owl identification

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by canesisters, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know of a web site that could help me identify an owl?
    I got a glimpse of one the other night. I was putting some hay in the run for the girls to find the next morning and heard something hit the ground near by. By the time I got a flashlight, there was nothing to see. I looked up in the trees and saw an owl. I only got a quick look but he was grey, about the size of my 2 fists together, no ear tufts that I noticed. He blinked at me and flew off, I lost him in the trees.
    I assume the thump I heard was him catching (or trying to catch something) in the woods. He's smaller than my chickens so I'm not concerned about their safety - unless he's actually very young and still growing.
     
  2. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    at the zoo usually
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  3. kellanv

    kellanv Out Of The Brooder

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    Could also be a barn owl. No ear tufts tho they are usually brown.
     
  4. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    could be a Gray morph with the tufts lowered
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Saw-whet owl. Little guy lacking eartuffs but only size of one of my fist.
     
  6. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sooo.... should I be concerned??
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    No
     
  8. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may have to go back one photo from the link. :rolleyes:
     
  10. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOVE that barred owl pic! I have similar ones of them in the winter, sitting on my fence posts. I think when the snow is deep and game is scarce they will hunt during the day as well.
     

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