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    • Bird Academy
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      Bird_Academy
      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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    • Erika
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      eberry27
      I was able to visit a Raptor Wildlife Rehabilitation Center back in November 2020. I do wildlife photography on the side so getting to see these owls who were in situations where they were unable to released back in the wild was really inspiring. Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and the Eastern Screech Owl red morph. In the wild, I saw my first Great Horned Owl nest in May 2020 which was so special, but I've seen/heard them a couple times around dusk. In December 2020 I saw my first Short-eared Owl. Three were hanging around the local airport and they were so stunning to see! My first owl sighting ever was actually on accident! I was on a drive by the beach in July and there happened to be a male snowy owl on chimney. I thought it was fake until I saw all the birders around and it turned its head and looked at me! 2014, and it really helped me get into photography. This past January I was able to see one Snowy owl a few times and she has such a happy almost comical looking face. However, in early January, I had stopped for a red-tailed hawk who was eating a small rodent on a pole. Out of nowhere this Snowy Owl flies in and steals it. Swallows it whole! What she didn't realize, is that there was a pair of red-tailed hawks. They started diving in an attempt to get it away and no one else was around! Just my mom and I and I have to say it was so amazing and shocking because it was within 50 ft of where I stood! I couldn't ask for a more special moment and I'll treasure it always.IMG_9889086D0788-7858-446C-8715-59D5FF33BE11
    • Kris
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      rockiczak
      The first night we spent in our new house, my husband heard the hooting of an owl.  We turned out the lights and looked out the bedroom window to see the silhouette of 2 great horned owls on the branch outside our window.  We never saw them again.  It was a lovely welcome to the new neighborhood. Another dramatic sighting occurred as we sat on our porch on a summer evening, waiting to watch a lunar eclipse.  As the sky held onto the last of the day light, an owl came and perched at the very top of one of the pine trees in our yard.  An owl and a lunar eclipse in one night!  Such an event inspires the search for meaning.  I settled on simply acknowledging that the universe is filled with awesome wonders and we are fortunate to be a part of it.
    • Johanna
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      Bluejaylady14
      I absolutely love seeing everyones photos!!  Here is my first time seeing a Snowy Owl. It was at Sachuset Point in RI.52738301_606075776502830_8200398435690479616_n73321903_753305375113202_7539092361096200192_n Then this little adorable Sawhet was at a owl banding workshop. She was the only one they got that night and she was beautiful.
    • Johanna
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      Bluejaylady14
      I love owls so much!! They are so graceful and captivating!! I have seen Great-Horned, Barred, Sawhet, Screech and Snowy Owls in my birding career and look forward to seeing more. Probably my favorite is the Snowy as they are pretty rare in my area. Also the Barred Owl is a long time favorite. I can actually make a pretty convincing Barred Owl call and once called a curious one into my yard. Looking forward to more owl adventuring!!
    • margaret
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      margaret shirk
      My desire to see an owl began with reading Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen to my children.  It’s been fulfilled in my neighborhood wanderings in the suburbs of Albany, NY:  a pair of Great Horned; a trio of baby Saw Whets; a Barred Owl.  We hear a Screech Owl in the dark of early morning, but have never seen one.   To anyone who has any association with young children, I recommend reading Owl Moon with them.
      • Kris
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        rockiczak
        That is one of the BEST children's books ever!  I absolutely love it.  I'm going to go pull it out of the box of children's books in our storage closet.
    • Isabelle
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      Isabelle.Oldfield
      In college there was an Eastern Screech-owl I loved to go watch. All the local birders knew exactly where it lived, a common phrase was "I wonder if the owl's in today!". Check it out! (2015 Wildwood Park, Bridgewater, VA) - Cory Leigh Rahman eastern-screech-owl-cory-leigh-rahman
    • Kris
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      1krispy1
      I have seen Burrowing Owls, Great Horned Owls, an Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owls, Short-eared Owl, and a Long-eared Owl so far in my birding career.
    • Link
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      Leafblade61
      My Great Grandpa, Uncle, and I were backpacking in Idaho by the Soldier Lakes. We were building a fire when my uncle suddenly said, "Look there's an owl under that tree!" We looked and on one of low hanging branches of a pine tree, I saw it: A cute little boreal owl. He was very calm, and let us observe him for quite awhile. We were even able to get several pictures!
    • Gregory
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      Greg Allen
      I have seen 14 owls overall.  Four were seen in Panama. I have seen all eight available in my adopted home state of Ohio.  I also have seen a Great Gray Owl in Alaska, and a Burrowing Owl in California.  My favorite Owl observation came in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in February of 2015, my big year(287 species).  A fellow(Ron?) from San Antonio(originally Oklahoma) showed me around all day.  When he retired for the day I wanted to go around on my own.  I did not quit until the issue was forced by darkness.  In my last moments birding that day an owl flew right by me and landed in a tree a little above and about ten feet from my head.  I think there were some walkway lights lending just enough light to clearly identify this bird as a gray morph Eastern Screech-Owl.  This capped a grande day indeed.
    • Catharine
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      catwomyn1999
      I recently saw a Barred Owl, which has been discussed in the course a bit, in my backyard.  It was trying to catch a squirrel, around mid-day, and it sat on my back fence for quite a few minutes, enough to get some not-very-good photos of it, one of which I've inserted below.  The experience convinced me to invest in a new camera with a zoom lens so that I could get better photos of birds.  Unfortunately, I have not yet seen that owl again, but it was very exciting to see it for those few minutes.  I had heard its call several times in the last year, but that was first time I had seen it.01242021_01_owl
    • serica
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      Pica serica
      I found a Northern Boobook(Ninox japonica) in China. And I noticed how long the tail for a boobook! 78356187362116639845444650325973446
    • Jim
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      Slimjim1437
      2019-05-15 Juvenile Great horned owl in chicken coop2019-05-15 Juvenile Great Horned owl We have had great horned owls nest in a cliff wall accross the street from our house the last 2 years. They came out and sat by the opening of the nest for a week or 2, staring at my chicken coop. Sure enough, this was the owls fledgling flight, it flew in to the chicken run then couldn't get out. Quite an ordeal!
      • Kris
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        rockiczak
        In the top picture, it looks like it's trying to be a chicken!
    • Lauea
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      mizeequine
      I found a medium sized owl with his wing entangled in a barbed wire fence on 1-8-21.   He had ear tuffs and was a mottled grey/brown.   I approached him and he fluffed up and turned his head and looked at me with the biggest eyes Ive ever seen.   I gathered my supplies then covered him with a bath towel.   I was able to cut his wing loose.  It didn't bleed, I just cut one feather and some down.  He flopped backward with both wings extended.   I tried touching his feet with a stick , hoping he would release the wire but he didn't.    I went on with running my dogs and when I returned in about 10 minutes he was sitting upright on the strand of wire.   He was a bit wobbly but still hanging on.   I called my husband who was working at the barn to come and see.   I was surprised how scared he was of the owl and told me how dangerous he was.    I left for about 1 hour and when I returned he was gone!   I love birding and have always counted it a blessing to see an owl.   Now when I run my dogs I wonder where he is and if he is watching.   Nice to share this story with other bird lovers.   My grandkids love my crazy adventures.    It was a nice blessing during a perilous time.  I saved the feather
    • Donald
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      byrketdl
      I saw this Barred Owl in a nearby state park.  I went back several times during the next two or three weeks and he was in the exact same spot.  Once he was gone, I never saw him again. 7EE74DAB-3CBD-41BF-8525-493ADF5C1D95_1_105_c
    • Jean
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      jeanmparks
      I live just a few blocks from the UW-Madison campus (40, 000 + students). It's a very old neighborhood with lots of old trees. There's a huge Blue Spruce in our terrace. One summer afternoon I was watering my window boxes when something flew onto a lower branch of the spruce (10 ft up). I guess it surprised me because it was a silent flier, not like the crows in our neighborhood. Turns out it was the an absolutely adorable Saw-Whet Owl. It sat there for several minutes--long enough to get my husband and daughters out to see him. A beautiful memory. We also hear Great Horned owls, especially on very cold, still nights. I haven't been brave enough to bundle up and look for them.
    • Stacey
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      S E Wilson
      I think one of the most memorable times I saw an owl was at a graveyard the day after my grandmother passed away. It was a Snowy, perched on a post overlooking the graveyard...not only was the bird beautiful-but as owl are considered to be psychopomps in some lore...a meaningful sighting as well.
    • Anne
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      annegriffith
      I hear barred owls regularly where I live just south of Dayton, OH, but alas, I’ve yet to see them. I did see great horned owls just outside Gardiner, MT during a teacher fellowship at Yellowstone National Park in April 2019. We heard them outside the hostel where we were staying a couple of nights in a row, then someone spotted one of them in a tree near the hostel and we all got a good look. I loved hearing them calling to each other in the night.
    • Kate
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      katarobb
      I've not seen an owl in the wild but that is one of my goals in taking this class. I often hear owls in the trees around my house after dark or sometimes at the park around dusk. I live outside of Allentown, PA. After listening to some of the owls in this lesson, I'm fairly certain that the owls I hear around are great horned owls.
    • Brett
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      Eatonb4
      The first owl I saw in real life was a Barred Owl. I was birding in a park favorited by joggers and trail runners. Two joggers went past me early in the morning then from behind I heard a scream. I turned to see a barred owl flying up from the head of one of the joggers as they continued on. I had to move a bit to get the owl in my binoculars at which point it swooped at me as well. As cool as it was to see it in flight, and head on, when I realized it was coming in for the attack I was quite scared. I managed to get a picture after that and was swooped two more times in the process. At that point I realized that this was one angry owl and decided it was best that I high tail it out of there!
    • Suanne
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      SuanneJohnson
      We have heard Barred Owls near our home in southern Maine for years. Last year we were fortunate to see both an adult and two juveniles.
    • Larry
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      LBrown15
      We were having trees trimmed in our back yard and we discovered a Western Screech Owl (I think) hiding among the foliage, he/she was almost invisible.  Unfortunately, we never saw him again.  I guess there was too much human activity.  We now have an Owl box, hoping it will lure the owl back. DSC02940
    • Cara
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      CCalvelli
      How lucky was I that a snowy owl visited our town near Burlington, VT for about two weeks this past December.CC542CC9-3A41-40F9-B1AE-4928BCEA8F84
    • Claire
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      clairehaas
      I went on a guided owl trip to Amherst Island just outside of Kingston, Ontario some years ago.  The group were able to go into a very thick grove of pine trees, one at a time, so as not to disturb the owl which was roosting there, a long-eared owl.  On the same trip we saw a saw-whet owl.   There is a great place to bird watch in Ottawa, where there have been Great-horned owls nesting in some years, but sadly, once the location of such a nest is publicized, trouble follows.  I was lucky enough to see some of these owls, but in the second year of nesting, vandals killed them. That was a difficult lesson for birders in our area to learn and when screech owls nested there in subsequent years, more care was taken to keep the whereabouts of the roosting and nesting sites out of the news.  Even fellow birders were not encouraged to have a look.
    • Charles
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      cmassieon
      Yes!  I saw a Barn Owl at the Red Rock State Park  (CA) CBC This year.  It was roosting in a dense stand of tamarisk trees. We listen for Great horned Owls out our bedroom window when its warm enough to crack the window.
    • mary ann
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      mary ann_flannery
      I don't have a picture for obvious reasons because I would hear this owl very early in dark mornings when taking my dog outside.  I am fairly certain it was a Great Horned Owl by the sound of its call.  Nothing is more beautiful than being in a fairly wooded area in the quiet of pre-dawn and hearing the haunting call of that owl.  I now know it was a Great Horned because of the information from this course.  Mary Ann Flannery
    • Joseph L
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      jchoquette33
      Yes.  I came home mid-day one day and there was a Barred Owl in the Red Pine tree in front of my house.  I took a picture of it and sent it to the local TV station, which was featuring pictures send in by viewers.  They used it!  The owl hung around for a while and then ambled off.
    • Josh
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      jbennett1995
      I live in Northeast Massachusetts and regularly hear a Great Horned Owl at night time or early in the morning when it's still dark. In addition, I have seen on eBird regular sightings of a Barred Owl at a nearby lake / park area but have not seen that particular owl myself. This lesson did a great job covering Snowy Owls specifically. There is a very well-known wildlife refuge in Newbury, MA called Parker River NWR that I visit regularly on weekends, typically at least once a month. Earlier this January, I had the pleasure of seeing three different Snowy Owls in a group trip through my state's Audubon society. One of them in particular was a very good view on the ground, and even at one point the Snowy Owl was buzzed by a Northern Harrier! This year there have been many Snowy Owl sightings there, and as a relatively new birder I feel very fortunate to have been able to observe a Snowy Owl there. I hope that when I visit there again very soon I am able to see a Snowy Owl (among the many other amazing birds)!
      • Kim
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        KimNewBedford
        I was at Parker’s River several weeks ago. I drove up with a friend from New Bedford, who has a scope. There were many people watching a snowy on the ground from the first boardwalk, but from a safe distance. It was truly a memorable moment!  It was quite a drive to get there but I hope to return. I met a guy who had seen 13 snowy owls last winter there. Glad you can go regularly.
    • Paula
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      qmother
      We live in an area that we see bard owls on a regular basis. We live in a shallow valley in Ballwin, Missouri. The area left established woods and got the nickname Owl Hollow. I have had encounters where the owl is flying over my car when coming home. (Had the moon roof open and he flew low and right over top of the car for a distance). We see families beginning to learn to fly every summer. I Willis love to be able to observe more of were they are living and see the babies as puff balls. They have flown so close while walking my dog that they almost touched my head. (And my dog is a lab so they aren’t going after her). owls fascinate me and I do believe there are more species in the woods. I just don’t know where to look.
      • Claire
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        clairehaas
        To find out where to look, read about a kind of owl that you might see where you live and find out what types of trees they like to roost in and look for them.  Many owls like to roost close to the trunks of their favourite trees for shelter from crows who can sometimes give away the owl’s location by flying near them and harassing them with vocalizing.  Also there are usually white spots left on the trunks, branches, or on the ground, where the roosting owls defecate.
    • Jesse
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      jesterswan
      I managed to see a bunch of owls this year! All at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. Close to where I live. At the start of the pandemic in March I stumbled across a Long Eared Owl in a tree, a snowy perched in a Great Crested Cormorant nest and another blending in with some cement rubble on a peninsula. In November I saw a Barred owl roosting in a tree and a female Snowy on a white branch stalking some Pipits. And One day in December in stumbled upon a Roosting Great Horned and a roosting Northern Saw Whet about 4 meters from each other. I got a quick picture of the Saw whet and quietly backed away onto another trail and literally 15 minutes later I walked by a Juvenile Snowy (maybe 1 year). IMG_7492
    • CAW
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      cawcaw20
      Was lucky to see a Snowy hunt the fields near our house one winter as a kid.  Spotted a Barred at my patch in central IL this week (25+ very angry crows led me right to it).  There's a Great Horned in the area too, but I've only heard it. DSCN1824
    • Dolores
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      Dolores008
      I have had the great good fortune of seeing up close and personal - the Snowy,  the Great Horned, Barn and Saw whet and Barred. Each an amazing precious experience.
    • Dolores
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      Dolores008
      I don't understand how to move through the 14 exceptional birds EXCEPT to click on each link in the list beneath the photo. You seem to suggest  there are to be 14 images (1 of 14) - focused on some exceptional characteristic BUT there is no way to scroll through 14 images EXCEPT as stated above to click on each link. Are we supposed to deduce what makes each bird exceptional based on our readings in eBird and/or All About Birds? Is this REPLY TO BIRD ACADEMY the way  I enter the discussion ?? Where might I expect to receive a REPLY FYI my email is brandon.dolores@gmail.com
      • Dolores
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        Dolores008
        Actually, as I moved through the lesson chapters I figured it out. Sorry for any inconvenience. It's a great course. Will require many viewings to fully absorb; promises to be a great resource to return to over and over again. Thank you. DB
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        ecm017

        @Dolores I'm glad you figured it out! If you have any additional questions about using the course, please contact Customer Service. They will be happy to help.

    • barbara
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      bford205
      I almost cried when I saw this beautiful Snowy  Owl.  It was sitting on the spillway near a very large lake.  I definitely kept my distance.  (someone said lots of people were getting much closer and she didn't seem to mind - but I wanted to stay back - I was just in such awe of seeing something so magnificent).  It was about 20 degrees on the day I saw her - but for the time I stood outside looking at her - I never once thought about how cold it was!   _DSC9015
    • Jim
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      alpowolf
      I've only seen two owls in the wild. The first was a Great Horned Owl I saw at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, VA in the autumn of 2014. It was in the morning. I spotted a large number of crows who were plainly "mobbing" something so I went to see what it was. I was able to get several good photos before the crows chased it deeper into the woods. In the winter of 2014-2015 our area had an irruption of Snowy Owls and I saw one of them who was perching regularly during the day in a local backyard. I was able to see this via a friend of the homeowner but I was sworn to secrecy regarding the specific location to prevent a mob of people from showing up. 15554489557_37de8f0f56_o16225900137_faac28687d_o
    • Nancy
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      46er2355
      Yes.  I was very surprised to see what I believe was a barred owl sitting on a branch outside my living room window along the Schoharie Creek in upstate New York.
    • Tam
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      hudsonriver123
      Yes, I have seen a spotted owl while camping in the Sierra Mountains and a great horned owl in a coniferous forest flying under a moon lit sky.
    • Lori
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      LIGreene
      Yes! Was so joyfully surprised last Fall to come around a curve on a back-wood dirt road and see a Barred Owl snoozing in a tree near the road. I hear them in the timber surrounding my house at night in all seasons - have only seen this one time.
    • Patricia
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      patclark
      I have seen quite a few owls because I am retired and have been fortunate to be able to travel to several other countries to see birds.  (Back when one could travel -- this is early 2021!)  We once saw a Spectacled Owl in Panama and I got the first photo below.  I don' t recall realizing this at the time, but I must have been looking at the owl's back.  I just learned from this course that the front is buffy and un-streaked!  Owls are tricky with their ability to turn their heads so far. Speaking of their heads, I also took the second picture, in Mexico, of the back of a Pygmy Owl's head -- showing the false eyes. In this case I was looking at the front of the bird and seeing the back of the head!   (I think this is a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, but in the place where I saw it it could have been one of a couple of species.) And lastly, here is another picture of the same Pygmy Owl. DSCN5244DSCN7098 DSCN7094
    • Alasia
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      Acanares
      I was lucky enough to see many snowy owls in the winter of 2013-14 just north of the US  Canada border on Boundary Bay.16118570726794607651968146597302
    • John
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      Talonhawk
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      • John
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        Talonhawk
        I love Owls! They are unique and powerful and definitely own the night. Silent Hunters I say. These shots were taken at a Neighborhood Park in Livermore, Ca. The GHO couple had three young and I want to say all three fledged successfully. However, in the pic I only show two. The Great Horned Owls have no problem catching prey. They’ll even take down a Striped Skunk. Now that’s a smelly situation and that’s ok, because, I believe GHO and other species of owls have a low or no sense of smell.
    • Peter
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      bmrider71
      I snapped these breeding season urban and suburban Great Horned and Barred Owls in Albuquerque and northern Virginia, respectively.DSC_1090 DSC_1706DSC_1693
    • Steve
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      SKSiegert79
      Unfortunately I’ve only seen Oakley, the great horned owl at the Cayuga Nature Center.
      • Gregory
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        Greg Allen
        Don't despair.  If you bird it they will come sooner or later.
    • Anthony
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      aptlush
      Great Horned Owl 1Great Horned Owls are numerous in our woods. This one in March 2020 was perched at sunset quietly hooting
    • Anthony
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      aptlush
      Screech Owl landscapeI spotted this Eastern Screech Owl in January perched on a Crabapple limb illuminated by the light from a nearby building
    • elizabeth
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      elizabethGriffin
      IMG_20201129_150707736 I met Tank the Sub-Arctic Great Horned Owl at a falconry experience at Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control, outside of Toronto.
    • Tom
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      barnwell47
      Great Horned Owls, Barn Owls, Screech Owls, Burrowing Owls and Elf Owls are common when I live in Baja Arizona.
    • Kate
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      katedavis66
      Many years back, while out for a late afternoon hike in Connecticut, two great horned owls flew overhead like ghosts.  That was my one encounter with an owl so far.  This winter, 2020-2021, we have several Snowy Owls wintering in my home state of New Jersey.  I have been on the lookout visiting a variety of locations but have been lucky enough to find one yet. As well, I have been spending a lot of late afternoons around sunset on the hunt for other owls but so far, no luck.
    • Mary
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      MDV1952
      We have had Great Horned Owls on our property for a number of years.  I have been able to observe them roosting in spruce and sycamore trees near our house.  I think it is a nesting pair and that the nest is in a spruce tree on the edge of our field.  I have seen two owls roosting together in this tree and we enjoy listening to the duet of hoots between the male and female.  I have also observed one of the owls catching prey by swooping from a tree branch to the  ground and carrying the prey off in its' talons. The only other owl I have seen up close is an Eastern Screech Owl that was sitting in the entrance to a cavity on a branch in a sycamore tree on near our house.
    • Tim
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      tbfath
      38BDE9AA-12F1-4ED3-8B9C-454F70C92EFDThis guy/gal is a frequent visitor to the woods behind our condo in Calgary, Alberta098006E0-D584-42DF-897B-BCA0AC0E27321D3CA9C9-AB47-4E6D-8297-4A7D6F1C4A94
    • Mary
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      pdmolander
      When I lived in the Western suburbs of Boston, abutting a wetland, we had barred owls in our area. I saw one almost daily for a couple of years.  One day I saw two barred owls sitting on a tree together.  One of them was stroking the other around the eyes with those enormous talons. The most striking owl I saw there was a snowy owl, sitting on our fence post late one snowy night.  It was so imposing that the dog would not go outside.  We watched for a while and then it flew down under the bird feeder, through at least 6 inches of snow and came up with a mouse.
      • Kim
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        KimNewBedford
        What a great place to be!  I’m amazed and jealous that you have seen owls on such a regular basis. The dog and the snowy owl story was great!
    • Donna
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      donnamorth
      I saw a barn owl in a barn at Wakamatsu Farm in Placerville, California back in 2017. I've seen borrowing owls in a field outside of Sacramento. I've seen a spotted owl in Georgetown, Ca. and I've heard owl hoots in wooded areas of Tahoe.
    • Anne
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      anne
      In Sonoma county, CA, I have seen barn owls in a water tower. Otherwise i can hear a pair of great horn owls nearby my house every nights and hope to spot them during daytime after following this class🤞
    • nina
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      ninabailey
      We have Great Horned Owls in Berkeley/Oakland, CA, hills.  I have heard a nesting pair call to each other in the tall Monterey Pines and Redwood trees in the Berkeley hills neighborhoods.  There are lots of canyons with streams throughout this area.  Also hear Red-tailed Hawks high up but mostly they are in the Tilden Park Regional Parks area.  Barn Owls have nesting boxes in Cesar Chavez Park on SF Bay, though rare to see.  Also Burrowing Owls make ground nests there at this Bayside Park seasonally (winter).
      • Claire
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        clairehaas
        When you see burrowing owls in winter I assume they go elsewhere to breed.  Do they stay in burrows when you see them do they roost?
    • John
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      janderson19491949
      We recently were able to have a very close experience with a Barred Owl in Winnipeg. It was sitting beside Omand's Creek (frozen), about 10 feet up in a dead tree. We were able to get quite close to it. There had been a Barred Owl calling across the river recently. It might have been the same bird in its range. It was beside our creek for several days.
    • Karen
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      Liebran
      Only at a bird rehab facility and at the National Aviary
    • Alex
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      GetSnowy
      My partner and I rescued a Great Horned Owl in Vermont. We transported her to Vermont Institute of Natural Science where she was rehabbed. When she was ready to be released they allowed us to do the honors very near where she was found in Charlotte, VT. Pretty cool!
    • Joan
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      JoanPWarren
      Only once have I seen an owl.  It was in the Okeefanokee swamp in GA, USA.  I could not identify it, but it might have been a great horned owl.
    • judith
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      judithabboud
      I am 6 years old and I live  in Dubai.I went to the aquarium and I saw an owl with white feathers, short legs, and it was shaking its head from side to side.  It was dark in that part of the aquarium and the owl was awake.
      • judith
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        judithabboud
        The above posting is from my six year old granddaughter..who is quite interested in the natural world.  I hope to expand that knowledge as she grows, and being in Dubai does present some diverse and interesting situations.  Sometimes though, because of climate, these experiences are artificial; however,  interest in the environment is flourishing here.
    • Carolyn
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      MCCOY54
      I have seen and heard Barred Owls in Southwestern Ohio. We used to try to call them saying "Who Cooks for you? Who cooks for You all?" Sometimes they would hoot in response.
    • Ashlyn
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      Aisling Mahoney
      I frequently hear and rarely see Barred Owls near my home in Arkansas. I have also heard and seen Great Horned Owls here, but much more seldom. One of my greatest owl memories is seeing a Great Horned up close and personal on a misty autumn day in the Rockies of Colorado. It was one of those magical moments in God’s creation!
    • Tim
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      Tim1865
      88EF3826-A399-4BDE-BFA1-3767196BF565Great Horned Owl in North East Ohio, USA. I was looking for a woodpecker when I turned and saw the Owl, One of those WOW moments!
    • mitchell
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      Mitchell Nusbaum
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    • Paula
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      paulastlawrence
      I have seen a barn owl on my backyard fence. The owl has been featured in this course.  I'm in Perth, Western Australia.
    • Jennifer
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      jennferguson76
      I saw a Great Horned Owl several years ago, and I've heard one near my home recently, but have not been able to see it. I was also fortunate to see a Burrowing Owl this summer at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge.
    • Kimberly
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      kcollingwood
      I live near a golf course near Phoenix, AZ  with at least 50 burrow owls.  We watch baby burrowing owls emerge from a hole across the street from our house every year.  They spend the majority of their time in our yard as they are learning to fly.  This type of owl has been mentioned in this course.  They are very social and even have mating dances and vocalizations that I haven't really seen people talk about anywhere.  I have also seen male burrowing owls fight each other over females in the spring.  Here is a picture of one of them.  I really enjoy watching their antics as they are very cute and make many sounds.  One sound in particular is like a rattlesnake.kimberly-collingwood-rm4sR0v2bfw-unsplash (5)
      • John
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        Talonhawk
        Nice pic! That is so Cool!! Burrowing Owls are fascinating species and yes they will mimic the sound of a Rattlesnake. Its actually a deterrent to ward off any predators.  Thank you
    • Juli
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      Juli1321
      I have seen quite a few owls in my life. When I was a child I found a red morph Eastern Screech-owl sitting in the bushes right at eye level. It was asleep and hardly opened it's eyes as I looked at it. It was intriguing and seemed like something out of an imaginary world to me. I will never forget it! Now I run in the mornings before the sun comes up. It is fairly common to hear Barred Owls. Many times I have heard them their courtship calls which get very emphatic and interesting. From time to time I see them but mostly at that time of day I hear them. I used to have a big light in my backyard that would automatically come on at night. The bugs would come to the light and a Barred Owl would come and catch and eat the bugs on a regular basis. Over the years I have seen the Barred Owls many, many times. I also have seen quite a few Great Horned Owls, including juveniles who recently left the nest. I once saw a Great Horned Owl swoop down and grab a snake out in the national forest. When in Belize this past March I saw both a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and a Spectacled Owl. Both were very special memories!
    • Yvonne
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      yvie137
      Last year I went on a guided program to spot short-eared owls. This fall I went to various locations near my home to find Northern Harriers since I know they like the same habitat as the owls. Three weeks ago I saw my first, "I found it no one showed me," owl. I also have seen a Barred Owl that is a bit of a celebrity because he likes to hang out during the day where people can see him from a boardwalk in the Great Swamp. And I was fortunate to attend an owl banding session for Northern Saw-Whet owls. All of this was in Central NJ.
    • Stella
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      sm40052
      BARRRED OWL 2013 WINTER 028 this was taken 7 years ago, last time we saw an owl in our back yard. I think it is a Barred Owl. We live on 40 acres of forest but in total with our neighbors there is more than 160 acres. We hear the Barred Owl every year and the Boreal Owl. Used to hear the Great Gray but haven't in several years. We are in Eastern Manitoba Canada.
    • We have Barred owls nesting on and  around our property. We live in the country in Southwest Wisconsin.
    • Connie
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      MisheNahma
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      • Connie
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        MisheNahma
        I have seen great horned owls in Michigan and at Grand Bend NP on the Rio Grand. I was surprised to spot this in the Everglades during the day in March 2020. This is the reason I’m looking forward to this class , to be able to identify better.
    • Elaina
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      enp5023
      The balcony of our 3rd floor apartment over looked a heavily wooded ravine, and we often heard a barred owl there. One evening we heard it out there and tried mimicking its call. After a few calls, three barred owls came flying out of the woods and perched on branches not far from our balcony. Easily one of the coolest things I've ever experienced!
    • Cyndi
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      Cyn4birds
      I have seen snowy owls near my place in open fields east of Toronto for past 3 winters. They also like to hang out at marinas on Lake Ontario. They are magnificent to watch!
      • Karrin
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        klukacs
        You are so lucky, Cyndi! Seeing a snowy owl is now on my bucket list. :-)
    • Cyndi
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      Cyn4birds
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    • colleen
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      colleenmccarthy
      Great Horned (at a distance - living in a ravine by our house) also, on a yearly basis at Presque Isle S.P. They've raised 2 chicks each year & can be observed from a paved path - watched over by Presque Isle volunteers to prevent humans from getting too close) Bad pic of chicks in nest. Barn Owl - Belize (chicks, too) at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Discovered by our guide Barred (Presque Isle S. P. Erie, Pa.)   Snowy - Presque Isle S.P. off the entrance to the channel a few years ago. Have one this year (2020) I haven't seen except photo online.IMG_0218
    • Wesley
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      Birding15
      In the wild I have only ever seen Great horned Owls but I am really hoping someday I see some other species.Great Horned Owl
      • Karrin
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        klukacs
        Wow, what a great picture, Wesley!
    • Janet
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      Jantsal
      • I see this Great Horned owl sitting up in a tree in my backyard in Central California frequently during the daytime. In the early morning hours I get up and see it up on a pole that over looks the agricultural fields over our back fence, and at dusk, I have seen him there too. I have noticed less of the field mice making it into my backyard this year, and am thinking I have this guy to thank for that.
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    • Jill
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      jluccaHR
      I've seen owls on evening walks and while cross-country skiing. I suspect many were the great horned owl common to our region.
    • Maria
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      mmendez54
      I have seen an owl a couple of times: once in the jungles of Ecuador (pictured below) and once, a great horned owl, in the woods behind our house in Cherry Hill NJ. I tried to imitate the call of the great horned owl and, likely by coincidence, it flew closer.IMG_0033
    • Thomas
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      tjhan07
      I have never seen an owl in my life except in pictures. I really want to see them.
    • Debra
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      debrabaumbach
      Last year I noticed a Barred Owl while on my deck - we live on a ravine in Wisconsin. A pair of owls frequented the neighborhood.  So my husband made a nesting box and we put it up a week or so ago to see if they might use it.P1030020
    • Janet
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      Omajan
      I was camping with my family at Greenfield State Park in NH and we were sitting around the campfire at dusk and an owl swooped into the tree right at our campsite.  I believe it was a Great Horned Owl.  I didn't have my camera handy and it probably would have been too dark to get a good picture, but it sure was exciting.  Another time I was getting out of my car at about 10 p.m. and I heard 2 Great Horned owls conversing back and forth right in the woods behind my house.  I just stood in the driveway and listened to them as I could not see them.   It was awesome!
    • Misty
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      mistydbriggs
      I have seen seven of the thirteen Owl species in Arizona. The most elusive was the Mexican Spotted Owl. I was lucky enough to find a pair. IMG_1095
      • Pablo
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        papophd
        That is a wonderful photo! I have birded in Arizona but have only seen Great Horned Owls.
    • Pablo
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      papophd
      I’m originally from Puerto Rico where I had the opportunity to observe in 1983 the Puerto Rican Owl, and Short-eared Owl during field trips as they were hunting some bats. When I moved to the USA to attend grad-school I saw in 1988 my first Great Horned Owl near the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, and Barred Owl at the UNC Chapel Hill campus in 1989. In 1997 in Maryland during the Midwinter Montgomery County Bird Count I found a gray Eastern Screech-Owl looking out a Wood Duck box. In my first trip to Costa Rica in 2004 I observed and heard a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. I moved to California in 2007 and joined the faculty at UC Merced where in campus I had the opportunity to observe Burrowing Owl and Barn Owl. After I moved back to Maryland during the irruption in 2013, I followed various birders and saw my first Snowy Owl. For several years I have looked between November and December for the Great Gray Owl in Yosemite and Northern Saw-whet Owl in Maryland but as of yet not seen either but have found some regurgitated pellets indicating they were around.
    • Dylan
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      ishkeybibble
      On New Year's Eve, we were gathered around our small fire pit in Seattle when we heard the calls of what we think were the Barred owl. We followed the sound to a tall maple tree in a neighbor's yard and were able to watch the owl's shadow for a few minutes before it flew off soundlessly. As it was flying away we got a good look at the wing feathers when the light shown on them.
    • Gus
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      guslunde
      I am pretty lucky in that there are frequently barred owls that can be heard and seen around my house. Last spring, there was a nest and I got to see the young owls when they were learning to fly! Also, there has been a snowy owl hanging out in the town over from me here in Vermont that I've been able to see multiple times. Owls are fantastic!
    • Chris
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      cjg505
      We have Great horned owls in our neighborhood - we hear them often but only see them rarely. We put up a barn owl box last year but haven't enticed any to move in yet. Hopefully this year. I have seen an eagle owl (during the day) in Kenya. Would love to see more owls!
    • I was lucky enough to see a Snowy Owl just before Christmas in Eastern Ontario. Love the Snowy Owls.
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    • Arthur
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      Arthur_Marcal
      Hello I have a Great Horned owl in my backyard, I love birds they are wonderful.
    • Paul
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      Flanders Lake 1
      I have been very fortunate to observe and photograph Barred, Great Gray, Great Horned, Snowy, Northern Hawk and Eastern Screech Owls. Barred Owl @  Harris Park, Winnipeg, MB. Apr. 9, 2020_001Great Gray Owl @ PR.#317 Stead, MB. May 25, 2020_001_01Great Horned Owl @ Winnipeg,MB.Feb.22, 2020_001_01
    • Sara
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      RussellSara
      I saw an eastern screech owl, Chicagoland region. I was working late, left the the building that leds into a park and right there at the entrance was the owl perched in the tree, lit up by the park lights. It was really cool. I also hear a lot of great horned owls especially in the fall and occasionally will hear a screech owl.
    • Diana
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      q8K#wcM
      During the irruption year I saw a snowy owl flying at the edge of the woods less than a mile from our house. I’ve heard great horned owls in our local forest outside downtown Philadelphia. I am always looking at suitable nest trees in hopes of seeing an owl. I would love to see or hear a barred owl—they are around here. I find recordings of their call hilarious, especially when two of them get going.
    • Chai Eng
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      Chai Eng Law
      I have been fortunate to see the following owls: Brown Fish Owl, Spotted Owlet, Jungle Owlet, Dusky Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, and the Indian Scops Owl. Once I was walking home at night, something told me to look behind me and just as I turned around, I saw a Barn Owl fly silently towards me. I don't know what it is about owls but I get a thrill each time I see them.
    • Roberta
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      rnewton01
      I was fortunate to see a Snowy Owl receiving rehabilitation at the Vet College on Prince Edward Island, but had to wait years to see one in the wild in Southern New Jersey.  For the Spring and Winter bird counts, I owl and pick up a Barred Owl and Great Horn Owl.  One of our urban parks has a pair of nesting Barred Owls who produce 1 to 2 owlets each year.
    • Christopher
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      hartc2500
      I saw a large owl at the San Deigo Zoo CA that was used during a wild bird show to demonstrate how silently they can fly. It was released from the back of the tent and you did not even hear it flying down to the stage.
    • Christopher
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      hartc2500
      I have seen both a Great Horned Owl in a Pet shop in Pennsylvania in the 1970s. I presume owls are no longer allowed to be pets. I have have also seen barn owls in trees and when we moved into a house near Bethlehem, PA we found a dead barn owl in the tree that had grown close to the house when we removed it.
    • kathy
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      Katoubman
      A large owl was stunned or injured at the end of our dirt driveway on the side of the road. I live in Maine and called "Avian Haven" a nonprofit wild bird rescue/hospital in Palermo,ME. They advised us how to move it . As we were placing the owl in a large cardboard box , the eyes looked at me  and moved its wings, we had to let go and the owl flew off beautifully.  I have seen a great horned owl in Alaska. It sat on a branch of a tall tree for quite a while, but I didn't have a camera. A snowy owl near Logan airport Boston. I live on 15 acres near a state park and hear owls frequently...would like to see one here.
    • Liam
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      owlcrafted
      I saw a barn owl nest in my backyard, but there were no eggs or owlets. there was one grown up though.
    • Nicki
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      wootbeep
      One night I was crossing a campground in Southern New Zealand and noticed a little owl, no more than 6 inches tall sitting silently on a low fence a few feet away. I couldn't see well enough to know if it was full grown. It was an amazing sight to see!
    • Sally
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      Skentch
      I have been divebombed twice while sleeping on the ground (no tent) by owls. Both times I did not know they were close by until I felt the whoosh of air from their wings. I was incredibly fortunate to have moved just as they were going to strike. I have long brown hair and I guess I looked tasty. It was in the evening, during the summer -- one time on top of a mountain and the other in the prairie around Denver.
    • sherry
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      sherryraven13
      Hi I have been fortunate enough to see a real life snowy owl at the Portland Jet Port in Maine.  While I do not have a professional camera I had binoculars and was able to see great detail of the owl.  I could even she her turn her head as an airplane made a loud sound overhead.  The wing span she had was amazing.  I call it she because it seems, and I could be wrong that the males have a lot more white than striations on them.  She was a good size.  The other time I saw owls was in a very icy winter.  The Barred owls were starving as they could not break through the ice pack to grab rodents to feed on.  I saw one at dusk sitting in a tree by the side of the road.  The next day I saw one in my neighborhood and I believe the same one then sat in a tree at the front of my house.  They were amazing to see.
    • Donald
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      Cookd2
      Prudhoe Bay Alaska, snowy owl, out in the tundra during the day hours, wind blowing during a partial white out, looked like a big bird, thought it would be listed as such in the presentation. And an Owl protecting it's nest in a abandoned structure, can't say I know what specific species it was except that it was a owl, brown and white.
    • Sue
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      suschaffner
      In  July, 2017 we had a young barred owl perch on a maple tree right in front of our kitchen window in Rochester, Minnesota. What a thrill. We often hear barred owl calls and know that there is a nest in our neighborhood, but that was the first and only time we actually saw one of the owls.barred owl
      • Christopher
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        hartc2500
        You took an amazing picture. Thanks for sharing.
    • Don
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      Koppin27
      Where I live in south central Ontario, I have seen Snowy, Great Horned & Barred owls. It is always a thrill when I can find a Snowy when they come down for the winter. This year we have had 3 Short Eared Owls at the airport though they are difficult to see as they stay a fair distance away. I have been searching for a Saw Whet and Eastern Screech Owl as they would be very fun to observe.
    • Cathy
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      cgtv123
      Yes, I've seen an owl in real life.  Years ago, I saw a barn owl in a high corner of a barn. Very recently, I heard what likely was a male and female barred owl calling each other, repeatedly - one hooting and one answering back.  It was a great delight to those of us in my apartment community who were paying attention.  I also sometimes hear one of them at night (at least did before it got very cold out).  It is so loud, it must be in a very nearby tree. I once took an "Owl Prowl" class in the evening.  We saw signs and I think we heard a great horned owl, but could not see it. One of my favorite owls is named Ralph - I think that's his name.  Granted, he is no longer wild.  He was out in a large cage at a nearby County Conservancy - an injured rescue but in a seemingly nice cage.  I always say hi to him when visiting the area and he just looks at me with interest when I talk to him.  
    • Rachel
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      pohlrachel
      Years ago when we lived in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a  saw-whet owl spent its days in a large holly bush across from the front door....  On Sunday we saw two snowy owls at the Parker River NWR, on Plum Island MA!
    • april
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      apriltulip
      I've seen a few barred owls in my neighborhood ( I live in Massachusetts) and sometimes hear Great-Horned Owls at night. Really love to hear them! Once when living in SC I saw a Snowy Owl at night sitting on a neighborhood street lamp. I could hardly believe it and but have never forgot it!
    • Lucy
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      redmondl
      I saw  saw-whet owl in Brooklyn a few weeks ago.  It was the first time I have seen an owl while birding.  I hope I see more.  He was magical.
    • Deborah
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      Deborah_Robertson
      2owlsTwo short-eared owls hunting in Delta, BC.
      • Christopher
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        hartc2500
        How did you manage to capture the birds so clearly in focus while in flight? This is an incredible picture.
    • Ethan
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      fishfalcon
      Yes, we had a Snowy Owl down here in Southern KY on the 17th, A friend a posted a video of it flying of a bridge. So before sunset we went out to try to find it. We didn't find the snowy, but we did find a Great Horned Owl and a Eastern Screech Owl while driving. After dark we set out again to scan a area that was lit by powerful street lights, and On the way  the way there, it was sitting on the side of the road watching traffic. We pulled over to make sure he wasn't injured, and it flew to a street sign. 12-17-20 SNOW3
      • Cathy
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        cgtv123
        Love that great picture!  Thanks for sharing.
    • Kjersti
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      kringsrud
      I've seen lots of barn owls, the most remarkable time being when one got tangled in a fishing line that had somehow gotten stuck in a tree on our farm. We cut it loose and took it to a rehabilitation place, but sadly its wing was dislocated and it had to be euthanized. I've also seen Great Horned Owls watching our chickens, and one when I was on a walk in the woods near my home. We almost always have a barn owl or even a family of them hanging around the farm, where we have an owl box in one of the open barns. My younger brother collects owl pellets and is going to sell them to a distributor once more schools are in session.
    • Jean
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      jean.k.mackey
      Just gifted this class to myself for Pandemic Christmas! Have been learning about birds during COVID. A neighbor has heard an owl. I hope to hear and see one this winter. I live south of Boston.
    • Molly
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      mgordon2194
      I live in Baltimore and I have only ever seen one barred owl in our city park. I hope this course will help me be able to spot them when I am on hikes in the surrounding area.
    • Michele
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      mrcruz.re
      While walking in an walnut orchard near our old house, we saw a Great Horned Owl family - male, female, and one owlet! In our new house, we hear (but have yet to see) Great Horned Owls and Western Screech Owls, and once saw Western Scrub Jays chase what appeared to be a Barn Owl out of a tree. Love learning more about these fascinating owls, all around the world!
    • Leslie
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      leslie.arnold
      Greetings, I live and work in northeast Indiana adjacent to the Michigan border. I am lucky to have seen native species of owls in person - Barred owls and Screech owls. I have heard Great horned owls.  A Barn owl and a Snowy owl are on the wish list. Working as a county naturalist, I recently salvaged a Long-eared owl that perished after being entangled in a livestock fence.  That was the first time seeing this species but I don't count it since it was deceased.  I am a butterfly nerd at heart but there is absolutely something magical about owls.
    • thomas
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      tbride01
      I live in southern PA near the Mason-Dixon line.  See owls?  Not so much. But hear owls often, usually a Great Horned or Barred Owl at night from bedroom window.  Love to hear them calling to each other when they are in the neighborhood. Another occasion was at a local environmental education center we stumbled upon a program featuring their ongoing study on saw whet owls.  Happened to see one in the flesh when caught to be banded and released. Lastly, a few years ago, when down on the Delvarva Peninsula was made aware of a snowy owl sighting on the ocean beach in Delaware sitting on the beach.  We were not alone in enjoying this unusual sighting and were joined by a number of birders.  Just fascinating.
    • Megan
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      Megatron08
      9D253BAE-C225-4E7E-8C4B-29A0280BEBD8 I saw this young barred owl in the summertime at a wildlife refuge. This little babe was perched in a tree early in the morning.
    • Sara
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      fenssa
      No that is why I am taking this course for some tip:) 9th grade Biology we had to learn bird calls and the only one I ever remembered is the Barred Owl so I am hoping to one day see one in real life, this evening I heard what I think was a Great Horned Owl but not 100% on that.
    • Chris
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      birdswv
      IMG_7444 For many weeks during the summer, I kept hearing a loud hooting noise. I originally thought this owl was a Great-Horned Owl because of how loud it was. The more I listened to the sound, I realized it was a barred owl because of its unique "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all call? I was very excited about this because I had always wanted to see another owl since my sighting of a Great-Horned Owl in 2016. One day, I was in my back yard in August at about 6:00 in the evening, and I heard a rusting in a nearby tree. I turned around, and there was a large barred owl staring at me from about 15 feet away. The owl stared at me for about a minute before it flew away into the trees. I never saw or heard the owl again.
    • Gretchen
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      DailyBirder
      While visiting Florida I was birdwatching at a natural area around a retention pond.  I saw a large animal on the ground at the edge of the pond which I was surprised to see was a great horned owl! On a trip the following year to the same area I saw some feathers sticking out of a nest in a small bare tree, blowing in the breeze.  As I came round to the other side I saw the cat-like outline of a great horned owl’s head poking above the nest edge.
    • Bonnie
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      bonniede
      I was camping at a park in southern Arizona, walking at dusk, and on a beam overhead saw two Great-horned owls. One, presumably male, was offering a plump rodent to the other. A touching moment. Another memorable sight was at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge where I saw Burrowing owl burrows with the owls standing around beside them close to the road. They didn't seem bothered by the location. They also had burrows in the sides of the irrigation ditches.
    • pamela
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      pams4birds
      Years ago I went down to the small pond on my property to check out what my dog was barking at. It was a Barred owl, wings open, standing in the shallow water. The owl was obviously in distress. I was able to contact a local wildlife rescue organization who came and took the owl back to their facility. Luckily, the owl was not seriously injured and was ready to be set free after just a few weeks of care. However, I learned that protocol for this facility was to release all birds of prey at a large farm about 10 miles away. I would not have thought twice about it except that we had been listening every evening to the injured owls partner call and call and call. It was very sad. Luckily I was able to convince the rescuers to release the owl back on my property (donating 3 days of carpentry labor at their facility really seemed to help!). And even more luck gave me the pleasure of bringing the owl home, setting it free and then listening FOR HOURS to the pair making so much noise! What a celebration. Of course, I’ve been an owl fan ever since.
      • Rebecca
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        rolien
        I am so glad you were able to get them to agree (with some prompting) to release the injured owl back to your property so that the owls could be reunited! What a wonderful experience to set it free and hear their reaction to being back together. Great story!
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        cgtv123

        @Rebecca What a wonderful story.  Good for you.  What a great lesson, too, in perseverance and the power to persuade.  Thanks for sharing.

      • Gretchen
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        DailyBirder
        That is heart warming!
      • Cynthia
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        cindykl
        Good for you to do that to bring the pair back together!
    • Louella
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      louellapizzuti
      I signed up for this course because I spotted an Eastern Screech owl in my back yard here in Detroit! I'm curious about owls in general, but intensely interested in finding out what I can do to encourage an owl to move into the owl house we put up a few years ago.
    • Cheryl
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      zenbird!
      I have lucky enough to see four types of owls - Great Horned, Eastern Screech Owl (red and grey morphs), Saw Whet, and Snowy.  These birds fascinate me.  I dream of seeing a Great Grey some day.
    • Doug
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      delinson
      I've seen and heard Great Horned Owls twice in the East Bay, including owl  These were both at dusk . i was lucky enough to see one  on the park behind UCSF.  In Cuba we heard an Cuban pygmy owl duringnthe evening and saw one popping out of the top of  snag during the day.  We were also fortunate to spot a Stygian owl during the day.  Each siting was with a guide.
    • Rachel
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      Fuzzypuffin
      I live near the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, so I have attended programs to see the birds there and in town. I also got to hold a Tawny Owl named Twilight at the New York State Fair last year.   She was very lightweight and calm. 0AB1EBE6-E25D-484F-9745-E69EE87FBE0E3813237C-3220-418D-8C69-ABC83B407E194DA44BE5-344E-4654-AE80-66CDF1BCB552
      • Michele
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        mrcruz.re
        So cool! One day, I want to do that.
    • Paul
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      whistlerwarbler
      I saw a Barred Owl in our neighbourhood perched on a tree limb in November in Redmond, WA.IMG_3961
    • Barbara
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      BarbaraFerraro
      I became a birdwatcher in the spring of 2020. As many of us during the pandemic, I found myself spending more time in my backyard.  An Evening Grosbeak was visiting my yard and I became smitten with birds from that point on.  I was travelling to Kelowna BC for a medical appointment and had some time to burn, I visited Munson Pond right in the middle of the city.  What a wonderful place filled with wildlife and especially birds. I enjoyed watching a Belted Kingfisher fish, a Great Blue Heron having a nap, Ospreys fishing, and  Mallards, Canadian Geese, Wood ducks swimming.  The greatest moment of the weekend came when I was walking around the pond on a path, a kind birder who knew I was a newbie had waited for me to catch up,486AEF4D-1191-4F02-8DE7-F71C38DC2E67_1_201_a to point out the Great Horned Owl to me.  It was my happiest birdwatching day ever, I stood in awe of this magnificent bird watching him nap.
    • Karen
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      sugismama
      Everyone has great photos! I have seen a fair number of owls in the places I've lived and traveled. Most interesting was a Boreal Owl that took up residence on our deck for a few days. It chose to perch on the corner of the deck, and I guess it hunted from that vantage point, because every night it triggered the motion sensor light. The owl wasn't at all bothered by us observing at close range. Then a few summers ago, we had a family of Great Horned Owls hanging out in the neighborhood. They made the rounds of houses in about a 1/4 mile radius every day. The babies could fly, but were still begging meals from the parents, screeching at full lung capacity, a loud rasping screech, while they bowed down perched atop a power pole or a house ridge top. Must have been incredibly loud inside the houses! They used our power pole a number of times to sound off. They did this for a couple of weeks, then disappeared. Fairbanks, Alaska
    • Diana
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      Bluesybird
      I live in Southern California, near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. We have many owls here; in fact, one visited this morning at 4:30am. I heard it hooting outside my window, and I heard another owl further away. We have seen an owl (presumably the same one) perched in the evening on a schoolyard baseball backstop. It is huge! We can make out its size, shape and ear tufts (a Great Horned Owl, perhaps) because there is a school gym behind him, which is often illuminated at night.  We are familiar with its call, a kind of hoo (pause) hoo-hoo-hoo. They often show up, sometimes landing on the roof and hooting. We have heard other, more unusual calls as well, with one sounding like well hello! We have seen other owls around at night, and once we saw one that was white (or whitish-faced) up in our palm tree.
      • Rebecca
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        rolien
        I wonder if the owls are attracted to lights to help them find food in anyway. With night vision and good hearing, I would think they would avoid those big lights.
    • Margy
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      MaddieR
      Snowy - twice.  First when I was in my 20's and living in East Boston - so close to the Bird Flats where snowy owls are sometimes found.  It was during the day, shortly after my wonderful Nono died.  It was on a bare tree in my backyard and I was on the 2nd floor looking out at it.  It flew right towards me looking at me the entire time and then flew up and out of my sight.  I always felt my Nono sent it to me. Second time was on a wildlife cruise in winter out of Boston Harbor.  We saw one on the rocks right near a runway at Logan Airport. I also saw a Barred Owl in the woods in Townsend Mass while hiking with my husband and dog during the day.  We saw it up in the trees. Finally, I saw one near where I live now - again a Barred - in the trees near my house during the day.  Of course, I hear them at night.  Recently two Great Horned Owls talking to each other across the field behind my house.
      • Doug
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        delinson
        We saw a Snowy owl at the Cascade Raptor center in Eugene Oregon.  Even though it was a not in the wild I have to mention it because of the birds beauty
    • Marsha
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      Kurkamar
      I saw a Great Gray Owl and a Boreal Owl at Sax Zim Bog in northern Minnesota, USA. I saw a Burrowing Owl at Santa Cruz Flats in Tucson, Arizona, last winter. They were so darn cute! In 2013-2014, I remember hearing about a Snowy Owl that was seen at the airport here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I wasn't into birding then, so I missed a grand opportunity to see it. Dumb. I've seen Great Horned Owls in Minnesota and Arizona.
    • Patricia
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      Pati_Vega
      Hi! I'm from Chile, here we have 7 species of owls, and I've seen 5 of them: Rufous-legged owl, Peruvian-pigmy Owl, Barn owl, Great horned owl and a Burrowing owl. These creatures amaze me, I love them! Chuncho 2 CON SELLOLechuza flickrTucúquere copyright
      • Nemo
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        bubohoot
        I just checked out the Rufous-Legged owl on E-bird.  Their calls are really shrieks!  Do you hear them often where you live?   I do love pygmy owls and I have never seen a picture of one sitting on a cactus..  Very cool!
      • Jean
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        ibisbird55
        Thanks Patrica for the incredible photos. I heard a great horned owl above our campsite one night in Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado. She sat above our tent and hooted all night. I became concerned since I had heard of the Native American saying, that owls will tell you when you are in danger.  I asked my friend to pack up and leave even though we had not finished birding. We left for Denver and heard on the news there had been a great flood in Rifle Falls, sweeping away all campsites. My friend and I also camped in southeast Colorado and were attracted by barn owls on a nest with babies. When my friend lifted me up to look at these adorable heart shaped face owls, there were three snakes guarding the nest.  The snakes rose up high as I decided to get down.    
      • Kadi
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        Kadibirdie

        @Jean This image of the snakes guarding the nest really captures my imagination. I don't understand why there were there - was it symbiotic? Were they feeding on the parasites around the nest? Or were they there to eat the young? The relationship between owls and snakes is so intriguing.

    • Nemo
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      bubohoot
      Hello, I live in Canada, close to Banff National Park.  Here I have seen Great Gray regularly, mostly perched on tree branches.  One was apparently juvenile and perched on a very low branch, curiously looking at my friend and me on a hike, showing very little fear.   We stopped and marveled him/her quite a long time.  He did not fly off. I have also seen Great Horned owls in flight twice, on the ground once (he flew down in front of my car, stopped at the intersection!)  and in the tree quite a few times.  The sighting locations vary from here to California.  One in flight came gliding by very close and I did not hear any sound.  It was eerie (in a very magical way), magnificent and outlandishly beautiful.   I think this one has taken a couple of cats in the neighborhood.   We also had one breeding pair in a park, for which the whole neighborhood had an opportunities to observe the pair and two young chicks. One species I have longed to see, but only heard is a spotted owl in Jedediah National Forest Park.  I jumped out of the tent and looked for one, but no luck!  I spoke to the ranger next day and she confirmed it was a spotted owl.... I have heard and seen a barn owl, on a small island of Japan as well.  We were in the retreat and the shriek shocked all us! South Africa offered me opportunities to see quite a few including Pel's Fishing Owl, White-faced owl, Eagle owl and one small owl (I could not identify the species - possibly bared owlet or pearl spotted)- Fishing owl was in Umfolozi Reserve.  I could not locate this owl for the life of me, and when I finally caught him on my binoculars, he was staring into the lens.   The small unidentified owl was definitely a male, as he was hooting incessantly around my tent, to the extent that the ranger started referring him as my owl.   I went to sleep a couple of nights listening to him hoot... That was the best experience of the entire trip.
    • Rebecca
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      rolien
      I had a barn own living in a tree by my house when I lived in Ashland, OR. I saw the owl pellets near the trunk and when I looked up the whorls of branches, I saw this impressive heart shaped owl face looking down at me. Very cool.
    • BJORN
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      suzukiawd13
      I have only seen, a Barn Owl, fly by me, once. On the end of my street. It went onto a branch, and perched, then flew away. I started bird photography, chasing Water-Birds. But now, I want to take more pictures of Owls, and Raptors. They are very hard to find. And harder to photograph. I am jealous of people,  who live in true wilderness. Because in those areas, Owls are more common. And adventure into plain sight. I am in a suburb, but not a 'mountain city,' nor a true 'forest city.' I have had good luck photographing Swans, and Great Blue Herons', and the usual suspects. But no close ups of any Raptors, nor Owls. I will keep trying. I am sure this course will help. -b.k. I like the Screech Owl, because it has a'raw,' and 'natural,' call. -b.k.
    • Charlie
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      AKCharlie
      I got a call from our neighbor that they had spotted a large owl on their dock, we live on the a small lake near Wasilla, Alaska. The minute I saw it I knew it was a Great Gray Owl, an unusual site for this part of Alaska. It was exciting to see one of the largest owls and to get some nice photographs of it! _8010709-GreatGrayOwl-600
      • Cynthia
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        cindykl
        Beautiful photo of a beautiful owl!
    • Bryan
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      brygoose
      Great Horned Owl: Everglades National Park - Dec 5, 2016.At dusk. We heard a distinctive hoot from inside some shrubs and small trees near a lookout over the sea of grass that is the Everglades. Looking inside - there it was. Unforgettable. Our first owl seen in the wild. I'd attach the photo but it's very blurry and not at all clear due to the low light conditions. But with the naked eye (and binoculars) it was very clear!
    • Melissa
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      silvameli13
      I was in the Nevada desert a few years ago camping. It was dusk and I was walking back to camp on a little animal trail. You could barely see. It was black and white and then looking south I could see something with a long wing span slowly flying towards me then about 10 feet away and about 20 feet above a Barn Owl flaps its wings to stay in one place and went back and forth screeching at me looking at me 3 times and turned in the direction it came and flew off until I could not longer them. I took it as a blessing.
    • Cynthia
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      cindykl
      I've seen a Great Horned Owl as a friend and I canoed down a stream - it was broad daylight and we looked up and there it was on a high branch, looking right at us!  It was big and beautiful. When we were opposite the owl, it flew, but right over us!  I also saw a Great Horned Owl mom and an owlet high up in their nest in a large tree on the edge of a small forested area. (This was not by chance - someone had told me where to see this nest.) I saw a Barred Owl high on a branch of a large tree in the afternoon one time, and I saw it because it had made a few calls. That was really cool! And I've seen a family of Eastern Screech Owls with a red morph dad and gray morph mom in a wooded area near where we live. One year they fledged at least 5 babies, and one evening at late dusk we actually looked up in a small tree and saw 2 owlets on one branch and 3 owlets on the opposite branch looking right at us, looking pretty surprised.  We were transfixed just like they were, and everyone seemed frozen! The mom was higher in another tree (she was clearly Not frozen in surprise) and she "told" them to leave and as she flew away they all followed her. They just silently disappeared one by one.  This was a magical moment for sure!!!  I didn't have the camera with me (of course) and it was too dark to get a shot anyway. Doesn't matter, you never forget a sight like thatIMG_8144! Thanks for this great course.
    • Patience
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      onebarnowl
      I saw what a guide told me was a Mottled Owl in Costa Rica. But it is different than the Mottled Owl featured in this course. Are there a lot of species of Mottled Owls? I wonder which one I saw? Here it is. IMG_1205
    • Olivia
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      NightwingMoonwatcher
      I have seen one owl  in real life before. It was an eastern screech owl, and I think they are very cute! It has been featured in this course so far, and the picture was ADORABLE. It was also asleep.
    • Lily
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      FridayChild
      For many years, I had an Eastern Screech Owl occupy backyard birdhouses I originally built for kestrels and flickers. I saw him/her most often in the spring, sunning in the entrance to the house in the late afternoon. I frequently watched until dusk when (s)he departed, always in the same direction. Sometimes I would be awakened very early on a summer morning by a small flock of bluejays harassing the owl - perching on the top of the birdhouse, peeking into the house, screeching, often for an hour or more, and from time to time I would find a little pile of blue feathers below the tree, where clearly the owl had his revenge. Much later in the day, long after the jays had moved on, the owl would have a long nap in his doorway, awaiting sundown.  This little owl seemed to spend many days in other trees around my yard, often camouflaged just a few feet above a well-used sidewalk. SleepyOwl We also had a Great Horned owl pair often seen in the tip-top of a tall Ponderosa pine, though one once got stuck amid the tangle of branches in my pear tree. It looked quite awkward and embarassed until it finally freed itself and flew off.
    • Marilyn
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      mjbmpls
      About 12 years ago I was camping in Forestville State Park in south/central Minnesota in late autumn. The park is in what is left of a once large forest but is now surrounded by open farmland. I was walking alone on a wide path surrounded by bare trees (almost a corridor) when just ahead of me was a snowy owl flying straight at me. It seemed like it was staring at me with great intent. I was, and still am, amazed by its wingspan, its yellow eyes, the shape of its face, its speed and grace. It was eye level with me for a just a second or two but I'll never forget it. For years I thought it couldn't be a snowy owl because it was too far south, not quite winter, the sun was shining and we were in the trees. But there's just no other explanation I've found, and to be honest, I don't want to find another explanation. It was a magnificent sight.
    • Kadi
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      Kadibirdie
      This summer a clutch of Northern pygmy owls hatched near our cabin! I went out in the mornings to try to observe them - they seemed to be eating up the entire forest - birds, short-horned lizards, and rodents. I counted six of them at one time. The size of the fly on the owl's head really drives home how tiny these little guys are.NPOW_20200624_2NPOW_20200625NPOW_20200629_1
      • Patience
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        onebarnowl
        Where is your cabin? What a great sighting! And nice photos.
      • Kadi
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        Kadibirdie

        @Patience Thank you! We live in Bryce Canyon National Park.

      • Gretchen
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        DailyBirder

        @Kadi What an amazing place to live!!

      • Nemo
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        bubohoot
        This is one of the best pictures I have seen of a pygmy owl.
      • Kadi
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        Kadibirdie

        @Nemo Thank you! It was a pleasure to be able to spend time with this ferocious family.

      • Paul
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        Flanders Lake 1
        Fantastic photo. It must have been a wonderful experience!!!
    • Keri
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      keri_sue
      I have seen Barred Owls in the woods in the afternoon here in Pennsylvania. And I almost hit a Barn Owl driving home from work on a rural road in Indiana a few years back. All I saw was pale swerve out of the way of my car.   About had a heart attack.
    • Mindy
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      Mindy_Severtson
      Well, I’ve heard them, called back and forth with them on night hikes in central and southwest Ohio.  Barred owls I believe.  I have the pleasure of seeing owls at the Glen Helen raptor center in my community. To my recall, I have only seen one in its natural free state while up on Prince Edward Island about 28 years ago.  So, in my book, it high time I see some more owls!
    • Kathie
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      KATHNOR
      I've seen three owls. The first one was sitting on a fence in Carmel, CA. At the time I didn't know what kind it was. A few years ago a Great Horned Owl sat on the roof of the house across the street, in the SF Bay Area. It was  there for at least 24 hours.   And we had a Western Screech Owl stay in our Flicker bird house for a couple of days, in Central Oregon.DSC_0659
      • Patience
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        onebarnowl
        Great capture! What an intent look on his face.
    • Shea
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      runnerboy13
      I have only seen a Great horned owl  at a distance, but where I live in central North Carolina is packed with barred owls, although they are hard to find and or see, they are easy to hear, they make a racket in the morning, and I have actually called back and fourth with one multiple times after I learned how to imitate their call.20201123161453__MG_720820201123161506__MG_720920201123161324__MG_7201 Here are some pictures I got at the Local bog garden
    • Pam
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      platelet
      Great horned owl and barred owl. Hear the Great horned owl mostly but now and then I do spot them in the trees. They have their usually roosting places around the lake. One day saw the adult and chick in the tree. IMG_2202
      • Cheryl
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        zenbird!
        Beautiful photo.
    • Else
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      user21112020
      A few kilometres away from where I live are nesting sites of Eurasion eagle-owls (Bubo bubo). It’s nice to see the first flights of their young. I've also seen a group of roosting long-eared owls (Asio otus) in a tree. Location: Western Europe. 20181201_143828
      • Patience
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        onebarnowl
        Long-eared owl look like a cartoon owl to me. The only one I've ever seen was here in Pennsylvania, USA, but it was so buried in a pine tree you could barely see it. Your photo shows them so nicely!
    • Cheryl
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      ccrawfordtr
      Yes! I am enamored with owls.  It started when I put up a screech owl box in my back yard in Dallas, TX and was lucky enough to have a pair of Eastern Screech Owls nest in it for 5 years!  This led me to volunteer at a local raptor center where I got to interact up close and personal with many different owl species - mainly screech owls, barn owls, great horned owls, and barred owls.  But the most amazing experience was when we got a Snowy Owl into our rehab clinic!  Yes, in Dallas, TX during an irruption year.  We were able to nurse it back to health, and it got a plane ride further north to be released in Minnesota.  I have since moved to Oregon and am volunteering at a different wildlife center where we have ambassador Eurasian Eagle owls and a Tawny Owl that I get to interact with.  And I've seen a Great Grey Owl in the wild. 8DF10C39-C061-4A2E-BA29-E838160031F9_1_105_c C73B1093-1965-4E92-A94B-161A91DEB6DD_1_105_c
      • Herbie
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        HerbieR
        What a great photo of those two owlets looking out of their nest box! Lucky you to have watched that box support five years of owl families!
      • Cathy
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        cgtv123
        What a great photo!  It looks like they have little personalities, from the looks on their faces.  You've just given me an idea about volunteering (once this COVID crisis goes away).  Good for you for doing that!
    • leila
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      leilalessem1
      • I was on a nature walk on a course in Toronto and saw a Northern Saw-whet owl in a fir tree.  It was very special and it just looked at us probably wondering why we are so interested in it.  It just sat there staring with its lovely eyes looking wise.  I think it was sleeping and we most likely woke it up.  It was well hidden in the fir tree of a side path and it felt safe.  It was so still it was amazing.  I love seeing owls especially in the city.  It is such a sweet small owl with its brownish colors and white underneath the brownDSCN0074
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        onebarnowl
        Nice find! I am hoping to see one someday -- they come through PA, where I live, but I have never seen one.
    • Melanie
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      MJLaForceGuild
      My most memorable experience with an owl was when I felt its wings beating.  It was like a strong breeze in the middle of the night.  I was at a Girl Scout camp at Mendota, Illinois.  We took a night hike.  The girls were noisy, as usual. That was all right because I didn't feel alone.  Then we came to a really dark part of the trail and stopped.  We clicked off our flashlights.  The, a Hoo - hoo a hoo a hoo.  The girls screamed and ran back.  I sat down, still, sensing the air, the night.  The owl flew over me and beat its wings, flying with a strength and force.  The wind of its wings covers me with a complete feeling of its presence.  Then, it was gone.  I went back to the lodge and wrote the experience down in a journal.  It was too precious to lose.  Later, in my 30's I saw a tiny owl in Ankarafantsika Forest during the day.  I took a photo and will keep it always.
      • Patience
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        onebarnowl
        What a unique experience!
    • Mary
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      marydlg
      0315g I have loved and observed birds since I was a little girl. However, even into my 50's, I never saw an owl. Spotting (and photographing) one became my amateur birding mission! I did everything wrong at first, and learned slowly. However, even though I have spotted many now, each sighting is awesome and thrilling! One note, even though owls are nocturnal, they don't "disappear" in the daytime. They are still around, just hiding well- mostly.  This young Barred owl hopped up onto a branch in front of me at 10 in the morning!
    • Shadia
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      sconstantine
      Yes. My first time seeing owls, they were in captivity, at a park in Hokkaido, Japan.  They have at least 20 different species including a snowy owl.  In Osaka, there is also an "Owl Cafe" that I visited, where patrons can eat and see watch different kinds of owls.  This experience was before I became interested in birding, now I think it is sad they are all captured and not free. The first and only owl I have seen in the wild was an Ural Owl, actually a few.  They were breathtaking.  I couldn't stop taking pictures.  Baby-Ural-owl
    • Marcia
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      OwlladyWNY
      What a fabulous course! It's encouraging me to investigate more of what eBird has to offer. I'm so thankful to have the chance to listen to owls who live halfway across the world, ones I'll never get to hear in real life. I've been on a few Owl Prowls which mostly did not find any owls... but it's always so much fun to go with like-minded people, because you never know if this will be the time 5 or 6 owls will show up! A few years ago I did see an owl swoop down my street in the city, on a winter night. I don't know if it was during the snowy owl irruption year. It was a white owl, though. They're just the most fascinating birds!
    • Tammy
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      thendrickson
      Thank you for offering this course!  Owls are amazing birds. I have seen quite a few. I would really like to see a Snowy Owl but I live in a part of the US that doesn’t have that owl!  This is a barred owl that was photographed in Lower Suwannee NWR, in Florida.   I was also fortunate enough to watch and photography juvenile Great Horned Owls.  I have also seen Burrowing Owls.  They are smaller than I thought they would be.  I did see a Eurasian Eagle Owl as well but this was because the owl was in a rehabilitation facility and cannot be released into the wild again.  EF2D3DC6-16CE-4BC4-BDDE-5A8EC5C38154
    • Herbie
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      HerbieR
      This is a wonderful course! Thank you for offering it! And thanks for the opportunity to hear the owl encounters of others! My encounters with owls have primarily been while hiking in the high desert of southern California during the winter months. Here are two photos of owls I have seen there: A long-eared owl that was day-roosting in a shady canyon in Joshua Tree National Park; it looks startled not just because of my presence but because it was being mobbed by California scrub jays. And a western screech owl looking out from its nest hole in a cottonwood at Whitewater Canyon Preserve. This photo of the screech owl is especially interesting because I think it illustrates that some owls have independent pupillary control of their eyes; the pupil in the shade is open wider than the one in the sun. 796D3114-3C12-489F-B0FD-DB7234487CA4DB64AE60-BDE7-4A8C-9CB0-7E19DF1AEF55
      • Patience
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        onebarnowl
        Wow, that is so interesting about the pupils being independent. Who would have thought?
    • Jenna
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      jtrexel
      Last year I watched a pair teach their babies how to hunt. I heard them first, when I turned the lights on, they didn't leave, just looked around. Right in my back yard, our house backed up to a 30 acre green space. I think they were barred owls, based on their calls, and description, but I didn't get any pictures. There were three babies and two adults. It was incredible.
    • Mary
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      melambright
      I have actually seen quite a few owls in real life but my favorite was back in February 2013 when the irruption of Snowy Owls extended down to Tybee Island, Georgia where one hung around to long enough for me to see it.
      • Jenna
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        jtrexel
        WOW! I wish I knew about this, I would have driven down for sure!
      • Mary
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        marydlg
        That is amazing to have gotten to see a Snowy Owl at Tybee Island. What a once in a lifetime experience!
    • Diane
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      DDoran
      So far I have seen Snowy owls, Northern Hawk Owl, Bard Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owl, Burrowing Owl, and Eastern Screech-Owls in the wild. I have seen the Tawny Owl and Eurasian Eagle-owl in captivity.
    • Julie
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      naturewoman
      For many years, I lived beside a wetland and saw many Barred Owls in that area. "Who Cooks for You? Who Cooks for You All?" we heard many times, even on cloudy days. We'd see parents teaching their babies to hunt. While we sat by our campfire, we'd see them drifting silently through the trees. There was a nest box installed in the wetland, and I'm sure that was where baby owls were raised. But it wasn't only Barred Owls, I was also awakened at night by the sound of Great Horned Owls, especially during their January mating season. But that sound has mainly disappeared with so much development in our area. We live in Mooresville, NC, a very populated area full of new subdivisions, created by builders who clearcut the land, unfortunately.
    • Jeff
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      JLFAIR
      I lived in rural Alberta, Canada for a number of years. Each winter I would see owls on occasion perched at the top of telephone poles or sometimes fence posts. I'm not sure of the species, but in my memory they are black/grey/brown and white and have ear tufts or horns. Great horned owls? One Fall the snow came very early and many of the barley crops were left in the field, buried in snow until spring. Mice seemed to feast on that grain, under the snow, and their population exploded. (Our house, and the houses of our neighbors, were invaded by mice.) That winter the owls were everywhere--it seemed almost every telephone pole had one at the top. They feasted on the mice, who were feasting on the grain. Magnificent animals.
    • Karen
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      karengreaton
      My first encounter with an owl was when I was just 16 years old… First time with the car allowed to go out of town with two friends… Driving along a dark road in the country at night an owl was in the middle of the road and I couldn’t miss it… I did hit it and it broke its neck… 😭The three of us girls cried picked it up and put it in our trunk to take back home with us.. my parents or terribly unhappy with a smashed up front grill… I’ve had many encounters with owls since then… I saw a snowy owl by the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in Minnesota and we had a mom and two baby owls (I think they were great horned owls) in our yard by the river at our home in Wisconsin... and we had a very large gray owl probably the great gray owl at our cabin two years ago and all of its outlets were making noises in the trees… My neighbor recognize the sound… And one of the outlets flew up and sat on our deck… I do have a picture but I can’t 72CFDE96-6D57-4525-8855-D0C5E8B03E5B3D40E23D-191B-4CF1-A57E-40AEE889FDC9
    • Pamela
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      gps-map
      A snowy owl was reported in Texas a number of years ago and I and three of us hopped in the car on an Easter Sunday and traveled west, about an hour from Fort Worth. The owl was in a field just sitting, relatively far away but wonderfully visible with my scope. We spent about 45 minutes watching it, letting some youngsters view the owl through the scope. Texas is quite far south for them but I later learned that it was an irruption year so there were quite a few spending the winter away from their usual habitat. Another owl; a barred owl in the next backyard about 9:00pm on a spring evening. This is the bird that got me into birding as I was so excited in seeing it I bought my first pair of binoculars the next day! A friend and I were sitting on her deck looking at the river and watching the beavers that would swim by each night. I heard a slight "swish" on my left and looked up. A barred owl had landed on a branch and it had a mouse by the neck in its mouth. The wind was blowing its feathers and I shone my flashlight on it. We looked at each other, it lifted a leg and put the mouse in its talons and then flew to a lower branch. Another brief stare at each other and then it was off. I can visualize this entire interaction 20 years later.
    • Patricia
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      trishfries
      D59EAC80-46DF-4812-95C1-A6C0847DAF2FA45923D7-31A2-4F14-891C-1C212F833302C321192E-3A9E-4EEC-BF1B-E849A46A0CFEA young family in our sugar maple in Aurora, NY
    • Maria Antonia
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      Marijara08
      I saw once a tropical screech owl (Megascops choliba) dead in the road. It loooked like he was hitten by a car a few hours ago. It was really sad... (Medellín, Colombia) WhatsApp Image 2020-12-09 at 10.37.36 AM
    • jeff
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      jeff_student
      The only owl I've ever seen in the wild was a snowy. Pretty cool for a first owl!
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