As we were driving down the highway and I noticed this beautiful and mysterious great horned owl relaxing on the fence post. We had to turn around so I could get some photos of this elusive raptor. Owls are usually not out and about during the day. Sometimes when it is really cold which we were experiencing , the owls are forced to hunt during the daytime.
The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
by National Geographic
“The great horned owl is the most common owl of the Americas, easily recognizable because of the feather tufts on its head. These ”plumicorns” resemble horns or, to some, catlike ears. Great horned owls… nationalgeographic.com
Average life span in the wild: 5 to 15 years
Size: Body, 18 to 25 in (46 to 63 cm); Wingspan, 3.3 to 4.8 ft (1 to 1.5 m)
Weight: 2 to 5.5 lbs (1 to 2.5 kg)
Did you know?: The male great horned owl is smaller than the female and has a much lower-pitched call.”
Owls are thought to be wise because they have impeccable night vision and outstanding hearing that keeps them safe from predators. Also, in Greek mythology Athena is the goddess of wisdom and the owl is her emblem.