NOTE: This observation is a continuation of a previous post. The earlier article can be found here: Great Horned Owl – VCDB Nests Update 1

We have owlets! I was able to get photographic evidence of at least one, and maybe two owlets, in the south nest this weekend. And, I have it on good authority that there are owlets in the north nest as well. Unfortunately, the female Great Horned Owls was sitting tight on that nest and I did not get the opportunity to photograph its contents.

Based on conversations I had with other photographers at the Village Creek Drying Beds, our best estimate for when the first owlets hatched would be sometime on the morning of February 16. Of course, Great Horned Owls begin incubating their eggs as soon as each one is laid. That means that it typically takes several days for the entire clutch to hatch. There may be more owlets on the way!

NOTE: This observation is continued here: Great Horned Owl – VCDB Nests Update 3

I could tell something unusual was going on at the south nest as soon as I arrived.
I could tell something unusual was going on at the south nest as soon as I arrived.
It had to be owlets!  One and maybe two young Great Horned Owls are visible in this photograph.
It had to be owlets! One and maybe two young Great Horned Owls are visible in this photograph.
All was quiet at the north nest as the mother owl was sitting tight.
All was quiet at the north nest as the mother owl was sitting tight.

Observation Details

County Tarrant
City Arlington
Date Feb 23, 2013
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Water-Bog/Marsh/Swamp
Type of Behavior Care of Young
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
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