great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 20 inches Wingspan: 55 inches
Very large owl with prominent ear tufts
Yellow eyes and dark bill
Upperparts mottled brown, gray, and black
Pale underparts with fine brown bars
Reddish-brown facial disks bordered by black with a lower border of white
White throat patch
Pale gray form inhabits northern Canada
Only the long-eared owl shares the red facial disks and prominent ear
tufts, but is much smaller and slenderer, is barred and streaked on the
belly, lacks the white throat, and has its ear tufts set closer together.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 1-4
Length of Incubation: 26-35 days
Days to Fledge: 35
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly small mammals; lesser quantities of birds, reptiles or amphib-
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