Owling in Trinidad & Tobago

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While preparing an article this week for a local newspaper on the nighttime denizens of Tobago, it crossed my mind that I never considered owls as a group, far less target species for any particular outing (except for a select few, upon which I shall expound here). involve owls.

The Oriental Scops Owl

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The Oriental Scops Owl is possibly my favorite of all bird species (though I may have said that about other species as well) – so, here’s a post with just some photos of this owl taken this autumn migration season.

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Another post about owls

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For those still reading on after this introduction, this is about Barn Owls I have seen in Germany in summer 2018 and winter 2019 – rural Northern Germany, to be more specific. The next time I saw a barn owl was in South Africa, at Kruger National Park in November 2018.

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Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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The last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. It all started in getting to photograph the Northern Pygmy-owls in Madera Canyon. Then a quick check up on the Ferruginous Pygmy-owls that are out in Alta Valley. The Great Horned Owls that live in the palm trees right above our RV have returned and brought with them a pair of fledglings. Here is a shot of that Northern Pygmy Owl, from Madera Canyon.

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Owls around Delhi

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Still, I contacted a local guide and shot for the moon: “Can you show me any owls”? The Brown Fish Owl is the most common of all Fish Owls. This D usky Eagle Owl is blind on one eye but still seems to be doing ok. Birding Delhi India owls

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How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

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The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

The 701 Long-eared Owl of Kikinda

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Have you heard of a small town in Serbia graced by the presence of its 700 communally roosting Long-eared Owls ? The world record 734 Long-eared Owls were counted here in December 2009, in the pines and spruces, lime, chestnut and nettle trees lining the central square by the orthodox church in Kikinda. The best decorated single tree had 145 owls in its crown. Rightfully, this town centre doubles as a nature reserve – an officially protected owl habitat.

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Season of the Owl

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October is a good month to see owls in Shanghai, where these birds are rare in most other months. Two species can be seen quite regularly – Northern Boobook and Oriental Scops Owl. In contrast, Oriental Scops Owls seem to often migrate in slightly larger groups of maybe 10 or so. For Oriental Scops Owl, at least two color morphs exist, a grey-brown one and a scarcer rufous one. Birding China Nanhui owls Shanghai

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Bird Litigation: Spotted Owl v. Barred Owl

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The Northern Spotted Owl is a “ threatened ” species under the U.S. Although most of the threats to the Spotted Owl relate to its dwindling old growth forest habitat, it also faces potential threats from another bird. The Barred Owl has greatly expanded its range, such that it is now common in the Pacific Northwest. Indeed, due to dramatic increase, Barred Owls can outnumber Spotted Owls in their shared habitats.

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Snowy Owl Invasion!

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Snowy Owl in Queens, New York, 1 December 2013. Snowy Owls have been sighted as far south as North Carolina and some locations have as many as seven! Here in New York State Snowy Owls have been reported in more than ten counties, with most of those counties having birds being seen in multiple locations. Snowy Owl in North Carolina by Nathan Swick. Even more impressive are the reports out of Newfoundland, where hundreds of Snowy Owls are being reported.

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Barred Owl

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What is it about Owls that casts such a spell over folk? A recent experience left me upside-down in a drift of pine needles as finding myself face-to-face with a Barred Owl was such a shock that I lost the power of standing. Owls were at the forefront of my mind, but then aren’t they always? I had just come from a Rat Snake in a tree and was prepared to allow just enough space in my hopes for another reptile, but thoughts of owls quickly crowded it out again.

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Great Horned Owls on camera!

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The family of Great Horned Owls featured on OwlCam.co It all started a few years back when the current owner purchased … Continue reading → The post Great Horned Owls on camera! is just hours away from welcoming new chicks! There are 3 eggs, and high hopes that all will hatch. appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. wildlife

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Cemetery Owls

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Last winter, a pair of Great Horned Owls took up residence in a spiny locust (?) Photographers would stand directly beneath the nest, causing the owls a bit of anxiety. Finally, cemetery management put yellow crime scene tape up around the nest tree, something they’d been reluctant to do for fear of alerting even more people to the owls’ presence. This owl just happened to be sitting very low and very close last week. Little wonder the owls chose it.

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Does Choco Screech-Owl Occur in Costa Rica?

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Screech-owls don’t actually screech. I suppose that sounds better than “tremulous”, “modulating”, or “little hooting” owls even if any of those names would be more accurate. So, does Choco Screech-Owl occur in southern Costa Rica?

School Burrowing Owls

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Broward County has one of the highest densities of Burrowing Owls in Florida. Not surprisingly, this brings Burrowing Owls into close contact with humans across the county. The Florida sub-species of Burrowing Owl is now classified as a threatened species in Florida and it is one of the rarest sub-species of Burrowing Owls. We have set up an incredibly popular live camera feed on a pair of these diminutive owls at a school in Broward County.

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Everyone loves owls: African edition

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Who doesn’t love a good owl? owls aren’t rare, but they are seldom easy. So imagine my delight to seeing a pair of African Scops-owls on the side of the road on a recent trip to Botswana. Owl number one is sleeping. Owl number two has opened its eyes a tiny bit, but the pair didn’t mind us as we watched them and were still roosting over the busy road several hours later as we went home. Birds Botswana owls

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Snowy Owl vs. Peregrine Falcon

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As we have already mentioned here on 10,000 Birds, Snowy Owls are in the middle of a pretty epic irruption , and they are facing all kinds of pressure, from people harassing them to crows and falcons taking exception to their presence. In this video, two Peregrine Falcons take turns dive-bombing the owl, which does not like the experience one bit. Peregrine Falcon dive-bombing a Snowy Owl by Tom Johnson. Snowy Owl defending itself by Tom Johnson.

“….an owl a day….”

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Towards the end of a beautiful day in Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, I was investigating some Blue Jay alarms and suddenly found myself face to face with an Eastern Screech Owl. I moved slowly back and kept up a soothing mumble to reassure the owl that I was not a threat, then found a shady spot from which to watch. After a short while, I left the owl in peace and soon after bumped into a young lady who was looking for owls. an owl a day.”

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Lovely Owls

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You might recognize one of the owls in the video below. VICE went to Italy to play, squeeze, hug, and cuddle some of the most adorable owls in the land! They are all very sweet. Luckily they made a video that we can share with you! cute animals cute video

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Snowy Owl Mania!

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As we might have already mentioned here on 10,000 Birds, this year is shaping up to be a historic year in terms of a Snowy Owl irruption. And because birders are often bloggers, the amount of material that has already been published regarding this invasion of big, white owls from the north is pretty impressive. So, what is going on with Snowy Owls in the birding blog world? Not all interactions between humans and Snowy Owls are bad. … Birds Blogging Snowy Owl

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Beach Battling Snowy Owls

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I didn’t see any alcids and I didn’t see any terribly interesting ducks but I did find some Snowy Owls. So I was amazed when I did walk up from the water and found not one but two Snowy Owls sitting in front of me, about thirty meters apart, in perfect sunlight. At first I tried to keep my digiscoping rig on the owl in flight but then I realized that I should focus on the owl it was heading for. The owl on the beach was totally bluffing.

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Snowy Owls Can Fly!

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As you can see in the picture above, all Snowy Owls do not just sit there like lumps of white awesomeness just waiting for a birder to come along and take their picture. Sometimes, if you are lucky, Snowy Owls fly! Well, I guess everyone knows that Snowy Owls fly – they certainly don’t walk from the Arctic. ” Rather than stop directly under the owl and flushing it we continued well past the owl, turned the car around, and got out to take some pictures.

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This game is for the birds, owl-bviously

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Ladies and gentlemen, I—and Steven Colbert—give you the Superb Owl. It’s about time that owls get their due, beyond just Hedwig from Harry Potter which is probably the main reason why the public gives a hoot about another Snowy Owl invasion. Also, special “get well soon” to Washington, DC’s Snowy Owl.). Yes, even though one of the teams competing in this year’s gridiron contest is the Seahawks , the real stars are owls. So just what makes an owl superb?

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Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral

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Cape Coral has a remarkable population of Burrowing Owls , cute little stilt-legged beasts we usually associate with the western part of the continent. These owls don’t live in a state park or any sort of protected area, they live in the neighborhoods, right next door to stucco middle-class Florida homes, going about their business in a landscape of manicured lawns and screened-in porches. But daytime owls always look miffed about something.

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Come@Me: Snowy Owls are Superior in Every Way to Great Gray Owls

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Owls are mystical beasts that are well loved by both birders and those who casually look at birds. There are many species that captivate those looking at them: Burrowing Owls , Barn Owls , a variety of fishing-owls, Stygian Owl , Elf Owl , the list goes on and on. Great Gray Owls and Snowy Owls are two that come up a great deal in these discussions but there is really only one that should be mentioned. Sigh… … Birds Come@me owl

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Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl–A Book Review

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Here are some of the questions that were running through my mind as I read Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl : (a) Is ornithological research always this dangerous? (b) because, if the film rights to this book have not been snapped up yet, Hollywood is making a huge mistake) (c) Will I ever see a Blakiston’s Fish Owl? The fish owl is Jonathan Slaght’s grail and also, more prosaically, his dissertation topic.

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Owls in the sunshine

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My colleagues or non-birding friends often express surprise if I tell them that I have found an owl during the day. My audience, obviously impressed, are astonished that an owl might be seen during the day, but I assure them that it is usually easier because at night, it gets too dark. But my condescension came back to bite me last week when I learned that not only are owls easier to see during the day, they seem to actually enjoy sitting in the sun!

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Owls at 70 MPH

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But I even surprised myself when I spotted two owls in a tree, on the passenger side of the road, doing nearly 70 MPH. They turned out to be juvenile Great Horned Owls , one of which was hiding on the nest until I showed up. We covered nearly 800 miles in two days, with a huge number of birds spotted… but I only stopped for one, Great horned Owls! Birding Great Horned Owl La Paz Mexico nesting birds Roadside birds

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Stygian Owl in Ecuador

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The Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) is very difficult to see but I can hear it regularly calling near my home inside the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Stygian Owl at Condor Park Visit Ecuador for great birds and support our conservation efforts. Birds Ecuador owls Stygian OwlThis bird is very secretive and every time that I try to get close to his roost he flies before I can see him. For now I can only get close enough to hear his calls!

I screamed: Ural Owl!

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managed to see it, his largest owl ever. How I managed to ID the Ural Owl so easily with such a short observation window, beats me. Cover photo: Ural Owl Strix uralensis by Serge Serebro / Wikimedia Commons. Ural Owl – Strix uralensis. Long-eared Owl – Asio otus. Birding 2018 Greece Serbia Ural Owl year listI screamed “UralOwlUralOwlUralOwl!!!”,

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Owls Come Alive!

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These adaptations for avoiding predators has allowed most species of owls to flourish in their own habitat albeit, with reclusive habits. Finding an owl excites the unexcitable and even the most seasoned birders. I can speak for myself and say that finding any owl makes me stop in my tracks. This time of year, in Colorado, offers exciting species like the Boreal Owl and the Northern Pygmy-Owl.

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Barking Owls in Broome

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We are lucky enough here in Broome to have a pair of Barking Owls that have chosen to roost in town. Over the years there have been Barking Owls observed in the Town Beach area and the Courthouse gardens and we have heard them “barking” at home as well. The first time we observed the pair of Barking Owls this year it was very dull and late in the day and they stared down at us from the top of a tall tree. Barking Owls. Barking Owls -puffed out throat!

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Jamaican Owls

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When our local driver asked me in Patois, an English-lexified creole language unique to Jamaica, if we would like to go and see Jamaican Owl , I had no idea what he was talking about. It was a good thing because our driver set off to Hotel MockingbirdHill on the stunning northeast coast of Jamaica, one of the easiest places to see Jamaican Owl. But I remember hearing the owl in my sleep. Birds caribbean features jamaica owls Worldwide Birding Adventures

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An Owl-Inspired Haiku

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Short-eared Owls are crepuscular hunters so if you want to see them you need to try either very early or very late in the day. … Inspiration haiku owls poetry Shawangunk Grasslands Short-eared Owl A pre-dawn visit to the Shawangunk Grasslands in Ulster County, New York, on Thanksgiving morning was well worth the long drive in the dark, especially as it was just a little bit out of my way en route to my folks’ house for Thanksgiving.

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Owls of Galapagos Islands

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The most common owls in the world are also in the Galapagos Islands and are considered subspecies that only occur in Galapagos, so one could almost say they are endemic subspecies. The Barn Owl subspecies is the Tyto alba punctatissima and can be found on Isabela, Santa Cruz, Fernandida, Santiago, San Cristobal, Pinta, and maybe also in Floreana. Destinations Barn Owl Galapagos Islands Short-eared Owl

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Crested Owl in Ecuador

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The Crested Owl lives in the lodge surroundings and can be found by its reverberating call which I first heard just outside my room. In our first sighting the owl was hiding in the thicket of a tall tree. Crested Owl in Tundaloma Lodge To avoid shocking the owl we did not use flash but instead we used a flashlight which provided just enough light for those with sensitive cameras. Very cooperative Crested Owl – NO FLASH!

Lakshmi’s Owl

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One of these names is Ulkavahini , the one who rides an owl. Lakshmi rides an owl as her Vahana (a spirititual being or animal that transports a God) and the Spotted Owlet has been chosen to represent the family. Among many similarities to their close relation, the Little Owl, Athene Noctua , they are also the owl most likely to be seen by day in this part of the world. Birds Birds in Religion owls

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Owls, the debait

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I have to say that pretty much every time that I see a great photo of an owl in flight, swooping down from a perch or low to the ground, in invariably think to myself “that was baited” I might be wrong, but I’m willing to bet that I am right far more often than I am wrong. I have a friend in Ontario, who has been excitedly searching for Great Gray Owls during this winter’s irruption. Today she found her owl. Birding ethics Great Gray Owl photography

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Watch Out for Drunken Owls

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You especially need to watch out for drunken owls driving cars. Or maybe you need to watch out for drunken humans who think they are owls driving cars ? Either way, claiming as your alibi that you are an owl in a tree after crashing your car while drunk and running into the woods to escape the police is probably not going to work. News owls

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Little Owl (Athena noctua)

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This post comes courtesy of Mrs Gannet who became rather taken with the Little Owl when we found him in Mote Park last month. There has been a Little Owl living in this hollow branch for at least 3 years as documented in Simon’s Mote Park Blog and it is assumed to be the same individual though I am not sure whether it is a she or a he. They have more recently been introduced to the South Island of New Zealand, where they are known as the German Owl.

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Barred Owl Love, Freakin Owlsome!

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We had scheduled one of our afternoons to go and look for Barred Owls in the Palm Bay area of Brevard County. But the suburbs, with their substantial stands of oak trees, are home to a healthy population of these beautiful owls. Barred Owls love old growth trees with good cover Richard Crossley Prior to this excursion I had read that studies have shown that populations of Barred Owls increase faster in suburban neighborhoods than in old growth forests.

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Great Gray Owl: Seeing the Ghost

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There are birds more prized by North American birders than the Great Gray Owl , but not many*. Like many cold-weather creatures, the Great Gray Owl can to some extent trade altitude for latitude. Though hardly common, Great Gray sightings are a yearly occurrence in Western Montana, and it is one of the twelve species of owl known to breed in the state. We made our way to the spot that the owl had, according to our guides, last been seen. The owl wasn’t there.

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