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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Time to Fledge

A six-week-old Great Horned Owlet steps out into the world just south of Half Moon Bay.

Right on cue, this six-week-old Great Horned Owlet prepares to leave the nest. It is not yet skilled to catch its own food — that learning stage is next. The owlet will stay and explore the eucalyptus grove where it was born and the parents will continue to feed the it over the next four or five months. By then it will be time to search out its own territory — maybe near your home.

The coast is home to a variety of owls. Do you hear them hooting at night? This one, and its parents, live near my home just south of Half Moon Bay.

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Christine Tapia-Bleyenburg May 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Wow, beautiful!
Allison May 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This baby owl was recently seen on April 15 during one of San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's workshops with Alvaro Jaramillo. It has gotten so big and beautiful! For more info on SFBBO's walks, bird banding demos and workshops visit sfbbo.org.
Laurie May 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
My pet peeve: birds aren't BORN! They hatch.
Stuart Nafey May 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
My mistake, no argument here. Born is not all inclusive and hatch is the appropriate term. Would it be OK, though, to say that Great Horned Owls are born hunters?

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