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  • Ellis Owl Cam Nest Update
    Both eggs hatched! May 6th HATCH: 05:05:2024 ConfirmedMay 9th: HATCH: 09:05:2024 Confirmed Watch live:
  • Video – Egg Falls From Nest – Ellis Owl Cam
    A couple days ago Ellie got up to leave the nest for a break and an egg stuck to her feathers. When she took off the egg went flying to the ground. It is known that most likely the first egg of the three laid was bad due to freezing. That’s probably the egg that…
  • 2nd Egg Laid – Ellis Great Horned Owl Cam
    The 2nd egg was laid on 4/4/24. Here is the timeline that we can expect to see. 1st egg laid 4/1/24, 2nd egg laid 4/4/24 Hatch watch will start around May 2nd for the first egg and the 2nd egg should hatch 2-3 days after the first. live cam:
  • Both Eggs Hatch – Wildflower GHO Nest Cam
    Welcome to the world, first chick hatched April 4 2024 second chick April 6 @ 3:41:55 live cam:
  • 1st Egg Laid – Ellis Great Horned Owl Cam
    The first egg was laid sometime after midnight today(4-1-24). Great Horned Owls will usually lay 2-3 eggs but can lay up to 5 on rare occasions. Look for a hatch at the end of this month or first week of May. live cam:

Size: 25 inches (64 cm)
Weight: 2-3 1/4 lbs (906-1472g)
Migration: Partial Migrant
Habitat: Most forst types, grassland, shrubland, and rocky areas with steep gorges
Population: Common

Interesting Fact:
Great Horned Owls are the largest of the eared owls.

Where Great Horned Owls live:
They inhabit a range of habitats including deciduous and mixed woodland, open country, and occasionally suburban parkland.

What Great Horned Owls eat:
They feed on rabbits, lizards, frogs, and birds. They are capable of taking birds up to the size of a crow.

What is a pip?

A pip hole is a tiny hole that the eaglet inside the egg makes with its “egg tooth” (a sharp little point at the end of its beek) in the outside shell when it first starts to hatch.

Great Horned Owl Ear Tufts:
Several owls, including the Great Horned Owl, have prominent ear tufts or “horns”, as they are also called. The function of these tufts remains disputed. Some argue that they aid in daytime camouflage, breaking up the shape and helping it blend with its perch. Others believe that the tufts are used for behavioral signaling and species recognition. What appears clear, however, is that they have no role in hearing.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl Nest Cam

When Great Horned Owls nest:
Great Horned Owls are one of the earliest to begin breeding, they often start to lay eggs in late January, when there is still snow on the ground.

About Great Horned Owls
This large, mainly nocturnal, owl has large erect ear tufts, and its gray – mostly brown plumage is mottled above and barred underneath, helping it roost virtually undetected during daylight hours. It’s mostly commonly seen with rust-brown facial disks and a white chin and throat. Occuring throughout North and South America, from the most northern treeline and south to Chile, the Great Horned Owl occupies the widest habitat range of any owl in the world. This is because it takes a wide vareity of prey and will use virtually any nesting site, including rock faces and old buildings that offer sufficient cover.

What They Look Like:
They can vary greatly in color from almost white (in the far north), to brown and grays farther south. They are heavily mottled and streaked birds with a distinctive white throat. The ear tufts are prominent as the large yellow eyes.

Where Great Horned Owls nest:
The nest will often be on a cliff ledge or occasionally on the ground. They are also recorded using old heron and hawk nests. They will lay 2 or 3 white eggs.