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      Have you ever seen an owl in real life? Is it one that has been featured in the course so far, or a different species? Tell us about it in the discussion below!
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    • Kurt
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      Burrowing Owls - Nesting at the school I work at. There is a pair of burrowing owls which have raised young year after year. (The children at school named them Odysseus and Athena.) Great Horned Owl - I've encountered Great Horned Owls in Arizona and in the North East. One perched on the light post outside my bedroom window, calling to a fellow owl at some distance. It's also possible that I have heard some barn owls in a few rural environments, but did not see them. (This also discounts owls seen at zoos or bird shows)
    • jennifer
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      We moved to a wooded wetland area in Michigan 9yrs ago and had owls as neighbors. I started learning more and made a Barred owl box. After 3 years, finally have renters! Learned how to watch nests through Cornell Lab and have been logging my visits. I’m excited to say I’ve seen a baby barred owl!B7307F38-FB50-41F8-9C6D-1238C77D106582D95720-912D-47EA-A530-C8FC831005F5
      • Veronica
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        Thanks for sharing the pictures.  That is very cool that you have Barred Owls nesting in your nest box.  I, too, live in Michigan and we have had Barred Owls nesting out in the woods near by, but I have only every seen the adults.  I put up a nest box for Screech Owls, but so far have not had anyone nest there.  Hearing that it took 3 years to get renters, gives me hope that eventually someone will move in :)  My nest box has only been up 2 years.  I hope you enjoy watching the babies.
    • Recently found a pair of northern pygmy-owls that I've been hearing around work for a while now. Near Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado. Here's my best photo of the female with a vole for lunch. NOPO 2023
    • Esteban
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      Foto de Esteban PinillaFoto de Esteban Pinilla-5  I found today two species of owls in the same park on Bucaramanga, Colombia. Black and whites on top image, spectacled on bottom image. They are not the same picture!  
    • Emma
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      I absolutely love owls! The most recent sighting I’ve had is of the burrowing owl.911C851B-042A-43F0-BB91-9A25BA9D5FF90C4E479A-BD75-47FA-8484-50FB6D85B22A
      • jennifer
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        I had never heard of these until this class. What a wonderful picture!
    • Deborah
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    • Nik
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      These nesting Great Horned Owls are just outside my office now. Great Horned Owl 5C adult with nestling eating copyGreat Horned Owl 5D adult with nestling eating copy
      • jennifer
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        You are so lucky!!
    • Laura
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      IMG_2201 Saw this barred owl on a neighbor's feeder near Raleigh, NC in Jan 2021. Interesting that the other birds didn't seem fazed by it - it's like they knew it wasn't hunting them, but mice or chipmunks attracted to the seed on the ground. We hear great horned owls and screech owls in the area on a regular basis, but we rarely catch a glimpse of them except sometimes in flight at dusk. The great horned look like flying shoeboxes! :)
    • Mark
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      Lived in the Northwest Territories for many years where we were lucky enough to see the Great Grey Owl.  Recently living on Vancouver Island we hear frequently the Barred Owl...which we have also seen, as well as the Great Horned Owl.
    • Sandy
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      Snowy Owl by Deadhorse, AK on a birding trip with a guide. We also had screech owls right in the city of Houston
    • Emily
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      snowy and barred owl
    • AUDREY
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      I've seen Great Horned owls (in one memorable instance, an adult with an immature), Eastern Screech-owl (kindly came to my NJ backyard!), and Burrowing owls (the last was while visiting another state).  Always a treat to see an owl!
    • Audrey
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      I have heard so many time the Great Horned Owl in the trees next to my house but I haven't been lucky yet, haven't seen a single one... I brought my little brother and grandparents outside at night to hear them. They are incredible. On vacation not so long ago in Costa Rica, we saw near a river a crested owl and later a juvenile spectacled owl! I was so thrilled and it meant so much to me!! Here are the photos I was able to take. I still can't believe I saw them! DSC04182DSC04373
      • Laura
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        Great photos! Lucky you!
    • Anna
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      I have heard a Barred Owl in my backyard for a few years. I normally hear its signature call before I go to bed or early in the morning. A month or so ago I saw it up close on my backyard fence! It was beautiful and large. Owls are so cool!
    • Sophie
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      Wanted to see owls all my life, finally got my wish. Saw two barred owls in the past month, on two separate occasions, right next to busy walking paths in the city.
    • Irene
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      I had wanted to see an owl for years, and finally saw two barred owls within the same year, out in Central Massachusetts where my sister lives. The first one was in the backyard, it was lightly snowing, and I just by chance saw it flying by a window, then it settled on the top of a post-like tree, right in the middle of the yard, so I was able to watch it for a while. I think seeing that one helped me then spot the second one, later that same year, because the shape was more familiar - I was driving up the road near the house, and saw another barred owl sitting on the utility wires. That day it was also overcast, and lightly raining. I went home, got my sister, then we drove back out together and parked, and I took this photo. Screenshot 2023-02-14 at 8.43.59 PM
    • Melanie
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      I certainly hear them fairly frequently where I live, but seldom see them. There is a state park near me where a little screech owl often hides in a hole high in a tree and if you really focus, you can just barely make him out. The camouflage is amazing!
    • Gail
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      Yes, I have seen barred owls flying in New Hampshire. I have also seen a Great Horned owl because I was sitting with some friends on the top of a hill that must have been close to a nest because he/she was not happy and making it clear.  I would not have been able to identify the owl from seeing it at night flying but I did identify the characteristic hoot.
    • J.K.
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      Here is my most recent Owl sighting.. Great-horned Owl Sun City West, Desert Springs Golf Course Wednesday. January 4, 2023IMG_1893
      • Gail
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        Beautiful.  I am not sure I would have even seen it.  Good job.
      • Audrey
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        That's so beautiful. I always wonder how many times I walked near an owl and didn't see it because of its camouflage.
      • Laura
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        Good eye, and very nice shot!
    • Li
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      No. I really really really want to see one!!!!
    • Richard
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      My wife and I along with two friends were visiting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Preserve near Lawton, OK, several years ago. The WMWP is a beautiful area of open prairie, old mountains, buffalo, prairie dogs (and burrowing owls, of course) and longhorn cattle. While driving about 30 mph along a straight section of road in the Preserve, we noticed that a large owl (species unknown) was flying and keeping pace with us as we moved along. It was as if he was racing us. This went on for a mile or so. It was a beautiful day and a nice memory!
    • Lutz
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      I saw an Ashy-faced Owl in the Dominican republic. This was a wonderful experience as this bird is rare and endemic to Hispaniola. I love its blue coloured face. https://ebird.org/checklist/S97721191
    • Don
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      Once.  Working in the woods a long time ago.  A coworker spotted a large owl midflight and pointed it out.  Definetly an owl, as we could see the flat face in profile. Still searching for the next owl.
    • Brice
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      I volunteered and worked at an aviary where the raptors couldn’t return to the wild and was able to help care for Barred Owls, Barn Owls, Eastern-Screech Owls, and Great Horned Owls. I also had a Barred Owl that would hang out in my back yard a lot.