About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Share: Great Horned Owl Chicks in Nest

Great horned owls are one of the most widespread and successful bird species in the United States with a geographic range that covers most of North America and extends south into Central and South America. They inhabit nests abandoned by squirrels or other birds, including other great horned owls. And their primary diet is likely to consist of rodents and insects.

It usually takes 6 to 9 weeks for the owls to fledge and then another 5 to 10 weeks before they become independent.

The average life expectancy of great horned owls is 13 years. The record for the longest life in the wild is 28 years old. In captivity, the average lifespan is 20 years and the longest recorded lifespan is 35 years.

If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.    

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can't help but smile at that picture! They look like a Jim Henson muppet character.

I finally spotted a Wild Birds Unlimited near my home and was compelled to stop by after learning so much from your blog. No more pet stores for my bird feeding needs. Thanks for the continued blogging and teaching! Happy mother's day.