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Bubo virginianus

Sunday marked a special day for us here at Dharma's Garden! Above the cottonwood trees, near the apple orchard, "ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo.' Then across the street, another, lower hooting sound. Back and forth these Great Horned Owl pair called, and we realized the female had taken to the nest.

Back in December of 2018, Farmer Tim and Mason built an owl house with Scott Rashid, a local predatory bird export with the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute. The tree was selected, a wire cone was shaped and placed in the crook of the trunk, and it was filled with branches, sticks and leaves. Then, we waited, and hoped, until just last week our dream of owls nesting here came true!