Four Great Horned Owls at Garden Street Academy

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We spotted four great horned owls in and around our big redwood tree [Thursday] afternoon at Garden Street Academy. We usually only see two, but back in early May, we spotted three fledglings with one of their parents in the tree. As you can see, it's now difficult to tell the offspring apart from their parents.

It's a real treat for our students and staff to see these majestic raptors perched in the tree. They visit us most days, especially when skies are overcast in the mornings. Lucky observers occasionally get to witness them fly in and out of the tree. Silent, and knowing.

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Shasta Guy Jul 02, 2018 07:17 AM
Four Great Horned Owls at Garden Street Academy

Thanks for sharing. Starting around 11pm on Saturday night with the city noise dying down, I believe I heard those owls while hanging out in my backyard. They may live at the Garden Street Academy, but at night they must move around to different trees nearby. I heard a steady hooting in the vicinity of Garden and Padre. Being a night time chihuahua walker, I'll shorten my leash a little.

BryanKerr Jul 06, 2018 10:00 AM
Four Great Horned Owls at Garden Street Academy

Yeah, they definitely move around. Sometimes the owls are gone for a handful of days before returning to the tree. Their nest must be elsewhere.

a-1576491464 Jul 02, 2018 03:02 AM
Four Great Horned Owls at Garden Street Academy

I bet the recent uptick in squirrel population has made for more successful rearing of owl young. The squirrels in my hood are bouncing around at the crack of dawn. Crepuscular hunters take note.

Pebblehill Jun 30, 2018 09:23 PM
Four Great Horned Owls at Garden Street Academy

This is amazing! Great horned owls usually come back and nest in the same place if they have successful offspring. They are on the TOP of the raptor food chain as well which apparently is why all of the crows gather together for protection by the hundreds in the evenings during the great horned owl nesting/hunting season which is early Jan/Feb. So cool!!

BryanKerr Jul 06, 2018 10:08 AM
Four Great Horned Owls at Garden Street Academy

Our PE & Sports teacher first discovered the owls a couple years ago when she heard a bunch of crows squawking at the tree. When she went to check out the ruckus, she found two well-protected owls near the tree's trunk comfortably ignoring the crows.

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