May 02 2011
If you haven’t seen this photo that Steve Gosser posted on his Facebook page, here’s an “Awwwwww” moment.
This is a pair of great-horned owl chicks that Steve, Cris Hamilton and Bobby Greene saw in Harrison Hills on Saturday.
Great horned owls nest earlier than any other bird in western Pennsylvania. As a result, the young can walk away from the nest by the first of May. They can’t fly yet. They’re in the “branching” phase, similar to ledge-walking in young peregrines.
Cute as these two look, don’t mess with them. Their parents are nearby, watching, and will attack if you threaten their young.
(photo by Steve Gosser)