Great Horned Owl Owlets in Waukesha County Wisconsin on April 24, 2015

I birded the Milwaukee lakefront early this morning and the lake was still along with the birding. Large flocks of 100’s – Double-crested Cormorants on the lake, and some flying north was one of the highlights. I saw 2 Black-crowned Night Herons at the lagoon in the trees from Memorial Drive looking east. The few parts of Lake Park I birded and Lakeshore State Park were quiet. I few stops out in Waukesha Co surprised me with Great Horned Owl owlets. No adults were present while I was there (see update below). 4 owlets total out of the nest, I did not hang around but grabbed a few pics. At the same location I flushed a Wild Turkey from a nest, scared the heck out of me and I quickly exited the area and took a distant photo of the eggs. Always surprises me how they manage with the nests on the ground with all the predictors. I know they all don’t survive! Not a lot of bird species today but some nice action! Images were taken on April 24, 2015. UPDATE: A return to the Great Horned Owl location the next day, April 25, 2015 an adult Great Horned Owl was present. The Owl remained in a nearby tree and never moved from that spot while I was there. Images of that adult have been added below.

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Great Horned Owl – Owlets

Great Horned Owls

Binomial name: Bubo virginianus

Category: Owls

Size: 22” long, 44” wing span

Weight: 3.1 lb

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Adult Great Horned Owl

Adult Great Horned Owl

Adult Great Horned Owl

Adult Great Horned Owl

Wild Turkey nest with eggs

Wild Turkey nest with eggs from a distance, other images show at least 11 eggs.

Double-crested Cormorants flyover Lake Michigan

Double-crested Cormorants flyover Lake Michigan

Double-crested Cormorants flyover Lake Michigan

Double-crested Cormorants flyover Lake Michigan

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

4 Responses to Great Horned Owl Owlets in Waukesha County Wisconsin on April 24, 2015

  1. Amy says:

    Oh my gosh I love the owlet pics! You always find such great stuff to photograph. I’m just happy Spring is finally here & there are more places to go & birds to see. 😀 Thanks again for sharing your great pics!

  2. Annie says:

    Aren’t they the cutest -Owlets! Great pictures. Please keep sharing. I feel more connected to the great outdoors after a day at work and can still enjoy your pictures. Thanks

  3. Carol says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the owls through your eyes! Thanks Jim!

  4. Laura Wentz says:

    I had the same experience with a turkey hen last year too. I don’t know how I got so close & didn’t notice the nest-she scared the heck out of me when she took off. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and stories.

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