Saw-Whets, Barred, Long-Eared and Great-Horned Owls

These owls will soon each have their own pages. In the meantime, check out the barred, saw-whet, long-eared and great-horned owls here, and the snowy owls and eastern screech-owls on their own pages.

Barred Owls

Shakespeare, the Bar(re)d of Central Park

The first owl I saw in Central Park was a saw-whet, in April 2013. The next time I heard about an owl in the park was July 2013, when one was spotted high in a pine in the Pinetum. When I was told the owl's name, in my head I spelled it "B-A-R-D," and wondered why I couldn't find a reference to a "bard owl." I finally figured out it was a barred owl, which made more sense. But I still think of this owl as the "poet" of the owls. 

  Shakespeare, a barred owl in the Ramble, April 26, 2017

Shakespeare, a barred owl in the Ramble, April 26, 2017

On April 26, a barred owl took up temporary residence in the Ramble and provided a joyful day for all who saw him (I'm going with him, even though no one knew for sure whether he was a he or a she). The owl was fairly low, and preened and stretched and kept an eye on all the photographers and binocular-raising birders who came to witness his majesty. I named the owl Shakespeare (I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who called him that, but after all, he was a "bard owl" and the Delacorte Theater wasn't that far away!). And of course, I made a Filming the Feathers video.

So here's to Shakespeare, the Bard of Central Park! And here are photos and some of Shakespeare's poetry.

  “The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots and wonders / At out quaint spirits.” —  A Midsummer Night's Dream

“The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots and wonders / At out quaint spirits.” — A Midsummer Night's Dream

  "The night to th’ owl and morn to th’ lark less welcome. " — Cymbeline

"The night to th’ owl and morn to th’ lark less welcome." — Cymbeline

  "With a good leg and a good foot, uncle, and money enough in his purse, such a man would win any woman in the world, if a' could get her good-will."  — Much Ado About Nothing

"With a good leg and a good foot, uncle, and money enough in his purse, such a man would win any woman in the world, if a' could get her good-will." — Much Ado About Nothing

  "They say the owl was a baker’s daughter."  — Hamlet

"They say the owl was a baker’s daughter." — Hamlet

More photos from our April 26, 2017, barred owl.

There was a barred owl in the Pinetum in July 2013. It was difficult to get a good shot. This photograph is more for identification.

 

 

 

Great Horned Owls

  Great horned owlets, Pelham Bay Park, May 8, 2018

Great horned owlets, Pelham Bay Park, May 8, 2018

We've also had barred owls, saw-whets and long-eared owls, and I've managed to photograph some of these.

Great horned owl in the Ramble, Dec. 5, 2015

The great-horned owl on Jan. 4, 2016 (top left), Nov. 9 (bottom left), and Nov. 11, 2015.

 November 9, 2015, in the Ramble.

November 9, 2015, in the Ramble.

Long-Eared Owls

In January and February 2014, long-eared owls could be seen on Pine Hill and Pilgrim Hill. 

 

Saw-Whet Owls

This saw-whet owl was photographed near Shakespeare Garden on April 9, 2013.