Owls delight visitors to Alley Pond Park

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One of the two owls sits on a branch. Photo by Christina Santucci
Parks Ranger Gabriela Padewska (r.) sets her scope for participants to view one of the owls. Photo by Christina Santucci
Yakov Grossman of Rego Park brings his grandchildren Tehila, 4, (l.) and Zevulun, 6, Shoshana to the nature expedition. Photo by Christina Santucci
One of a pair of Great Horned Owls gazes down at visitors to Alley Pond Park as a Parks Ranger leads an expedition to spot the birds, which are well known for the tufts of feathers at the top of their heads that look like horns. Photo by Christina Santucci
Ellis Rubin, 7, gazes into the sky. Photo by Christina Santucci
An owl takes flight. Photo by Christina Santucci

New York City Parks Department Ranger Gabriela Padewska led an “Owl Prowl” through Alley Pond Park Sunday in search of the park’s pair of Great Horned Owls - one male and one female.

The wingspan of a Great Horned Owl ranges from more than three to nearly five feet in width.

Padewska said that the owls are often seen apart from one another, but were spotted together on Valentine’s Day and as well as Sunday.

Posted 12:00 am, February 26, 2012
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Ginger Arnold from Douglaston says:
this is wonderful news..
Feb. 26, 2012, 12:13 pm
Rob from Bayside says:
Just saw this pair of owls in a tree overlooking Oakland Lake. 11/25/2012. Beautiful birds.
Nov. 25, 2012, 7:15 pm
wendy from flushing says:
just saw one of these owls walking a trail, 1/6/12 about 4pm. to see them have a sharp eye while looking up
Jan. 7, 2013, 7:46 pm
David from Flushing says:
One of the pair was sitting high up in a tree as I peered through to see him with my Nikon binoculars. I took a few paces to get a view of him on the other side and when I looked through the lens he had turned himself and stared down at me wide eyed but silent.
April 8, 2013, 6:36 pm

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