Nesting in metal pipe seen atop right kiln (stone tower-like structure).
Recently killed by a bald eagle. This bird was taken for a museum by a permit holder.
This owl came from a few large trees growing next to a pond in a depression in the sage steppe habitat of the area. I suddenly saw it flying straight toward me at about 15 ft in the air (somewhat low). It veered up as it neared. There was also a hawk soaring past at the time. The owl rose up and swooped on the hawk once. Strangely though, the owl flew off, and did not return to the trees (I thought it may have been nesting there, given its behavior).
I believe from the photos (as best I could take in the few seconds I had!), that this was a short-eared owl.
Flew. From trees by Blake and swooped at HOK in air
great horned owl at main area of the james river park
Calling in woods
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...