Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Great-Horned Owl

In the past few years there have been a pair of Great-Horned Owls making Minikahda their home. Last year us in the Grounds Department watched as the pair successfully had a young offspring in the pine trees behind #11 green.

This year they are back again. Late last Sunday afternoon i received a phone call about an owl that had fallen from its nest by hole #11. Member Archie Smith phoned in the sighting saying that the owl was sitting next to one of the pine trees. The first thing i did was phone The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. I was asked to go make sure it was not injured and then send them some pictures. After sending the veterinarian some pictures and discussing our options, we decided that the best thing to do was leave the juvenile owl alone since both adults were in the trees above, along with two other juveniles. Below are a few pictures of the Great-Horned Owls that roam Minikahda at night.


  1. Very cool photos. A number of years ago we found an injured great horned on the 1st hole at Town & Country. We wrapped it in a blanket, put it in a box and took it to the rapor center. They were able to nurse it back to health and about 6 months later it was released back on the course. Very neat to see.


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