Another mission that is ongoing is the hunt for the great Elf Owl. This year has been primarily a year of the Great Horned Owl. So while I search for this little bird in the wild, I thought I'd review what I've seen so far. Education is the best! The above pictures were taken in Wisconsin at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Granted I don't count these shots as part of my birding list, but I did do some research on them for future searches. The Snowy Owl isn't found in Arizona nor is the Barred Owl.
But out in the wild jungle of our deserts, I did get shots of the Great Horned Owl. This year was full of them!!! And I took the opportunity to film them.
It started with my first thrilling search at night inside a wash at Tanque Verde. Then it all went downhill from there. Owls nesting at my school, in trees, and the Great Horned Owl became an instant favorite:)
And while on my hunt for owls, I discovered the Western Screech Owl near Patagonia. I have to admit that these are a bit tricky for me to spot. Note how they blend in with their surroundings!:)
|Western screech owl-sadly this owl was eaten by a hungry Cooper's Hawk in the winter of 2015|
On a fun day trip to the Renaissance Festival in Florence, I was exposed to the Eagle Owl only found in Europe. The relative of our own Great Horned Owl was MASSIVE and I wouldn't want to be on its bad side:)
The grace, curiousity, and beauty of this Barn Owl flew into view at the Buenos Aires Wildlife Park. It was really a treat to see this gorgeous owl near....the barns:) It flew near me watching me hike.
And then there is this Short Eared owl from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Apparently they are here in Arizona. So I'll be keeping my eyes open for not only the Elf, but for the Short Eared, Burrowing, and Flammulated Owls. If a troll shows up, I'm outta there.....:)
|As of August, 2015, I have not seen this owl in the wild.|