Posted by: Anne Murray | January 20, 2012

A Barred Owl is visiting our garden

Snowy Owls are not the only owls that are active and visible around the Fraser delta right now. A few Short-eared Owls are in the saltmarsh and neighbouring fields and can be seen flying during daylight hours. Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls live in wooded areas and can sometimes be seen sitting quietly in conifers. The raucous calls of crows frequently call attention to these owls, if they stray from their usual locations. This winter, we have had both species in our garden. The Barred Owl is quite bold and has occasionally been seen chasing squirrels during the day.

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  1. I heard several barred owls this morning. We live on acreage in Silverdale, near Mission, B.C. After listening to the various calls online it sounded like a mating call. We have lived here for 20 years and I’ve never heard them before. They were very loud, in fact I first heard them from inside the house.
    We have wet lands, forest and a large barn, to make them feel at home.


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