The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is found throughout San Diego County, living in all types of woodland and rugged areas covered with open scrub. Great Horned Owls nest in old hawk or raven nests in trees, cliff ledges, or even on buildings, including the San Diego Natural History Museum. Despite urbanization, this owl has maintained its numbers as it is well dispersed throughout the county.
For more information on this species, visit the San Diego County Bird Atlas, a thoroughly researched educational reference book on the birds of this region. Produced by San Diego Natural History Museum staff and volunteers, this ambitious project reflects research conducted through 2004. Take this book with you on your next outdoor adventure.
PHOTO CREDIT: G. Gentry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service