Daytime Barred Owl [video]
This evening I went on a dusk birding trip for some Short-eared Owls within our county (with my birdclub friend Mike D.). This has been a fun project that we have been doing for many years and are never successful in finding any owls (of course). We went a little early this time to look for waterfowl (scouting for tomorrows trip) and came across this bird. We discussed this large bird we found and trying to decide if it was a Red-tailed Hawk or Rough-legged Hawk (something didn’t look right). We moved my truck for a better angle, pulled the spotting scope out and noticed this bird had dark eyes. Could this have been a Short-eared Owl?? Naaa just a Barred Owl!! Wait . . . it wasn’t even dusk yet??
Sorry about video quality but it was raining hard (noise you hear) and captured the video clip through my spotting scope (reason for being so unsteady). It was a very exciting watching this bird in such an unusual location (farmer’s field), searching for food (during daylight hours) and being as active as it was. After returning home, I remembered reading in the “Life Histories of North American Birds, by A.C. Bent” that Barred Owl’s can be active during daylight hours and can be regularly heard vocalizing during the daytime. I believe he said something about “at times they are more diurnal than nocturnal” (but don’t quote me on that)!! I tried looking for my copy to quote exactly what he said . . . . but my book has seemed to have disappeared (now I need to remember who I let barrow the book)! I guess our find wasn’t as unusual of a find as first expected but it sure was fun to watch.
If you are wondering . . . this was our only owl that we found!!
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