Barred Owl


Only rarely do I see a Barred Owl, and often someone else spots one for me. And yet, this owl does not migrate with the seasons, but confines itself to a space of about 10 km on a side. These pictures were taken today. 

 It usually hunts from a perch and catches most of its prey at night. During the daytime, it is often sleeping.

But, it will occasionally awaken to view the world with its soulful eyes.


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5 Responses to Barred Owl

  1. Bee says:

    If I could only watch one bird, it would probably be owls. Thank you Alistair.

  2. Harold Innis says:

    I am never sure I understand the adjective barred. What I do see is like a cowl, even a keffiyeh, around the head and neck of wisdom.

  3. Stephen Wells says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I hear one on occasion nearby, but I’ve not been able to see them. Are spotted owls native locally as well? They’re very similar and I’ve read that in some places in the Rocky Mountains they interbreed.

    • Alistair says:

      Stephen, they are an easter species that spread across the prairies in the 20th century. They are now throughout much of BC and are spotty in some western states.

  4. derek says:

    Nice! We heard one near home last week, and there was one seen in Balfour and Proctor.

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