Years ago, I worked as a horticulturist in a community that was situated in the middle of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. My commute was actually an hour each way, but I really didn’t mind. I looked forward each day to the moment when I would leave the city and venture into the desert wilderness on my way to work.
Driving through the desert, I was surrounded by the iconic Saguaro cacti. It was in one particular Saguaro cactus I first saw something rather unexpected.
Can you see it? This was the nest of a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).
Each day, I would see the owl sitting on the nest and later raising her young. And then one day, she was gone.
Afterward, I would look to see if the owl would return each year. But, the owl did not. The nest continued to gradually disintegrate until you could no longer tell that there had ever been one there.
Well last weekend, I just happened to be driving by on my way to see a client and I almost didn’t take the time to look over at the Saguaro because it had been over 10 years since I had seen a nest inside of its arms.
But, lo and behold, there it was…..
Now I just need to find an excuse to drive up there again to see if I will be able to spot the owl and her young.
Interestingly enough, cacti are very popular places for birds to build their nests because they provide protection from predators. I will be posting more photos in the future of more ‘prickly’ homes of different types of birds.
How about you? Have you found a bird’s nest in an unusual place? If so, please tell us where 🙂