One in a series called Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather. (This latest one is an updated version of a post originally posted in 2013.)
This week’s featured bird is the owl.
We live on the edge of 12,000 acres of undeveloped watershed property, and there are a lot of owls in the woods. We can hear them calling to each other on warm summer nights and winter afternoons, and if we are lucky, actually catch a glimpse of one once in a while.
This barred owl was a regular visitor a couple of years ago, and would perch above the bird feeders and observe the activity below. I never saw it chase any birds, but did watch a fascinating chase of a red squirrel through the woods. I think the squirrel manged to escape!
Owl Facts From Wikipedia:
“Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces, and are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.
Most owls share an innate ability to fly almost silently and also more slowly in comparison to other birds of prey. Most owls live a mainly nocturnal lifestyle and being able to fly without making any noise gives them a strong advantage over their prey that are listening for any sign of noise in the dark night.”
Owl fabric creations from Bags of a Feather:
Owls of Wonder zipper pouch