For three days the robins in our yard have been chirping loudly and making quick frantic darts through the tall evergreen branches. It’s a familiar sound that we hear frequently indicating that there is an owl species quietly hidden tucked in the corner of a large tree branch. In search of the area where the ruckus was located, I carefully scan the branches and there it is a very large great horned owl very quiet and motionless sitting on a large branch trying to ignore the robins fluttering and darting toward it. Often the owl has to duck its head fearing the robin might hit it. After a while the owl gives up hope in attacking the robin’s nest successfully. It lifts it large body with its wide wing span and gracefully floats through the trees to another resting spot.
Today while on my morning walk, I found a feather from this owl. It’s a Great Horned Owl primary feather. Three days ago, I found an empty robin’s nest on the ground near where I found the feather. I placed the nest in a safe spot to dry out and get debugged for a later sketching project.