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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