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What owl is this??

Discussion in 'Pets and Wildlife' started by Pook, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Pook

    Pook Disneyed

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    Have spooked this owl and or its partner 3 times in 3 days...
    owl close up.jpg
     
  2. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    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.
     
  3. Pook

    Pook Disneyed

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    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.
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    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.
    http://www.iwrc-online.org/kids/Facts/Birds/ghow2.htm
    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.
     
  5. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    It's beautiful, whatever it is! I hope you get to watch them grow up.
     
  6. Pook

    Pook Disneyed

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    Kelly, I think you may have it! Thanks!
     
  7. Roy

    Roy Member

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    How about a " HOOTY " owl.
     
  8. Pook

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    This morning there were 3 owls... one being the parent!
    owl parent2.jpg owl parent profile.jpg owl fledgling.jpg
     
  9. deweychop

    deweychop Almost house broken

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    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
    I love owls. I have a few Screech owls where I live
     
  10. Kitty

    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    those birds are soooo beautiful, but I thought owl's are nocturnal ?
     
  11. Posey

    Posey New Member

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    Cooooool! Great pictures. Lucky you!!
     
  12. abaxter

    abaxter New Member

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    Could it be a Barn Owl? The parent doesn't look big enough for a Great Horned in the
    photo.
     
  13. Home Grown

    Home Grown Hakuna Matata

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    Thats definatly a great horned. :cool:
    Pook, I am so freaking insanely jealous....I thought it was bad when you posted the bobcat!
     
  14. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    i vote Great Horned - Barn Owls are smaller and skinnier and lighter. that adult is pretty big . Cool pics Pook