• Barn Owl

    Common NameBarn Owl
    Scientific NameTyto Alba
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation08/16/2016
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameMorgan Quimby
    Mailing Address12 Rabbit Run
    Underhill, Vermont 05489
    United States
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    Date Completed01/15/2018
    Latitude of Observation44 38'18" N
    Longitude of Observation72 55'51" W
    Place NameVT Route 104
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day07:15 AM
    Length of Time ObservedTwo minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)Approximately 40 feet
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)Approximately 30 feet
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Chilly, rainy fall morning. Overcast and misting rain.

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Used a Canon Rebel t3i camera with a 55-250mm lens. Did not have binoculars with me at the time but luckily I had my camera and zoom lens!

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Barn Owls are my favorite type of Owl, and favorite type of Bird of Prey, but I had never seen a wild one in person before!

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Since I was just driving along when I spotted the owl, I wasnt there observing other species or the surrounding area very closely. Since it was early and a cold drizzly morning, I didn't hear much or see much other bird activity other than the Barn Owl. The tree is located right next to the road and behind the tree are corn fields and woods behind that. After watching the owl for a couple minutes, he/she silently took off over the corn field and towards the woods.

    Behaviors Observed

    Watched me for several minutes, and did not seem stressed and scared of my presence. After a few minutes he/she slowly and silently took off from the branch and glided over the corn field so gracefully. Seemed very healthy, albeit a little wet from the rain!

    Description of Vocalizations

    Unfortunately I did not hear any vocalizations.

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    As I said above, I observed a Barn Owl in a tree next to the road. He seemed a bit hunkered down due to the rain and chilly morning, but was very calm and not nervous in my presence. Since I was on my way to a friends house, I didn't have my field journal with me so I do not have any real notes. I was more focused on getting a couple shots of him/her since I am a photographer and knew this was a special encounter.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Size of a Barn Owl, I would say this one was about thirteen inches tall if I had to make a rough guess.


    Distinct heart shaped dish face of Barn Owl. Not sure if it was the time of day or that is was raining, but he seemed darker in color than some Barn Owls I've seen in pictures, videos, zoos, rehabilitation centers, etc.

    Feet & Bill

    Normal light tan hooked beak, and long skinny tan legs.

    Upper Back

    Dark browns and light browns

    Lower Back & Rump

    Dark browns and light browns


    Distinct Barn Owl colorations, perhaps a bit on the dark side.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Distinct Barn Owl colorations, perhaps a bit on the dark side.


    Distinct Barn Owl colorations, perhaps a bit on the dark side.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    I did not have to rule out any other species as I was 100% this was a Barn Owl, due to where I was located and the colorations and structure of the bird and its overall appearance and build.

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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