Ever wonder what the inside of a great horned owl's nest looks like?
Jeff, our tree-climber at RAPTOR, got this picture of the great horned owls at Mitchell Memorial Park. Full of food and pellets and owl poop and cute little owlets....but he also got a big surprise.
If you can tear your eyes away from the half-eaten mallard and the pretty dead male cardinal, look at the long, raptor-like legs in the front of the nest. See the band?
That is a red-shouldered hawk that was banded as a nestling on June 1st, 2005. From the other side of town.
Great horned owls are total hard-asses.