Great Horned Owl at Keswick Heronry

Nest Blew Down in Severe Storm

On 10 April 2017, Eleanor Beagan and I visited the heronry hoping to see the Great Horned Owl on the nest. However, it was after a severe storm and only one Great Horned was in view. It was taking short flights. Its belly and lower back feathers were wet and matted and it looked upset. Its ears were down. We weren't sure what happened. We didn't see the nest, but didn't know exactly where it was. Frank Pinilla reported on Facebook on 11 April that indeed the nest blew down in the storm. We're very sad about this and feel that not much can be done as the swamp looks impassable, plus there would be major disturbance to the Great Blue Herons.