Monday, July 1, 2013

Hulls Gulch Great Horned Owls

One of our favorite things about Boise is that it sits so close to the foothills. The close proximity to natural and undeveloped landscapes brings a lot of wildlife closer to town, and provides an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Eighth Street runs from the heart of downtown Boise and is home to the weekly Capital City Public Market, and then runs north directly into the foothills and turns into Hulls Gulch. Less than 5 minutes on Eight Street can take you from the state capital building to a quiet wooded stream and multiple hiking trails through excellent birding habitat.

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Hulls Gulch, Ada County. May 7, 2013.

For several years now, Boise residents have enjoyed a family of Great Horned Owls that nest in holes dug into an exposed sandstone hillside at the beginning of Hulls Gulch. We stop by from time to time to check on their progress. On this trip we found two young birds, probably only a couple of weeks from fledging, stretching their wings and making lots of goofy poses at the opening of their nest hole.

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Great Horned Owls at Hulls Gulch, Ada County. May 7, 2013.

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Great Horned Owls at Hulls Gulch, Ada County. May 7, 2013.

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