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The Barred Owl

Updated on July 11, 2015

Barred Owl

Friendly Barred Owl
Friendly Barred Owl | Source

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 Owl

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Barred Owl First Shot
Barred Owl First Shot | Source
Barred Owl Second Shot
Barred Owl Second Shot | Source
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Barred Owl Third Shot | Source
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Barred Owl Fourth Shot | Source
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Barred Owl Fifth Shot | Source
Barred Owl Sixth Shot
Barred Owl Sixth Shot | Source
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Barred Owl Seventh Shot | Source
Barred Owl Eighth Shot
Barred Owl Eighth Shot | Source

The Owl

Sitting Pretty
Sitting Pretty | Source

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

Illustrated Owl: Barn, Barred & Great Horned: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Bird Lovers, Artists, & Woodcarvers (The Denny Rogers Visual Reference series)
Illustrated Owl: Barn, Barred & Great Horned: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Bird Lovers, Artists, & Woodcarvers (The Denny Rogers Visual Reference series)

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.

Conversations with a barred owl
Conversations with a barred owl

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

Coveside Barred Owl House
Coveside Barred Owl House

If we all put up houses for the Owls, there may soon be even more of them for us to enjoy!

 

A Quick Owl Question

Have You Ever Seen A Barred Owl?

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Anything You Would Like To Say About The Owl

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    This fellow just decided to perch in the tree in front of our house one fine summer evening. He was really quite large and absoultely silent in flight!

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    Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Owls are very interesting birds. My granddaughter loves them and collects everything with owls on it. Great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @sybil watson: That does not surprise me. They are beautiful bird and so large given how quiet they are!

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    sybil watson 4 years ago

    I love owls - we have a small one in Hawaii called a pueo. At night we often see them swoop down and fly low in front of us. Legend says that they show you the path to your dreams.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @SteveKaye: This fellow was obliging and turned up just before dusk, but the light was fading fast. The best shots are taken with flood lighting, but of course you run the risk of scaring the birds.

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    SteveKaye 4 years ago

    Someday I have to go on an owl walk. These are held after dark.

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    drcarl 4 years ago

    @drcarl: Now that html has been allowed, we can test these two html links. The first is for a large, embeddable blog link.

    The second is code for a large embeddable forum link: [url=http://drcarl.smugmug.com/Art/Art/3868338_85wrxm#!...][img]http://drcarl.smugmug.com/Art/Art/i-jtPpDbc/0/L/IM...[/img][/url]

    If these two don't work, here is a regular inline link so that maybe you can follow this link to see the photo I took!

    It will be interesting to see which links work. Any? All?

    Best,

    ~drcarl

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    drcarl 4 years ago

    @drcarl: This ~might~ be a way. Such a beautiful bird. If this works, it is code for "Blog Large" frm my photo site.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @jayavi: They tend to be nocturnal and many of them like this one make no noise in flight so you only get to see them if they land close to you, or if you are close by when they make a call.

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    jayavi 4 years ago

    Very difficult to see owls. i have seen only few times.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @drcarl: Not sure if you can share pictures in the comments. I will have to spend some time thinking how it might be possible!?

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Jo-Jackson: He was amazing to see and was absolutely silent when he left. Truly amazing!

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    maryseena 4 years ago

    Since owls are nocturnal, in some parts of the world they are associated with evil. As a child I came across an owlet one morning after a rainy night and all hell broke loose when I brought it home. With express orders to get rid of it at once, I had to sneak it into an unused outhouse and secretly keep it till it flew away one night. I was just 10 or 11 then, but I wish I had a camera to record my secret adventure. Every time I see owl pictures or read about them, I'm reminded of my Moongi.

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    drcarl 4 years ago

    Greetings, --if I cold figure out how to share a pic her, I would. Best, ~drcarl

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    Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

    What a beautiful owl. I love all owls.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @maryseena: It is unfortunate but true that some cultures view them as evil. Thank you for making a valuable point, and it was very brave of you to defy the irrational fear of your family. I hope that Moongi grew up into a big strong Owl and had a long and happy life.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @anonymous: Thank you!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Love how you used the photo gallery.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @aesta1: I had often heard this guy, but I did not know it was an owl until we got the photograph. I looked up the calls on the internet, before that I thought his call was a pheasant!

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    Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    We have an owl in the cottage and I hear its sound but seldom see it.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Mickie Gee: Wow! That must have been quite the experience. They are naturally quite shy so she must have been looked after well to allow you to touch her.

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    Mickie Goad 4 years ago

    I got to pet a barred owl a few weeks ago. She was rescued and has been cared for by a professional for almost 12 years. I was amazed at how soft she was.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @DebMartin: They would rather intimidate the other birds!

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    DebMartin 4 years ago

    Love these guys. Wish they'd quit hanging around my bird feeder though.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @gadgetbuff: That is really too cute and a lovely thing.

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    gadgetbuff 4 years ago

    wonderful lens. In our town we have a pair of owls that have returned year after year after year. They get quite a parade of traffic coming by to see them too.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @GramaBarb: Thank you.

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    GramaBarb 4 years ago from Vancouver

    I love owls too! Great lens!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @anonymous: Thank you I am amazed at how well it has been received.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @JohnTannahill: John I would love to have seen that. Whereabouts do you live?

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Very informative , interesting and great lens.

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    John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

    We don't get Barred Owls here in the UK but I've watched Barn Owls hunting on a number of occasions. In the long summer days, there isn't enough nighttime for them so they're forced to hunt in daylight. It's amazing to watch.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Anthony Altorenna: You are right I was surprised at how tall he/she was.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @anonymous: The Barn Owl is the one I would have expected to see as there are a lot more of them here. They have the distinctive white face so pretty.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @daisychainsaw lm: Thank you!

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    Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

    A barred owl is an occasional visitor to our backyard. The size an plumage of this magnificent owl is stunning!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Growing up, we had Barn Owls nesting in the woodshed. It is fun to listen to them hoot, hoot. Owls are awesome hunters, I've watched them grab a meal in the wild.

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    daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

    Love your owl lens!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @redtailvision: This fellow seemed to act as if he owned the place (maybe he does). I think he probably hunts for the field mice in our field and would usually only be out after dark. That evening he had probably just woken up a bit early and took a short flight to flex his wings and we lucked in.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @getmoreinfo: He is very handsome and is so called because of the 3 bars of colour across the tail.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @PNWtravels: I had often heard this fellow and thought it may have been a pheasant. I only realised it was the owls when I looked up what species he was! Now I know I will always know when they are around. Around here 80% of the owls are Barn Owls.

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    redtailvision 4 years ago

    The barred owl is the one I see most when paddling the river. I have never been allowed to get as close as you! One I have tried but yet to see and photograph, is the screech owl. They are very small and elusive with a wonderful voice! Nice lens!

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    getmoreinfo 4 years ago

    I like the The Barred Owl

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    Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

    We have seen barred owls a few times in the ravine behind our house and we even more often hear them. Their "who cooks for you?, who, who" call is very loud. Great photos!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @quicpost: This guy is quite large about 40 cms I would say and that is large for barred owls. I think they all look cute.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Snakesmum: He was actually towards the larger end of the size given for these birds. We hope to see him again.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @wetnosedogs: He was really obliging and yes we were lucky to have a camera to hand.

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    quicpost 4 years ago

    Aloha: we have owls here in Hawaii too. In Hawaiian they're called pueo, A. flammeus. They are small and brownish, but very shy on our urban sprawl on Oahu.

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    Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    You were really lucky to see this little owl. Hope he comes to visit again. Blessed.

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago

    What a wonderful display of owl pictures. You got lucky for this owl visit. It is surely a night to remember.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @ismeedee: It was meant because he was just there a day or two before the Wild animal quest began.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @anonymous: Thank you. Yes they are totally silent like bats we did not hear this fellow leave he/she? was so silent!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    I am a birder and just love owls. Last summer my wife and I saw a Barred Owl fly over. Just happened to look up at the right time. There was literally no sound from the owls wings. Great lens.

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    ismeedee 4 years ago

    How wonderful you were able to get all those lovely photos of owls up close. They are such beautiful creatures!