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=== Eastern Screech Owl ===
 
=== Eastern Screech Owl ===
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Small, stocky owl with large head and no neck. Pointed ear tufts are often raised. Varies in color from gray to bright rufous (reddish-brown). Intricate pattern is perfect for camouflage against tree bark. Yellow eyes. Active at night when they prey on small birds and mammals. More often heard than seen; listen for its descending whinny and longer trill. Roosts and nests in cavities, including nest boxes. Found in a variety of habitats with trees, particularly near water.
  
  
[[File:Snowyowl.jpg|200px|thumb|center|Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) - © Ken Czworka]]
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[[File:screech1.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Screech Owl (Otus asio) - © Ken Czworka]]
[[File:Snowyowl.jpg|200px|thumb|center|Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) - © Ken Czworka]]
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[[File:screech2.jpg|200px|thumb|center|Screech Owl (Otus asio) - © Ken Czworka]]
  
 
=== Great Horned Owl ===
 
=== Great Horned Owl ===
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=== Barred Owl ===
 
=== Barred Owl ===
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[[File:Snowyowl.jpg|200px|thumb|center|Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) - © Ken Czworka]]
  
 
=== Long-Eared Owl ===
 
=== Long-Eared Owl ===

Revision as of 12:59, 15 February 2020

BIRDS



Birds of Prey
EaglesFalconsHawksOspreyOwls


Waterfowl
DucksGeeseSwans


Edge-Water Birds
BitternsCranesEgretsHerons


Galliforms
GrousePheasantsTurkeys


Corvids
CrowsJays


Other Birds
BlackbirdsCardinalsChickadeesCormorantsCreepersCuckoosDovesFinchesGrebesGrosbeaksGullsHummingbirdsKingfisherKingletsLarksLoonsNight JarsNuthatchesOriolesPhalaropesPigeonsPipitsPloversRailsSandpipersShrikeSparrowsStarlingsSwiftsSwallowsTernsTanagersThrashersThrushesTitmiceTowheesTyrant FlycatchersWarblersWaxwingsWoodpeckersWrensVireoVultures

Owls, like Eagles, Falcons, Osprey, and Hawks, are birds of prey.


Barn Owls

Barn Owl

(Tyto alba)

Typical Owls

Eastern Screech Owl

(Otus asio)
Small, stocky owl with large head and no neck. Pointed ear tufts are often raised. Varies in color from gray to bright rufous (reddish-brown). Intricate pattern is perfect for camouflage against tree bark. Yellow eyes. Active at night when they prey on small birds and mammals. More often heard than seen; listen for its descending whinny and longer trill. Roosts and nests in cavities, including nest boxes. Found in a variety of habitats with trees, particularly near water.


Screech Owl (Otus asio) - © Ken Czworka
Screech Owl (Otus asio) - © Ken Czworka

Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus)

Snowy Owl

(Nyctea scandiaca)

The Snowy Owl can be found in Western New York during the winter months from late November through March.
They can be found along the Buffalo Waterfront, large, somewhat flat fields and even small airports in WNY.
Beautiful owl. Completely white with variable amount of black markings. In general, old males are the whitest, while immature females have the most dark markings. Favors lakeshores and coastal areas with fields, marshes, piers, and sand dunes in winter. Breeds on arctic tundra and irrupts south in numbers only some winters.


Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) - © Ken Czworka

Barred Owl

(Strix varia)


Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) - © Ken Czworka

Long-Eared Owl

(Asio otus)

Short-Eared Owl

(Asio flammeus)

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

(Aegolius acadicus)

Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) - © David Malak