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

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

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day in 2018, I was able to see five different kinds of owls in New York City. I featured them in a holiday video, Happy Owly Days. (I tried to find a screech-owl, but I began my search too late!)

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. Barred owls now have their own page on this site, but I give you one photo here.

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

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

 

Great Horned Owls

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

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

Great horned owl, Central Park, October 30, 2017

Great horned owl, Central Park, October 30, 2017

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.