A friend in my neighborhood had two Great Horned Owls build a nest in a tree outside an upstairs bedroom window. We have been following the baby chicks since they hatched and are now at the point where the nest has disintegrated and they have graduated to the “branchers” status from being “nesters”.  This has not been without some drama however, and both have fallen out of the tree and have had to be carefully rescued and returned.  The Center for Birds of Prey have been, and will continue to be an invaluable resource through this process. Here are a couple of photos taken yesterday.  It won’t be long now before they start exploring a wider world which will make it more difficult to get close-up shots.