirt says:

    what great photos! love seeing the changes up close! nothing to say but…so cute!!

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What handsome birds.

  6. Truly fantastic creatures. Love the pics capturing the new look!

  7. Candy Suter says:

    They are growing so fast that is sure! And so cute! Thanks for giving us an update!

  8. Gorgeous creatures aren’t they?~~Dee