The sad savage beauty of the Barred Owl

Barred Owls, Strix varia, are fairly common here, but since I am diurnal I rarely see them. I have a camera trap on my big hickory tree, and one came several nights in a row, probably hoping to catch one of the flying squirrels that live in my tree. Here he or she is:

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The wings are barred, but the name actually comes from the vertical bars on the chest, which will see in some later photos.

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One night, I got a movie:

 

Occasionally they can be seen in the daytime.  This one perched on a pine tree next to my son’s house near Boston a couple of years ago. It is the only American owl with brown (as opposed to yellow) eyes.

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They hunt in wooded areas, and if a road runs through woodland they are sometimes hit by cars.  Sadly, we found this one last week on a small lane overhung by trees near the lake.

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It had no apparent injuries , but when we moved it off the road it was clear its neck was broken.

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It had fully feathered legs, and the most fearsome talons and rough leathery feet to help it grip.:

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Such savage beauty, like all raptors.

PS Don’t confuse the Barred Owl with the Barn Owl! The US Barred Owl weighs from 0.5Kg – 1Kg. By comparison, the UK Barn owl, Tyto alba, is smaller, weighing 0.2 – 0.7Kg, and of course much whiter!

 

 

One thought on “The sad savage beauty of the Barred Owl”

  1. brilliant.

    George

    On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 2:33 PM, Eyes on the Wild wrote:

    > myip2014 posted: “Barred Owls, Strix varia, are fairly common here, but > since I am diurnal I rarely see them. I have a camera trap on my big > hickory tree, and one came several nights in a row, probably hoping to > catch one of the flying squirrels that live in my tree. Here ” >

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