Barred Owl - Strix varia

MotherNature

Green Lane, United States

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The title comes from the description of the Barred Owl’s call – a distinctive and rather loud voice. We have a pair nesting in our woods and hear them calling. This is one of the pair, and it came at dusk and sat in a tree outside our living room window. It watched every move I made as I got my camera and walked up to the side window. I poked the camera around the frame, found the owl in the display and shot a few pictures as well as I could with bad light, taking them through the window, and being in a hurtful position and trying to be still. I hope to get better pics as time goes on and if it visits us again, but for now this is it. All you guys who take such glorious bird pictures, I envy you.

The call of these owls is described as sounding like “Who Cooks For You – Who Cooks For You All”.

Barred Owls are native to North America and like to live in wooded areas, although suburbia is seeing more and more of them. They nest in the hollows of trees or in the crook of branches. The nesting hollows are often created by Pileated woodpeckers, and the owls are known to use nests of some hawks and even squirrel.

They eat mostly small mammals although occasionally they take another bird and have even been observed wading into water to catch fish and crayfish, even snakes. They are opportunistic feeders.

This picture was taken May 6, 2012, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA.

I speak from personal experience – these are beautiful and impressive birds! Read more about them at:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/id

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_Owl

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