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Barred Owl

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The Barred Owl is becoming more comom in the Pacific Northwest.


A special visit from a Barred Owl in my garden this morning. I loved watching it so close while it watched the birds and squirrels at my feeders but I know it is unusual behaviour for this owl to be so exposed in the daylight hours. I wondered if it had an injured wing but when I came home from work, it had disappeared. A memorable visitor!

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Thanks Adarsha! This was one of my memorable moments!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Wat a great series! amazing :)

Thanks Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Beautiful series..

birdlady6000 8 years ago

Yes, Alice, and I have seen her a few times since but never so close or for so long. Of course, I am not positive it is the same bird, but ....

alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Lucky you to have such a willing subject!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

I loved bird's questioning look at you in last picture... Nice series...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Is it juvenile... can call it Owlet..?

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

That's fantastic!! Beautiful series of him preening! He looks very comfortable!

jakewade97 8 years ago


birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks Darwin26 for suggesting this book The Owl and the Woodpecker by Paul Bannick. I loved it and am going to loan it out to everyone I know!:)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Amazing series.

birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks! Will have to look for that book.

Darwin26 8 years ago

thank you Birdlady for the inside scoop, ~ interesting the rather non-chalance attitude... i should think that if there was a wing problem it would hang around for some TLC.
Right after my encounter with the Great Horned Owl i serendipitiously came across a book at the Library, called The Owl and the Woodpecker by Paul Bannick, from the upper Northwest ~ Puget Sound area. Delightful book on these two species and their interactions from all over the US. with a CD recording of Calls of both Owls and Woodpeckers.

birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks Atul!

Atul 8 years ago

beautiful series and great spotting

birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks, when I first saw the owl, I took pics through the window closest to it, then at the kitchen window which was better lighting, then I opened the window as I realized the owl was not nervous at all in my presence, then I actually took the best photos outside about 20 feet from the owl. It never seemed alarmed by me at all. It was far more interested in the squirrels and birds on my deck but never made a move towards them at all while I was there. I REALLY wanted to stay home from work and see what would happen. I still suspect it has something wrong with one wing.

Darwin26 8 years ago

Exquisite Pix! Are you shooting through a window? More to the point, does the Barred Owl know you are immoralizing it?
i chanced to get pix of a Great Horned Owl a cpl weeks ago and it seemed mildly amused it was on camera ~ i finally got bored, and he went back to sleep.

AbhishekDevendra 8 years ago

It's beautiful. lucky you are, to get this as visitor :)

birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks, I spent a beautiful hour with this bird:)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Beautiful photos!

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Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Oct 14, 2011
Submitted on Oct 16, 2011

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