Ravens Disturb the Sleep of a Great Horned Owl: Dec. 2021

There is probably a permanent family of Great Horned Owls living in High Park.

I visited the park on a rainy and dark morning hoping to get a photograph of one of these residents.

When I was just about to give up, the loud and raucous calls of two Common Ravens filled the air.

Ravens
Common Raven
Common Raven

The ravens had found a Great Horned Owl and seemed intent on bullying it out of its roost. I doubt if this ever does more that irritate the owl.

I read that Great Horned Owl hunting tends to peak between 8:30 pm and midnight and then can resume from 4:30 to sunrise. By the middle of the morning they need some sleep. After about ten minutes the ravens gave up.

Ravens and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Raven and Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Other birds:

Mallard (female)
American Robin
Mallard (female)
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
American Black Duck (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Mallard (female)
Dark-eyed Junco
Mallard (female)
Dark-eyed Junco
Mallard (female)
Dark-eyed Junco
Mallard (female)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Red-tailed hawk
American Robin
Northern Cardinal (male)
Mallard (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Mallard (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Mallard (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Hooded Mergansers (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker

MAILBOX

Entertaining singing bird

NATURE POETRY

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went —
Then you may count that day well spent. – George Eliot

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Ravens Disturb the Sleep of a Great Horned Owl: Dec. 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    So perhaps the Snowy Owl I saw ignoring a mink that crossed the ice and came right up to it at Col. Samuel Smith Park right after a group winter morning walk was catching up on its sleep? A bit late though– by the time we finished it was 12:00 p.m. Sleeping in?

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