Pat & Clay Sutton
Great Horned Owl nest?!


Salton Sea International Bird Festival
Page Two
Feb 14-17, 2003 
Bob Miller

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American Robin

Everyone enjoyed the sunshine for the weekend! 

This tattered Monarch was one of about 10 species of Butterfly seen during the festival.

Sunset Tour

Great Horned Owl nest!

Would you feel safe nesting in this tree?  The small looking dark spot on the horizon is the closest tree and it is the same size as the one in the foreground!!  This tree stands alongside one of the busiest roads in the Imperial Valley.

Aside from providing a perch for hawks and blackbirds, and a few twigs to heat a farm laborer's lunch, it was chosen as a great nest site by a pair of Great Horned Owls!!

Owl watchers

Owl watchers

The farm laborers are probably trying to figure out why so many bird watchers are so interested in the noisy Red-winged Blackbirds perched above them! 

This GHOW was so well camouflaged that some still had trouble seeing it in the spotting scopes!!  The nest is in the thick V, just above the tip of the brim of the gentlemen's hat in the above picture.


Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl 

Sunset watchers

The "Blizzard of 03" had shut down the East Coast forcing the Sutton's and others to lay over and endure shirt sleeve weather and spectacular Imperial Valley sunsets for extra days ;-(

Ugly duck (gull) ling? 

Sunset watchers

Having to watch so many birds in such great weather with such wonderful people...... yeah.... I think this was another great Salton Sea Bird Festival! 

Photos Bob Miller