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The Barred Owl
This Barred Owl Just Dropped By To Say Hello
Owls are often heard but rarely seen due to the fact that they tend to be nocturnal, and often like the Barred Owl, they are silent in flight.These wild birds are rated as uncommon to rare although they are one of the commoner of the 14 species of Owls found in the North American Continent the most common of which is the Barn Owl and that is the species I would most have expected to find in our yard, due to the fact that we have 3 barns, and an indoor riding arena.
Anyway as luck would have it this fellow landed in the tree just in front of our house, and we happened to have the camera at hand for once.
All the pictures were taken by me.
More Photographs Of The OwlClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Bit About The Owl
One of the reasons that these guys are rare is that an adult pair hunt over a territory of 2500 acres, and they are territorial. They mate for life and will settle into a hole in a large old tree and make it home. The owls grow to be 32 to 40 cms in height and have a wingspan of over 3 feet (90 cms). Despite their size even the largest owl is unlikely to top 3.2 lbs in weight. They like to live in wet forested areas, which explains his presence here in Nova Scotia. He dropped by on 29th January 2013 and we had never seen him before, and only once since in May 2015
The barred owl is one of the few owls, that sometimes appear before dusk, but usually only if the couple have nestling youngsters, however the end of January would be a little early for that. As you can see I took several pictures as I did not know if he would stay or fly away. He stayed until we were within about 15 feet from the base of the tree. The only indication he may depart was a strange clicking noise, and him turning to face away from us, but even then he turned his head to watch us! Owls can rotate their heads nearly a full 360 degrees!
He waited until we were checking the camera LCD to see how the first pictures came out. We did not hear or see him leave. He was just gone when we looked up!
Learn More About Owls
A great gift for any owl lover. Learn all about the most common North American Owls and learn to recognize them when you do get to see them. This book describes the three most common the Barred, Barn and Great Horned, in enough detail for artists and wood carvers, so they can reproduce them in great detail.
Reference Guide to The Barn, Barred and Great Horned Owls
This book will allow you to identify the most common North American Owls. If you have the ability, it will help you to draw and carve them too.
Hear What A Barred Owl Sounds Like
If you want to see a Barred Owl you will most easily find one by following the sounds of its calls. Its most common one sounds as if it is saying "Who cooks for you?" This is an audio recording of its various calls. The clicking noise we heard seems to be a warning to stay away.
Hear what a Barred Owl sounds like so you might better know where to look when you hear its call.
Why Not Give A Barred Owl A Home
This is my favorite Barred Owl item if we all got a custom bird house specially designed for Barred Owls. If we all had one perhaps we would all be able to see Barred Owl's at night? These birds are really impressive as you really can not hear them fly off.
A Really Nice Owl Nesting Box
If we all put up houses for the Owls, there may soon be even more of them for us to enjoy!