Great Horned Owl fledgling

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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.


  1. Mathew September 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    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).

    • Mia McPherson September 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      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. Stu August 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    So Cute 😉

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Yeah, they are cuties! Thanks for commenting Stu.

  3. M. Firpi August 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    What a fluffy, cuddly fellow!

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Merrill, they do have lovely expressive faces.

  5. Tammy Karr August 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful indeed! What a beautiful young owl!!

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thank you Tammy, they are beautiful. I wonder if they know that!

  6. Nicole August 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

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

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Thank you Nicole, they are gorgeous birds.

  7. Dan Huber August 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Wonderful image Mia, what a cutie!

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Dan, they sure are cute!

  8. Julie G. August 20, 2012 at 6:42 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

      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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