Great horned owls in Lancaster County, PA
Great horned owls have nested in a sycamore tree in a community park in Mt Joy, PA since at least 1991. People came from all over to watch and photograph the birds from a respectful distance. In 2021, a licensed falconer took one of the owlets from the nest- it was perfectly legal- to train as a hunting bird. The community was devastated. Time will tell if owls will nest in the tree in years to come.
A pair of great horned owls nested annually in a local Ephrata park, but did not return in 2021.