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Discussion in 'Pets and Wildlife' started by Pook, Jun 24, 2010.
Have spooked this owl and or its partner 3 times in 3 days...
Looks like a juvenile to me. Maybe you're seeing a couple fledglings. Unless you're familiar with which species are in your area, it might be difficult to get an ID from a bird that's not in mature plumage.
There are screech owls, great horned ones and long eared here, but they all have ear tufts. There are also Northern pygmy owls (too small to be this) with no tufts and burrowing owls... Maybe they'll stick around in that location and I can watch them mature. I've been hiking that trail for the last month or so and this week was the first time I saw them.
Pook, I believe it is an immature great horned owl. You can see the beginning of the ear tufts. Here is a link with a similar photo.
I once saw a fight between a mature great horned owl and a golden eagle. The owl kicked the eagle's butt. They are tough birds.
It's beautiful, whatever it is! I hope you get to watch them grow up.
Kelly, I think you may have it! Thanks!
How about a " HOOTY " owl.
This morning there were 3 owls... one being the parent!
I love owls. I have a few Screech owls where I live
those birds are soooo beautiful, but I thought owl's are nocturnal ?
Cooooool! Great pictures. Lucky you!!
Could it be a Barn Owl? The parent doesn't look big enough for a Great Horned in the
Thats definatly a great horned.
Pook, I am so freaking insanely jealous....I thought it was bad when you posted the bobcat!
i vote Great Horned - Barn Owls are smaller and skinnier and lighter. that adult is pretty big . Cool pics Pook