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Barn owls are such cool birds! They're medium-sized, have pale faces, round heads (no ear tufts), and buff and gray backs. Ours seem to have a lot of rust in the mix. Barn owls are nocturnal but sometimes I see them in the early morning or early evening sitting in the windows of these deer blinds. (They often nest in them.)
Barn owls like to forage over open areas. Matagorda Island is perfect for that, with lots of prairie and marshes. The deer blinds make perfect nest boxes lol.
These pics are from Matagorda Island, which is managed by the Aransas NWR.