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My Pal The Great Horned Owl

Updated on October 19, 2014

Trees Please


Owlie - The Great Horned Hunter

A Great Horned Owl lives out in back of my house, in a nature preserve for birds. It's a swampy area between us and the Napa River in California. I am very fortunate to be living here.

I heard this owl probably six months before I actually saw him. Maybe her, I don't know.

Although I think of him warmly, he is a wild animal, a predator. The Night Eagle is deadly and silent in battle. Fierce also. I salute you, Owlie.

Ok then.

Photo by Guy Polewaczyk

Great Horned Owl Hooting At Moon

Symbolism Of The Owl

An ancient bird the owl is, full up with ancient wisdom and a keen hunter's eye. Protective, mystical. Many cultures consider the owl to be the symbol of death; some Native American tribes, the Japanese, and the Romanians see the owl as bad fortune, a bad omen. Death, misfortune, and punishment on the one hand, and on the other, wisdom, clarity of sight.


Trees Please


My Backyard Owl


Ode To An Owl

Authored by Linda M Hahn

Most magical of creatures,

You who've walked with gods.

And hunted with angels.

Power becomes you,

Silent, devastating

Eat what you kill.

Legend Of The Owl - A Few Facts


North & South America


2 - 5.5 pounds. The male is smaller.


Mates for life. Appropriates the nest of other birds in the midst of winter. Tough bird.

222 species


Carnivore, they eat small animals, and lots of other birds too.

Life Span

5 to 15 years in the wild

Vintage Bronze Owl Pendant

Great Horned Owl

Endangered List

Although some owls are on the endangered list, at this time Great Horned Owls are not.

Some owls that are at varying levels of endangerment are Boreal, Flammulated, Burrowing, Short Eared. The Laughing Owl and many others are already extinct.

What can we do? Save the forests, save the earth. Save the birds.

Magical Properties Of The Owl

This mystical creature is in tune with the dark. It sees with detailed clarity. The owl looks to me like a cat sitting in the tree, all watchful perky ears and yellow eyes that see in the dark.

Save The Owls

Owls are good to humans. For instance, they eat rodents.

Thank you for visiting My Pal The Great Horned Owl.

© 2011 Linda Hahn

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      4 years ago

      When I was a kid camping one night, my dad and I saw an owl sitting in a tree. I think owls are beautiful, interesting creatures.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Your lucky to have this beautiful creature in your backyard.

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      6 years ago

      My son loves owls. He would love it if we had one in our backyard.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      We have an owl around here, but I've only seen a dark shadow on a tree limb. Not sure which kind of owl it is. I hope it keeps my pesky chipmunks under control for me.

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      6 years ago

      I love all of the birds of prey, but owls are especially beautiful birds to me. Wish we had more of them around us.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Owlie is beautiful. What a great pal to have :)

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      Sara Duggan 

      6 years ago from California

      I just love owls. Our local preserve had an owl that was just lovely. It died a couple years ago and I enjoyed taking my boys to see him.

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      6 years ago

      How great that you captured that picture of the owl. And that you have a relationship to it.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We have a neighborhood owl. I know because I hear him at night. whooowhooowhooo. We have great horned owls.

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      6 years ago

      This is a really nice photo of the owl, I like it, very special.

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      6 years ago

      Barred owls are not picky. You can easily imitate their calls and it is so cool to watch them fly overhead and respond to you.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      I've heard an owl (or owls) late at night. Since it is always well after dark, I have yet to see my special visitor. Always enjoy seeing owl photos and hearing about the birding experiences of others. Glad you shared.

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      6 years ago

      We have a stuffed owl that resides at work (a library) that has been hanging out with us for about 30 years. Much to the kids' excitement, a raptor rescue organization is bringing in two live owls later this week for a special program. It's all the kids can talk about... getting to meet our owl's cousins.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You sure got a great picture. We have one in our backyard, too, but I haven't been able to get a picture of him.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      What a great photo and how fun to have an owl living so near you!

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      6 years ago

      ohhh.. lucky you to have an owl living in your world.

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      orange3 lm 

      6 years ago

      That is incredible! I wish I had one living in my backyard.

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      Margaret Schaut 

      6 years ago from Detroit

      I got lucky moving here. An owl decided he liked the air conditioner shelf at my window and would spend large parts of the night right outside my bedroom! These animals are really awesome, very precious, and we need them!

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      You are very fortunate to have a Great Horned Owl in your backyard, and the photo is awesome. We have screech and barred owls living on our property, but I have never seen a Great Horned Owl.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      We have hawks and Eagles here but I have never seen an owl in our territory. I guess that there can only be so many predatory birds in one area or the balance of nature shifts.

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      7 years ago

      We have an owl who flies around our area. He is beautiful to watch.

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      JeanJohnson LM 

      7 years ago

      There's a lot of great facts about owls here. That's one bird I've seen at night, but haven't captured with my camera yet.

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      7 years ago

      I love all the birds of prey, but owls are my favorites. Sometimes a Great Horned comes and hangs out at my place. You didn't mention, owls have great eye sight, but not so good sense of smell. So Great Horned Owls are the only natural predators of skunks.

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      Norbert Isles 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I love owls not only for their natural life but especially for the metaphors on survival I read on a favorite book by Frank Rivers, The Way of the Owl. I love your Great Horned Owl lens for the facts, the poetry and the legend it shared.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens - might we all acquire a bit of owlish wisdom.

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      7 years ago

      I wish I lived next to a bird sanctuary

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      7 years ago

      A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke.

      The less he spoke, the more he heard. I wish I was more like that wise, old bird.

      (Poem from childhood) thanks for reminding me of it! Love the photo of your friend the owl.

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      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      how lovely. thanks so much for featuring my wild bird lenses

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      your owlie is great. i like this bird.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful bird and great lens.

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      7 years ago

      When I was young we used to go owl-hunting in the nights- maybe we got to hear or see an owl! It was really nice, walking in the dark with eyes and ears wide open!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love this lens and love these great birds. Although they are predators, they go a long way toward keeping down the population of mice and rats, etc. Nature's way of survival still beats human kind's all the way.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      I really enjoyed getting to know your backyard owl friend, very cool, thanks!

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      Laurel Johnson 

      7 years ago from Washington KS

      I love owls. Yes, they are a little spooky and mystical.

      Enjoyed the lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great photo of your "Backyard Owl" ... He/she is very cool!

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      7 years ago from WNY

      I love how you write, and you have created a wonderful lens here dedicated to your owl friend. :) I am lensrolling this page to all my bird lenses. Cheers!

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      7 years ago

      The wise old owl. Love the lens and the info.

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      7 years ago

      I just recently found out that I have one Living on my Property, now that's Cool!!

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      7 years ago

      I find something mystical about owls. Nice lens.


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