Barred Owl in L’Amoreaux Park

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Photo by Ken Sproule

People are often disappointed that we don’t see more owls during our walks. On Friday, February 5, 2016 however, we were most fortunate in having a good and long look at a barred owl. I thank walk members Ian Valentine, Ken Sproule and Judy-Ann Cazemier for the photos:

Barred Owl L'Amoreaux Park

Barred Owl L’Amoreaux Park    Photo by Judy-Ann Cazemier

The barred owl is a relatively stocky, medium sized owl.

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Photo by Ian Valentine

The dark eyes are distinctive feature.

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Photo by Ian Valentine

It is somewhat pale in colour.

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Photo by Ian Valentine

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Photo by Ken Sproule

Another characteristic is the streaked belly.

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Photo by Ian Valentine

They can be found throughout most of eastern North America and in northern sections of western North America.

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Photo by Ian Valentine

Barred owls are uncommon and usually found in mature forests like the one at L’Amoreaux Park.

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Photo by Ian Valentine

In their mostly nocturnal hunts, they take small mammals.

Barred Owl Stretched Wing L'Amoreaux Park

Barred Owl Stretched Wing L’Amoreaux Park  Photo by Judy-Ann Cazemier

Barred Owl and Red-tailed Hawk L'Amoreaux Park

Barred Owl and Red-tailed Hawk L’Amoreaux Park  Photo by Judy-Ann Cazemier

A pair of crows and this red-tailed hawk were keeping an eye on the owl.

2 thoughts on “Barred Owl in L’Amoreaux Park

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