Photograph by Todd McCormack
Great Horned Owls typically nest in trees, but they often appropriate existing nests built by other species. These nests are built up with added sticks and lined with a combination of found items like pieces of bark, and feathers and fur from prey. Nest size varies considerably depending on the original builder, who might have been a squirrel, crow, raven, heron, hawk, etc. In the last decade, two Osprey nests were taken over by Great Horned Owls, one at the former Rafferty house on Middle Farms Pond (now Alsop), and one at Money Pond.