The Great-horned Owl has once again nested on the west side of the North Springfield Lake (flood control dam). You can see it with a spotting scope from the Overlook at Springweather Nature Area. When the bird is on the nest you can see the head with the two ear tufts. Heard them calling a couple of weeks ago but this was our fisrt chance to get back and check out the nest.
It is very visible once you find it. Look to the left of the fishing access inlet on the far shore (directly across from the overlook), there is a clump of about three tall pine trees. The nest is high up in one of the trees. Look for a white birch fork and the nest in the fork. AM is best time to see it because the sun is in the east but we got very good views at 4 PM yesterday.
You will want to park in the Corps of Engineering Recreational Parking Lot and take the snowmobile trail down to the old road. Turn right and walk until you get to a Corps gate on left, little parking area on right. Go around the gate and the path will take you to the overlook. There is very little snow on the ground so you do not need snowshoes or skis. If we get rain, it could be icy.
Unless you have very good binoculars, they will not do the trick, you really need a scope.
Bunni & Hugh Putnam