Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Barred Owl in daytime

This past December one sunny morning, I looked out and this beautiful Barred Owl was perched on the roof of bird feeder station. It kept looking down at the ground and after quite a spell out popped a red squirrel.

This was one brave squirrel because it darted out across the field and the owl took after it.

They made a circle around our oak tree as the squirrel headed for our rock wall. For a moment I thought the owl had run right into the tree trunk, but it turned and was right behind the squirrel as it darted into the wall for cover.


Yes, the squirrel made it to cover and I thought one lucky red squirrel! The owl then landed on our deck post and watched the area for another fifteen minutes or so and then flew over to some trees not far.

I was able to walk right up under this tree and get some more photos of this beautiful bird. I was still in shock of seeing it in the daylight and up so close.

The owl stayed perched on this limb for the rest of the morning. Sometimes it would be looking around and other times appeared to be asleep!

In the early afternoon, I took our German Shorthaired Pointer out for some exercise and the Owl was still perched in the tree. Ruger, our GSP, ran under the tree checking for squirrels as he usually does and the Owl didn't seem to be alarmed by his presence. About an hour later I glanced over to the tree and our beautiful visitor was gone.

Enjoy :) Coppertop

11 comments:

  1. Awesome pictures!! I just saw a barred owl outside my home too today, in the daytime just like your owl. I am from Maine as well. My pictures are not anywhere near as clear as yours though! :)

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  2. Beautiful! Godsblessings!

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  3. Awesome pictures. We just had one in our backyard last night on the ground! Saw us, flew up on a pine tree branch then took flight away towards the wooded area. The wingspan had to be at least 3 feet! I was in awe and then it struck me - which prey was it after?? Squirrels raiding our birdfeeders or our small dog! Help!

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  4. They are awesome! BUT if you have a small dog you certainly want to keep an eye on it when outdoors. We had a Harrier Hawk fly down close and check out our Lhasa Apso back when we first moved here and the hawk is certainly smaller than the Barred Owl!

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  5. Thanks Coppertop! Funny you mention the Hawk, our son saw what we believe to be a Northern Goshawk perched on one of our tables just 2 weeks ago. Now we'll really have to be careful with our Lhasa Apso mix. I wonder what we can use to keep them away- some sort of decoy. I've read that the Great Horned Owl will prey on the Barred Owl but what about the Hawk I wonder?

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  6. We only had that one incident that we are aware of and the hawk must of decided the dog was too big but I would keep an eye out for your little friend just the same especially if you live in wooded area, birds in the sky are not the only predators. We do so enjoy watching the wildlife so keeping them away has not been an issue for us. I should add - In the 12 years we have lived here this sighting (Dec 2007) was the only time we saw a Barred Owl during daylight hours.

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  7. Thanks Coppertop..don't take us wrong-we do enjoy wildlife will keep enjoying it while keeping a close eye out. My better-half actually saw a white-tailed deer just today-until our little friend scared it away that is. Well I'm guessing that the return of the smaller birds to our feeders & of course the squirrels will let us know if its a bit safer for our dog! Thanks for your feedback-very helpful!

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  8. I understand. :) It is amazing what wildlife wander into our yards. BTW deer like sunflower seeds also! Take care now, enjoy those critters and do stop by anytime.

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  9. My husband spotted a Barr owl today in our yard. Absolutely beautiful. When he flew away we were in amazement of the wing span. We have lots of feeders and birds of all kinds. The occasional deer will stop by for a snack. We also have Maltese ... We've heard how they may attack them. They love to run in our yard. Now we have to worry for them... Your stories are interesting. Thank you. We live on the coast of Maine. Rachel Carson property all around us.

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  10. Thank you, Evelyn for stopping by. Sounds like you live in a wonderful area where you have the opportunity to see a wide variety of birds/wildlife. This story was posted in 2008, we have not noticed a Barred Owl since, but that certainly does not mean they are not around. They are such a beautiful bird and yes it is amazing their wing span. Enjoy those birds/wildlife and do stop by anytime.

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