Great Horned Owl fledgling

Great Horned Owl fledgling perched in a granary windowGreat Horned Owl fledgling perched in a granary window

Fluffy Great Horned Owl fledgling + knotty weathered wood + large yellow eyes = Wonderful!

It isn’t likely that I will have any new images of Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) fledglings this year because they breed so early in the season so I thought I would post one from two years ago that was taken in Glacier County, Montana while it perched in the window of an old granary that is wickedly lopsided. I’m most likely at that same location today (this post was scheduled ahead of time) trying to locate the adult owls.

I adore owls; especially juveniles, old barns, homesteads and granaries so this image always makes me smile when I see it.


*I am away and this post was scheduled ahead of time, please feel free to share with your friends & family.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. The Horned is the only owl I have actually observed outside of captivity, and on more occasions have only heard and not seen. So as a birder I have my work cut out for me, and thus am greatly impressed that your collection has so many fine examples of the Striges. Another interesting fact–pending any further reports–Utah has more owls than does Arizona, 14-13 (Sibley, Western guide).

    • Thanks Mathew, I have been blessed with seeing many different owls and I hope to photograph more of them, especially the ones I haven’t seen or photographed yet. I think I need to spend more time in the mountains & forests to be able to photograph the species that live in those habitats. I didn’t know Utah had more owls than AZ!

  2. What a fluffy, cuddly fellow!

  3. I just love the expression in its face! What a delight to find a fellow like this along your travels.

  4. Wonderful indeed! What a beautiful young owl!!

  5. CUTIE PIE!!! Owls are lovely… thanks for the great pics!

  6. Wonderful image Mia, what a cutie!

  7. I hope you found some adult owls on your adventure today. This photograph of the fledgling is outstanding! I love the fluffy barred feathers and mesmerizing eyes. There really is something about owls that is so interesting and appealing.

    • Julie, I did find the adult owls but they weren’t having much to do with me getting close, they seem more approachable earlier in the summer. Thanks so much for commenting.

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