Barn Owl!

Yesterday was a beautiful, blue clear day.

After weeks of gray skies, I knew that I had to go to the Farmington Bay Wetlands to see what birds were there, now that we could actually see.

I was thrilled to find a couple of barn owls in flight, during the day.

I haven’t ever seen the owls there before now and am very pleased with the photos I got.

Milt came with me and we had a very pleasant trip to the bird refuge.

After the sun went down we went to Farmington Station which is a new development  including restaurants, stores, office space, an ice skating rink and a beautiful fountain with choreographed movements to music.

We ate at Zuppas which is one of our favorite  “diet” restaurants and had soup and salad.  Delicious!

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Here are a few details about the elusive barn owl:

Size & Shape

  • These medium-sized owls have long, rounded wings and short tails, which combine with a buoyant, loping flight to give them a distinctive flight style. The legs are long and the head is smoothly rounded, without ear tufts.
  • Color Pattern

    Barn Owls are pale overall with dark eyes. They have a mix of buff and gray on the head, back, and upperwings, and are white on the face, body, and underwings. When seen at night they can appear all white.

  • Behavior

    Barn Owls nest and roost in cavities, abandoned barns and other buildings, and dense trees. At night, Barn Owls hunt by flying low, back and forth over open habitats, searching for small rodents primarily by sound.

  • Habitat

    Barn Owls require large areas of open land over which to hunt. This can either be marsh, grasslands, or mixed agricultural fields. For nesting and roosting, they prefer quiet cavities, either in trees or man-made structures such as barns or silos.

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In this photo the owl has one of his talons raised above the snowbank.

This owl had a smaller body than the one pictured below.

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This owl was perched on a sign as we were driving out of the wetland area.

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I love this picture of the owl in flight.  He was very swift and had an elegant flight pattern.

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I’m really glad that we were able to witness a new bird that I haven’t photographed before.

I know we were very fortunate to get a photo because they are typically nocturnal.

We went about 4pm which is about an hour before it gets dark during the winter months.

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