Saturday, May 30, 2015

Strigiformes (Owls)

In an earlier list I stated that birds are not amongst my most favorite of animals. But, if there were one family that would rise above all the rest and possibly even earn a spot on a hypothetical top 100, it would be the owls. They are the silent, smooth operating night hunters. And, in my childhood dreams of taking up falconry, I definitely would have liked an owl. As a matter of fact, the guy who came to our school when I was in 3rd or 4th grade who inspired my dream, had a little owl that he had found and raised. And, a couple weeks ago I got to see another falconer showing off his Great Grey that solidified that bird at the top of this list:

8. Speotyto (or Athene) cunicularia Burrowing Owl 

7. Psiloscops flammeolus Flammulated Owl 

6. Nyctea scandiacus (Probably now Bubo) Snowy Owl 

5. Bubo virginianus Great Horned Owl 

4. Tyto alba Barn Owl 

3. Strix varia Barred Owl 

2. Strix occidentalis Spotted Owl 

1. Strix nebulosa Great Grey Owl (Also pictured at the top.)

(All photos are from Wikipedia and the amazing photographers there.)

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