barn owl (Tyto alba)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 14 inches Wingspan: 44 inches
Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
Large, rounded head
Pale facial disks with dark frame
Tawny and gray upperparts with small black and white spots
White underparts with scattered dark spots
Sometimes found in barns and silos
The barn owl is easily distinguished from other owls by its face pattern.
In flight, it lacks dark wrist marks found in long-eared and short-eared
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Grassland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 3-11
Length of Incubation: 30-34 days
Days to Fledge: 52-56
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2
Diet: Mostly small mammals
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley