It's another first! Yesterday I showed you my first kestrel sighting and today I'm sharing my first great horned owl. This is an adorable baby peeking over the edge of his nest in Punta Gorda, located between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. See his cute little ear tufts? The last time I was visiting the bald eagle nest in North Ft. Myers, a freelance photographer tipped me off to this nest. The owls took it over in December when a bald eagle couple, which built the nest years ago, failed to return. That's the modus operandi for the great horned owl -- they occupy unclaimed eagle nests, which is rather smart, I think. Who wants to build a nest from scratch if you don't have to? I knew exactly where this nest was located because I visited it three years ago and took these photos of the bald eagle family. Back to the owls. This little guy was such a treat to see. He was just a big poof of fluffy feathers -- just adorable. Unfortunately, I don't have much time to write, so I'll leave you with the promise of more owl pics to come. That reminds me. We're wading into March which is the busiest month of the year for me. So, if the SDP appearance becomes sporadic just know we'll eventually get back to posting as usual. Happy Sunday!