We’ve had an owl pair living in the hayloft of the barn for years. I have tried and failed to photograph them many times as they are a bit shy. Lately, I’ve seen only one hanging out. Since they don’t seem to nest in the barn, perhaps the female is keeping her eggs warm somewhere else.
Yesterday afternoon turned out to be quite nice so I ventured out to annoy the owl by climbing into the hayloft to check his where abouts.
When I spotted him, I quietly snuck around the barn and caught him at the broken window just before he swooped across to a hiding spot on the rocks.
I then annoyed him enough that he flew to the tree. I followed him.
He finally flew back to the barn. I decided I better give the guy a break.
He appears to be a Great Horned Owl. If so, my trusty Birds of New Mexico Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela, says they are found all over New Mexico and they lay eggs in January and February. I guess there should be two little ones in the next month or so. I’ll keep my eyes peeled and my chihuahua close to home.