Great Horned Owl
In Birds of America, their visage seems fierce.
In person, these birds can be much worse.
I have heard them called the terror of the skies.
They eat anything that swims, runs, or flies.
When they move in, other owls get quiet.
You see, they are on the great horned’s diet.
Neither eagle nor heron is safe from their grasp.
The owl eats their chicks, quick as an asp.
These birds build no nests, find a hollow tree,
or take over another’s nest rent free.
Through cold and snow, owl chicks grow fast.
They fly in March; the nesting is past.
The skunk is among their items of prey.
You will want to avoid them the following day.