All posts tagged: Owl

Great Horned Owl – What Do They Eat?

The adult owls and the owlets appeared in our back yard at about 9:45 PM for three nights in a row. The adults hunted and the owlets begged for food. It didn’t take very long for the adult to serve up dinner on top of the large rock in the field. Two owlets quickly joined the adult. They started to tear the prey apart. The other adult was calling – hoo-h’HOO-hoo-hoo – nearby but out of sight, possibly feeding the third owlet. The owl on the rock would respond to the call by turning its head in the direction the sound was coming from. What do Great Horned Owls eat? From what I’ve read, our Owls might eat Richardson’s Ground Squirrels, Northern Pocket Gophers, mice, skunks, squirrels, crows, birds, Little Brown Bats and large insects. Rabbits would also be on the menu if the Owl was hunting quite a bit further afield. Owls leave evidence of their meals in the form of pellets that they regurgitate. One or more of our owls thoughtfully leaves these …

Great Horned Owls – Apex Predators

An Apex Predator is one that is NOT preyed upon when it is a healthy adult in the wild. I have seen three Apex bird species in the woods and fields that surround our house: Red-tailed hawk, Common Raven and Great Horned Owl. The Coyotes here would be considered apex too because we don’t have wolves or bears. The Great Horned Owl is the only Apex Predator in our woods lately. Last night, from 9:45  to 10:15 PM, I got to watch one adult Great Horned Owl hunt and three Owlets beg for food. I suppose the owlets are also learning to hunt. The owls have now moved into our back yard. (Prior to that they were in the woods in the front of our property). There is an open area here with grass, flowers and ornamental trees. Beyond the fence (that protects my flowers from being eaten by deer) is native prairie grass. Beyond that is a grain field. At dusk (9:45 PM) I spotted a flurry of wings as one owl lifted off …