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Barred Owl

Strix Varia


We have what I believe to be a family of Barred Owls living in the woods behind our house. I have been hearing them for about the past 3 years now. I believe that they are here to stay. This was the first time I have actually seen one though in a very long time (at least a year), I have only been hearing them at dusk or very late at night... it was very exciting to see one of them again!

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AlejaPatiño 8 years ago

Nice :)

alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Nce Natural setting!

shebebusynow 8 years ago

Owls are funny that way, aren't they? That they are usually heard, not seen. I was hearing a Northern Spotted Owl for years around our place, never seeing them, but in the last 3 years or so it's switched to the Barred Owl, a change that I've heard has been noticed by other people. I finally saw a Barred Owl in the daylight, and what a thrill!

AshleyT 8 years ago

You might want to try checking early in the morning right after the sun comes up. They don't like daylight very much, but early morning you should still be able to find them and have decent enough light for pictures! Just scan the tree branches and looks for lumps that look out of place :)

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Christines images 8 years ago

Hi AshleyT, I do know that there are at least three of them... they were hanging out in one of my trees about a year ago, but it was so dark when they were out that I wasn't able to get a good shot of them. Hopefully all three will show up again in the daylight one day! :)

AshleyT 8 years ago

Awesome! I hope you see him again, and maybe his whole family too!

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Christines images 8 years ago

Thanks for the comments! I have added it to the mission Raptors of North America and the scientific name. :)

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

That's fantastic!! Great capture! Have fun looking for them!! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

AshleyT 8 years ago

Hi Christines images, this is an amazing photo!! Also, since you know the ID of your organism, you can do a quick Google search to find its scientific name, then edit your spotting and enter it into the appropriate box so it can be removed from the unidentified list. Thanks!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

great spot!

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Ocoee, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 16, 2013
Submitted on Jan 17, 2013

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