• Debra
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      Have seen a couple of Horned Owls from afar really early one morning a while back. Have heard owls mostly when hiking through the woods or at night. I do currently volunteer at a State Park that has an aviary of various owls, falcons and hawks. These are raptors that have been injured and can no longer be free. They are well cared for and are taken to various outreach educational events. I get to clean their mews, feed and water them. We have a barred owl, 2 great horned owls, barn owl, and an eastern screech owl. They are so beautiful I love being up close to them. They have the most gorgeous expressive faces and I am honored to be able to care for them.
    • Liana
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      My husband and I saw a Barred Owl in Red Rocks Park, in Burlington Vermont a couple of weeks ago. We were out walking in the late afternoon in the woods. It flew onto a tree branch near the canopy top and stared at us for awhile. He seemed to be saying “who are you looking at”? We were surprised to see it in broad daylight. What a treat!
    • barred O 11-13-22 IMG_7230 Yesterday (11/14)this Barred Owl stayed in my yard all day! A group of crows harassed him/her, jays screamed, even a Cooper's Hawk showed up, but he seemed unimpressed. After he had been there for some time, Am. Goldfinches, House Finches, and Eurasian Tree Sparrows returned. St. Louis Co. MO
    • Michele
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      I started birding this year, in Maryland. My two goals were to see a Baltimore Oriole and an owl. I saw a barred owl while on a guided birdwalk at a local park in October! My new goal is to try and see one on my own - hoping this course will help!
    • I was at a bird sanctuary near St Louis and got to see a demonstration with a barn owl.  It was a gorgeous bird and I was able to get some really nice photos.  The sanctuary had a wonderful variety of birds, but the barn owl was my favorite. At home I often hear the great horned owls, but haven’t gotten to see one.
    • Carol
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      This incident did not happen to me, but was recently reported in our local media. A homeowner in an upscale suburb of Victoria B.C. called police around 4 a.m. to report an intruder in their home.  When the police arrived, they located the suspect, a Barred Owl, perched on a couch.  After some coaxing, the "suspect" exited without further incident, through open patio doors. Although Barred Owls are a recent arrival to southwestern B.C. (around 1970), they are now a common resident in the area.  I have often seen them perched in trees during daylight hours, although they are mostly nocturnal.
    • zoe
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      a few years back I was lucky to see a barred owl that was hanging out in central park in new york city which definitely awakened my love for the birds. I've also encountered a few great horned owls around california, this August I woke up to a GHO hoo-ing in pebble beach and saw one perched outside my apartment in los angeles that same night! it felt like it was following me down the coast :-)
    • Brian
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      Hi! I have seen Barn Owls, Short Eared Owls, Burrowing Owls, Great Horned Owls, Spotted Owls, Screech Owls and Snowy Owl. I have heard Barred Owls, and Flammulated Owls. These sightings were in  California, Oregon, Washington, and Utah.
    • Laura
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      Barn owl in Illinois Will County
    • Lechuzoologo
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      Luckily I've seen 8 species of owls so far (9 if you consider Magellanic Horned Owl separate from Great Horned Owl), and I would like to share one of my favourite pics I've taken. This is a Magellanic Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus magellanicus), from the Strobel Lake plateau in Patagonia, Argentina. It was a family of three individuals that lived in a lagoon that we visited to make a census of aquatic birds. There's no doubt that this was the most incredible thing we spotted!El tucu volador
    • Dave
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      Yes.  I have seen and/or heard:  Great Horned Owls, Great Gray Owl,  Barn Owls, Western & Eastern Screech Owls, Spotted Owl, Barred Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Flammulated Owl and Burrowing Owls, all in the wild.  I have seen other owls in captivity only.  I did see a Sparx Owl, a hybrid between a Spotted Owl and a Barred Owl that was in captivity at Humboldt State University. I hear Great Horned Owls pretty frequently, and sometimes (some years) I have heard Western Screech Owls pretty frequently.  I usually hear a Barn Owl a couple times per year. I have built bird boxes for Western Screech Owls and Flammulated Owls.  I have had Screech Owls use several of my boxes and also nest in my attic. I helped relocate a Spotted Owl and reband it.  My grandkids got to select the bands, and handle the owl.  I have also held out a stick with a mouse on it for a Spotted Owl to come down and take it for food!
      • Laura
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        I cannot beleive you saw a Sparx Owl, that must have been so cool
    • Kai
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      In Thailand I have seen the Asian Barred Owlet, sitting exposed on a bare branch in daylight.  I have also seen a Brown Boobook during a night ‘safari’. It was sitting on a wire that spanned across the path we were taking.
      • Laura
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        I am surprised that you were able to see the Asian Barred Owlet in the daylight that must have been a rare and exciting find for you and to see a brown boobook as well
    • I had the good fortune of working in the Canadian High Arctic doing archaeological research on Ellesmere Island for several field seasons. Snowy owls often nested in the area, so we saw them fairly often over the years. They are magnificent!
    • Catherine
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      I saw a nest of baby owls in a barrel floating on the Choptank River in Trappe, Maryland. I don’t know what kind of owl they were, there were about six of them, they were about 8 inches tall and they looked 1,000 years old.
    • Alicia
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      I was fortunate enough to see snowy owls near Churchill Manitoba while out on the tundra doing climate change research. They were much larger than I expected. They were gorgeous while in flight. I also spotted two Cuban pygmy owls while in Cuba. This was exciting because they are found nowhere else on Earth!
    • Deborah
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      I live in Seattle where barred owls are common.  I've had them in my yard!  We also are lucky enough to get snowy owls from time to time.
    • CeramicOwl
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      I've unfortunately never seen a wild owl. But, I have seen some kept as ambassadors and as rescues at my local animal sanctuaries. Those were mainly Barred, Great Horned, and Barn owls. One December I did hear some Great Horneds hooting a ways off which has been the closest I've ever (knowingly) gotten to a wild owl. While the captive birds were just as lovely, there's something breathtaking about seeing a more mysterious/rare animal out in nature.
    • Michael
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      I caught this Northern Saw-whet owl casting out a pellet before consuming the Deer mouse that was safely stored underfoot. .Saw-Whet_Pellet 665
      • Laura
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        Michael that is an amzing picture
      • Joann
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        Wow - that photo is amazing!
    • Sharon
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      Pygmy I have been very fortunate to have a photo buddy and we go out regularly to search for owls.  We have seen many but my dearest experience is being able to photograph the Northern Pygmy Owl.  This is my second Pygmy that I have been fortunate enough to capture with my camera.  Living on Vancouver Island allows me to see many different species of owls.  They are very special indeed!
    • Loretta
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      owl1owl2owl3 I have always loved owls. Owls are my favorite Bird of Prey. One day I hope to be an ambassador for Birds of Prey. In 5th grade we had to do a science project where we had to dissect their feces to see what they had eaten. Mine was a mouse. After cleaning the droppings, we got to glue the bones to a piece of paper. It was the coolest science experiment I have ever done. To this day if I am in the woods, I search for droppings hoping to one day be able to do my own experiment. Besides the owls in the photos from the Renaissance Festival in Hammond, LA, I see them every so often where I live. In fact, about 2 years ago my friend, myself, and her dog were sitting outside one night when an owl actually flew down right in front of us trying to pick her dog up. Fortunately, the owl landed next to the dog missing it's target.
    • Marcos
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      Si soy Uruguayo y en persona y libres conozco a tres tipos; Athene cunicularia, Bubo virginianus y Megascop choliba. Screenshot_20210805-112704-01-01
    • Bonnie
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      A pair of barred owls has been nesting in a hollow oak tree just about 15 feet behind my back yard deck. This is the fifth year, and I'm observing them now. They've had from two to four chicks each year; this is one of the chicks from the first year we saw them, 2017. The pair comes back to the hollow in January and stays until Easter, by which time the chicks have all branched in our trees and then flown off into the forest behind my fence. I have photos, a security camera, and a lot of short iPhone videos of them, including videos of the chicks climbing trees after they have fallen or coasted to the ground. They feel like family to me. IMG_0344
    • Telmo
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      1D9A3390-2-webI've moved from the city to the country side. Last two years I had this little fellow as a neighbour, by the sound and the sightings I can imagine it was living really close to my house, about 100 meters or so. One evening I actually saw it matting. This year I am sighting and listening it less regularly around the house. Maybe they moved further "down the road". There is a nearby footpath with a mini oak and cork tree forest and in the evening you can listen and understand that there are many tiny owls more around.
    • Lois
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      • Lois
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        I heard the owl above from inside the house with the doors and windows closed (about a month ago - end of January).  Was here last year too. We live in the Hudson Valley, (New York) near the Wallkill River.  Both times it was hooting in the daytime - middle of the day. Picture is with cell phone - the owl was way high up in the tree and that's the best I could do.  I thought it was a Great Horned Owl because it looks like it has ear tufts but now not so sure. Maybe a Barred Owl?
      • Carol
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        @Lois Definitely looks like a barred owl but the type of hooting would give it away as the Great Horned owl`s hooting is very different from the Barred owl.

    • PAMELA
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      We hear Barred Owls near our home in rural Maine throughout the year, but are still hoping to catch a look at them.