|Barn Owl at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Tucson, Arizona|
This week’s challenge was to learn more about our local owls: Owl Study. In past owl studies we focused on the Great Horned Owl, the Western Screech Owl, and the Spotted Owl. This time we decided to learn more about the Barn Owl.
We started off listening to the sounds of the Barn Owl and I have to admit if I ever heard this sound at night I would be terrified. It is such a scary sound and not at all one I want to hear too often. It sounds more like a scream than a bird sound. This owl does not make the typical hooting sound we have come to associate with owls of all kinds.
Here is the link: Barn Owl Sounds.
We read the information on the All About Birds website which includes this interesting information on where you might see a Barn Owl:
“Many people’s first sighting of a Barn Owl is while driving through open country at night—a flash of pale wings in the headlights is usually this species. Barn Owls also often live up to their name, inhabiting barns and other old, abandoned buildings, so keep an eye out for them there. Barn Owls don’t hoot the way most other owls do; you can listen for their harsh screeches at night.”
We finished up with a notebook page for our nature journal. It is all in preparation for the time in the future when we may see or possibly hear this bird. You may want to do your own research on the Barn Owl…it is the most widely distributed owl worldwide (see map at the bottom of this website: Common Barn Owl).
Here is what the Peterson Field Guide says about the Barn Owl:
“A long-legged, knock-kneed, pale, monkey-faced owl. White heart-shaped face and dark eyes, no ear tufts. Distinguished in flight as an owl by the large head and mothlike flight..”
I may just have to put that in my nature journal. 🙂
Have you started your owl study yet?
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2 thoughts on “Barn Owl Study – Using All About Birds”
I love owls. Hands-down my favorite animal, but I’m with you on the terrifying screech of the Barn Owl. Yikes! Thanks for all the great resources.
Wonderful post, thank you for the links and info.
Uh oh, I played the Barn Owl recording and scared my bunny. She’s hiding out in her cardboard house thinking there’s a predator in the room now. Sorry Linny, that was thoughtless of me! I’ll have to bust out the headphones. 🙂