There is a grove of mature cottonwood trees on the grounds of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, near the garden’s boundary with the Crosscut Canal. I usually can find the great horned owl in the top photo snoozing here during my walks, though he blends in remarkably well with the tangle of branches, and is sometimes difficult to spot. I was delighted yesterday to discover that the regular bird has been joined by a friend.
The differences in color tone in these two birds are not indicative of their sex, so I’m not sure who’s who. Female G.H.O.s are marginally larger than males, though I can’t detect any difference. And yes, the pun was intentional.
Great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) in Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii), at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.
View of an advertising card for the Schilling Corset Company. Card is a humorous depiction of owls and frogs. Printed on front: “Consummation. Compliments of Schilling Corset Co., Detroit, Mich. Copyright 1886. Richmond & Co., Buffalo, N.Y.” Price list and drawing of corset on back.
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library