Our acre lot is surrounded by towering cottonwoods and eucalyptus trees which are perfect spots for nesting birds each spring. Constant chattering of birds, babies begging for food and males protecting their territories fill our yard with bird songs. The variety of visiting birds makes bird watching extra fun.

Young Great Horned Owls screech high up in a eucalyptus tree each night, begging their parents for food. Great horned owls, Bubo virginianus, are found throughout the United States and Mexico. They are mainly nocturnal, although I have seen them swooping through the air right before dusk. Their long wings, spanning 36 to 60 inches, are silhouetted against the darkened sky. They mate for life beginning at 2 years of age. They don’t usually build their own nests and use abandoned nests of other birds.

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Richard Ryan

Karen, thanks for writing about desert birds. We need more articles about desert habitat in the IV Press. Thanks, Rich Ryan, El Centro

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