Great Horned Owl Cam
Sometimes the owlets are not easy to see on the cam, so here is a snapshot taken by one of our biologists.
Great Horned Owl Web Cam
The Arizona Game and Fish Department welcomes you to its Great Horned Owl nest cam. This live-streaming camera provides an unedited glimpse of nature in all its beauty and cruelness. As with nature, viewers may witness a variety of behaviors that may seem cruel, such as feeding on other wild animals, so viewer discretion is advised.
An intimate view into the lives of wildlife is a rare privilege and we hope you enjoy and learn from this experience. For questions about the web camera, send inquiries to email@example.com.
Updated: May 7
Updated: May 4
They grow up so fast, don’t they? The two owlets have fledged the nest! The first one seems to have fledged on April 30. Then, late night on May 1 or early morning on May 2, is when the second owlet fledged. Since then, we have seen the owlets come back to the nest for a while and then fly off again. This is a good sign, as it means that things are going as planned. The owlets will typically use the nest as a “home base” for a short while and stay with their parents for a time after that to learn everything they need to know to be successful adult owls. The parents have continued to be very close by, never too far away from the owlets, as great-horned owls are very good parents. No need to worry, the owlets are in good hands (or talons)!
Update: April 30
Are they owlets or gymnasts? These two are excellent on the balance beam! Lately, you may have noticed that the two owlets have been venturing out of the nest onto the rafter beam. This activity is called “branching” and is typical for birds to be doing when they are getting ready to fledge the nest. They are simply moving closer and closer to feeling comfortable enough to take their first flight! Also, Arizona has been experiencing its notorious 100 degree weather and you may have noticed the owls and owlets have been puffing their throat in and out and keeping their mouth open. This is simply their version of panting, as birds do not sweat like humans. Need not to worry when you see the owls panting, they are simply trying to cool off, who wouldn’t be in over 100 degree weather, right?
Keep your eye out for any fledging activity and stay tuned!
Update: April 24
Update: April 16
The owlets are beginning to look like grown owls! The coloration in their contour feathers are starting to come in very nicely! Before we know it they will have their “plumicorns” too! What’s that you ask? Plumicorns are the tufts of feathers located on the top of adult Great-Horned Owls (and some other owls too). People often mistake these elongated feathers for ears, but in fact they are just feathers. The owl’s ears are located on the side of it’s head, and slightly off-center from each other. Anyway, stay tuned! These two will be ready to fledge by the end of the month or early May!
Update: April 8
Update: April 2
Both owlets are continuing to grow and learn from their parents! The owlets have enough down feathers now that they can thermoregulate for themselves, which is why you may see the female leave the nest just a bit more than last week. She is simply doing her part and helping the male bring home more food for the little ones as they grow. Additionally, we have heard some concerns of there only being one owl in the nest, rest assured there are still two owlets in the nest, the smaller one is oftentimes just harder to see, or is hanging out on the other side of the nest, nearest the barn wall.
Update: March 26
Update: March 20
There are owlets in the nest! We have confirmed two hatchlings in the nest. For the past five years, this nest has produced three owlets every year. There may be a third owlet we just cannot see yet. However, we are certain of two owlets in this nest. They can be tough to see, except when the adult female is feeding them. The male has been bringing back prey to feed the female and nestlings in the evening. Early in the morning from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. seems to be a regular feeding time. Check in at those times and you should be able to see them! They grow very quickly and will be fully visible 24/7, within a week or two.
Update: March 18
Update: March 3, 2020
About Great Horned Owls
Among the owl family (Strigidae), the Great Horned Owl (GHO) is one of the most widespread and common. Due to its variety of selected habitats, this owl can be found all over North America and large portions of South America. Much like their geographical distribution, the Great Horned Owl diet is among the most diverse of its kind. Similar to other raptors, they will prey mostly on small mammals such as mice, voles, gophers, prairie dogs, bats, rabbits, other birds, etc.
Great Horned Owls are distinctive in their prominent feathered ear ‘tufts.” These ear tufts are essentially longer feathers around where the average person might think their ears would be located. Fun fact, owls ears are actually located in a low position on either side of their head, with the left ear being lower than their right ear!
Although protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Great Horned Owls are considered of “Least Concern” by the IUCN Red list. They are found to be plentiful in Arizona and not of management concern.
For more information about Great Horned Owls see our Great Horned Owl Background.
Great Horned Owl Cam Funding
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Great Horned Owl live-streaming camera was funded by the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC)! Please join us in extending a huge thank you to AZSFWC for their generous donation and making it possible for us to provide this live-streaming camera for your viewing pleasure!
If you enjoy this streaming video, help support it and other wildlife viewing program activities by making a donation. You can click the AZGFD logo on the cam to make a donation directly.