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Barred Owl

Barred Owl in Harpswell (2007)

Barred Owl in Harpswell (2007)

One of about a dozen species of owls in Maine, the Barred Owl is relatively large at 20 inches. It moves about at night to feed on small animals such a rodents, frogs and birds.  This owl has also been found to take fish from a lake.

Though usually hidden in dark reaches of swampy thickets during the day, an extremely heavy snowstorm on New Year’s Eve of 2007 drove at least one to perch in a tree during daylight. It may have been looking for food that became scarce because of the storm.

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One Response to Barred Owl

  1. Laura Gay says:

    This owl has been outside our house near bird feeders two days in a row. It seems very comfortable around our dogs? I even approached it pretty close to get a picture of it and it did not move at all, just starred at me. Beautiful bird!

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