“They were too big to be a pigeon. I kept walking, and heard a noise. I looked in the door, and that’s when I saw them,” he says. At first, he thought the white, fuzzy birds were falcons.
But now realizes they are Great Horned Owlets.
He went up the next day to see if they were still there, and took a picture. He says there were some small birds and field mice “stacked up like cordwood,” waiting for the owlets to eat. In the photos, you can see they’ve been eating pheasant, too.
Harring says the birds don’t have much of a nest, just a shallow depression scratched out in the plywood. The area they are in is a walkway around the outside of the stack about 250 feet up. The walkway floor is grating, covered by plywood and the walls are enclosed by sheet metal.
He went up to check on them again May 9. He says they are now getting pretty defensive, and make popping sounds at him to frighten him away.