Horned owls thrive in the Anza Valley

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The Great Horned Owl is very recognizable yet hard to spot in the wild, due to its nighttime nature. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
As dusk descends on the Anza Valley, insistent “woo, who” can be heard echoing through the still air. These are the haunting calls of the male Great Horned Owl. When you think of an owl, the Great Horned always comes to mind. It is a large, stout bird with huge eyes, and two distinct feather tufts on its head that resemble horns. These birds are very common throughout California and North America in all kinds of habitat – deserts, forests, meadows, wetlands, grasslands and even suburban areas. Great Horned Owls are capable of attacking larger birds and mammals, as well as smaller prey, such as mice or insects. The Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, is the Valley’s most common year-round owl resident. It lives in all types of woodland and in any open scrublands, and Anza p
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