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Barred Owl

Strix Varia


Grey with barring. Deep black eyes. Mid-to-large sized owl. Loud hooting (hoo-hoo, hoo-hoooo) starting around dusk and throughout the night. More active in the day during mid-spring.


Woodland (here, suburban). Low-lying swampy area near stream with access to frogs and small mammals.


Encountered at 6:30am. Spotted this owl flying up to a low-lying branch. It stayed there for 15-20 minutes and looked around inquisitively. Frequently it would look down at the ground for small animals to hunt. Typically, barred owls drop from branches onto their prey.

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Raeven 8 years ago

!! Omigosh Those are the tail feathers I find around the yard on occassion. I've been wondering what they came from as they don't match any of the birds that I actually see . How very neat. One mystery solved,Thank You :D

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago



williefromwi 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah bbprevas. I have not seen many people post owls as their first spotting. I am not complaining, I am stating this simply because it is fact. A very nice way to begin here.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah! We had a barred owl join us for a holiday celebration a couple of years ago. It sat out on a limb just outside of our living room window while we ate dinner. I'm not so sure it was interested in our meal as procuring its own as it spent a lot of time examining the snowdrift below our birdfeeder....grin. Still, a pleasant surprise that kept us entertained for several hours!

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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