Here’s the owl!

I hope you found the owl in Stephen Barnard’s photo this morning. It wasn’t all that hard, I think. He’s circled it in the reveal below (click to enlarge):

What’s the species? Stephen reveals it below with a photo he’s taken of this individual:

I’ve attached another photo of the Great Horned Owl [Bubo virginianus] in a more typical pose. It’s worn away the bark on its favorite morning perch, so it can be spotted from a long distance by looking for that feature.

He added this:

This owl is really chill. I walked up from far away (using the “just looking for my keys” tactic) and it never even fully opened its eyes. They like to bask in the morning sun after a cold night hunting.


  1. rickflick
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I imagine the morning light is very bright for a night owl.

  2. Paul Matthews
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I can’t imagine a Great Horned Owl roosting out in the open during the day like that in my neck of the woods (Ottawa, Canada). It would be subjected to outraged vicious harassment by the nunerous crows here. So these owls stay well hidden during the day, which,sadly, makes them hard to find. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen one.

  3. Diane G
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I think he knows how well he blends in! 🙂

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