• Misty
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      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
      • That is a wonderful photo! I have birded in Arizona but have only seen Great Horned Owls.
    • 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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      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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      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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      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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      Hello I have a Great Horned owl in my backyard, I love birds they are wonderful.
    • Paul
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      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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      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.
    • 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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        You took an amazing picture. Thanks for sharing.
    • Don
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      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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      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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      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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      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!