11/15/2007

Are you out there?

Even though this blog is mainly for me to write about things that blow my hair back (not that I have a lot) I would love to hear from you! Blogging is the most fun when people interact with you and I would love to hear from you.

Take a sec and let me know (questions updated Feb'09):
> Where are you now?
> How long have you been birding?
> How often do you go birding?
> What are your favorite birds e.g woodpeckers, hawks, owls etc?
> What's your rarest bird you've seen?
> Where did you see your rare bird?
> What bird would you love to see?
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
> Do you keep a life list?
> How many birds on your list?
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
> How many birds on your list?
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
> What birds nest in your garden?
> Do you have any owls in your garden or close to home?
> Any more info you'd like to share?

67 comments:

Owlman said...

> Where are you now?
New Jersey
> How long have you been birding?
Over 20 years
> How often do you go birding?
Not often enough
> What are your favorite birds?
Owls - obviously!
> What's your rarest bird?
Lammergeyer a.k.a Bearded Vulture
> Where did you see your rare bird?
Drakensberg, South Africa
> What bird would you love to see?
Pel's fishing owl
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
No real favorite
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yip
> How many birds on your list?
56
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Screech owl
> What birds nest in your garden?
Eastern blue birds, Tree Swallows, Chipping sparrows, House wren, House Finch, American crow and sadly European starling

Patrick Belardo said...

Hi Quintus! Welcome to the blog world! Be sure to join up with the "I & The Bird" blog carnival over at www.10000birds.com to help drive traffic to your blog.

> Where are you now?
New Jersey
> How long have you been birding?
Seriously birding for 7 years, but birded when I was a kid
> How often do you go birding?
Not often enough is right... 3-4 times a month at most.
> What are your favorite birds?
Hummingbirds
> What's your rarest bird?
Great Green Macaw I think
> Where did you see your rare bird?
Costa Rica
> What bird would you love to see?
Wallcreeper
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Sandy Hook, NJ
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes
> How many birds on your list?
48
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Swainson's Thrush
> What birds nest in your garden?
House Fince, House Sparrow, House Wren, BC Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse

RuthieJ said...

> Where are you now?
Rochester, MN
> How long have you been birding?
Since before you were born, young feller
> How often do you go birding?
Every time I go out in my backyard
> What are your favorite birds?
It would be easier to say which birds are my least favorite, although like you, I do have an affinity for owls
> What's your rarest bird?
In my backyard, a northern shrike.
In Minnesota, probably a snowy owl or great gray owl
> Where did you see your rare bird?
The snowy was in a residential area in Rochester-perched on a garage. The great grays were in Minnesota during the legendary 2005 irruption.
> What bird would you love to see?
Barn owl
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Anywhere I am
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Just started one this year (after living in this place for 19 years)
> How many birds on your list? 53
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen? Gosh, that's a tough one....maybe Eastern bluebird?
> What birds nest in your garden?
Northern Cardinal, Chipping Sparrow, Goldfinch, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Bluejay, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Mourning Dove, House Wren, and some yucky ones: Grackle, Cowbird (egg dumping), House Sparrow

Wayne said...

Owlman

We're pleased to hear you like Birders in Boxers. Its just a bit of fun between a few mates, but we've noticed its getting hits from around the world.

Good luck with Owlbox, and here's a few answers.

Where are you now?
Wales

How long have you been birding?
Over 30 years

How often do you go birding?
Everyday I look at birds around my place of work. I don't get out and about as much as I'd like on the weekends though.

What are your favorite birds?
Pied flycatchers, peregrine falcons

What's your rarest bird?
Saw the UKs second ever Pacific Diver, and once spent a very long-time before seeing the UKs rarest breeding raptor, Montague's Harrier.

Where did you see your rare bird?
Pembrokeshire, Wales.

What bird would you love to see?
Roller, don't ask!

What's your favorite spot for birding?
Estuaries in winter.

Do you keep a garden list of birds?
I have lots of lists.

How many birds on your list?
I'd rather not say, ;-)

What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Waxwing.

What birds nest in your garden?
None.

Dave said...

Where are you now? Alaska

How long have you been birding? 6 years

How often do you go birding? Whenever I feel like it. At least once every 2 weeks.

What are your favorite birds? Owls, Corvids, Eagles

What's your rarest bird? Spectacled Eider

Where did you see your rare bird? Bird TLC

What bird would you love to see? Fish Eagle

What's your favorite spot for birding? West Chester Lagoon, Anchorage, AK

Do you keep a garden list of birds? nope

How many birds on your list? 0

What's the nicest garden bird you've seen? Bohemian Waxwing

What birds nest in your garden? none right now

Jochen said...

> Where are you now?
Stralsund, NE Germany.

> How long have you been birding?
Intensively for roughly 25 years, but basically all my life (36 years).

> How often do you go birding?
Not enough ...

> What are your favorite birds?
Bearded Vultures/Lammergeiers.

> What's your rarest bird?
Black Stilt.

> Where did you see your rare bird?
New Zealand.

> What bird would you love to see?
The roughly 8600 I haven't seen yet. Maybe surprisingly considering I am a European birder (surprising from a North American perspective), a Wallcreeper would also greatly rock my world! Cheers, Patrick!

> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Great Lakes in North America, Greifswalder Bodden in Germany, Steward Island in New Zealand

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Well, quite fruitless without a garden.

> How many birds on your list?
None as I don't have one. However, I have an office list of birds seen from my office window, mostly fly-overs, and that list is at 126.

> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
The most unexpected office bird was an escape white-morph Gyrfalcon.

> What birds nest in your garden?
Well, none. I do believe House Sparrows nest on my house though (and they are "good" sparrows here in Germany)

Owlman said...

The Pileated Woodpecker that I saw earlier this morning is a very close contender for both the nicest garden bird. With the addition of Pileated W/pecker and Pine Siskin my garden list is now up to 58 and counting.

Clive's World said...

> Where are you now?
Plymouth

> How long have you been birding?
??? Not sure I'm exactly and true "birder" but becoming more interested as the years go by and as I look into birder's blogs.

> How often do you go birding?
Whenever I am outside (see, probably not a true birder as I'm sure it takes more than walking the dog)

> What are your favorite birds?
Owls, eagles, cardinals, hummers, woodpeckers (in that order)

> What's your rarest bird?
Pelican? Not sure they are rare, but had never seen one before in MN.

> Where did you see your rare bird?

Grey Eagle, MN

> What bird would you love to see?

> What's your favorite spot for birding?
At my parent's lake place in Hackensack, MN -- lots of loons, eagles and all sorts passing through.

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Nope

> How many birds on your list?
Guess I need to start that list.

> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Is this a trick question? ;)

> What birds nest in your garden?
Lots of cardinals, nuthatches, black capped chicks, robins....

Q: I have hung some suet outside my home and there hasn't been any interest in it. It is the kind with berries -- supposed to be winter feed. There isn't much people or car traffic... basic suburb townhouse... Am I doing something wrong or should I just wait until they are hungry?

Owlman said...

Hi Clive,

Thanks for dropping in. Actually birding is something that you can do anywhere outside (unlike fishing and hunting) and it doesn't require official birding trips. I do most of my birding in the backyard, while I'm driving and out and about. I think you're well on your way to admitting that you're a birder :-)

Birds are creatures of habit and they may ignore your suet for up to 6 weeks. I had a new feeder that was full of peanuts and sunflowers and the birds ignored it for ages. The same thing happened with my bird bath. I spent a good amount on a new bird bath and the birds pretty much ignored it for the first 6 months. Recently the birds use it a LOT and it is in exactly the same spot. My suggestion would be to leave it for 2-4 weeks or so and if they haven't used it at all move it to a different spot and see if you can any action there. Suet is an ESSENTIAL bird attractor and you should get nuthatches, woodpeckers, chickadees, titmouse etc coming to get suet. Keep me posted on your developments. Do you have other feeders around the suet?

Lynne said...

>Where are you now?
New Hope, Minnesota

>How long have you been birding?
About 15 years, but I've loved them forever.

>How often do you go birding?
Maybe once a month- I consider myself mostly a backyard birder.

>What are your favorite birds?
Turkey vultures and catbirds.

>What's your rarest bird?
Great Gray Owl

>Where did you see your rare bird?
Northern Minnesota

>What bird would you love to see?
Golden Eagle and Gray Jay.

>What's your favorite spot for birding?
Hasty Brook, our place in northern Minnesota

>Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Sure

>How many birds on your list?
I'll have to add them up.

>What's the nicest garden bird you've see?
Wood Duck in the maple tree

>What bids nest in your garden?
House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Goldfinch, Robbin, House Sparrow, House Finch, Gray Catbird,Chipping Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal

dguzman said...

Cool idea, Owlman. Here's my background:
> Where are you now? Spring Mills, PA (central PA)
> How long have you been birding? in earnest, about three years
> How often do you go birding? not often enough
> What are your favorite birds? all of them, but especially songbirds
> What's your rarest bird? American bittern, probably
> Where did you see your rare bird? in the marsh behind my house
> What bird would you love to see? Painted bunting
> What's your favorite spot for birding? anywhere!
> Do you keep a garden list of birds? more or less; I just have one big list but I know which are backyard birds for me
> How many birds on your list? 163
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen? red-bellied woodpecker
> What birds nest in your garden? black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, grackles (ugh), song sparrows, house finches, and probably some starlings

Meggie said...

Take a sec and let me know:
> Where are you now?
Western PA
> How long have you been birding?
Not sure what I do is considered birding, I merely watch and enjoy
> How often do you go birding?
I observe my feeders from my dirty kitchen window and in summer months observe while hiking
> What are your favorite birds?
The regulars at my feeders...cardinals, chickadees, titmice, juncos, downy & hairy woodpeckers
> What's your rarest bird?
Evening grosbeak
> Where did you see your rare bird?
At my feeder
> What bird would you love to see?
Pileated woodpecker
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Hiking anywhere in the Eastern US
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
No, but perhaps I should
> How many birds on your list?
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
I love them all
> What birds nest in your garden?
Wrens, robins hummingbirds

Owlman said...

Hi Meggie,

Welcome and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself.

It's funny because several things you mentioned I have blogged about. You mention I'm "Not sure what I do is considered birding, I merely watch and enjoy" - I actually have a post about admitting you're a birder. Based on your intro I'd say you're a birder!

You mention that you want to see a Pileated woodpecker and I have a post on that too. I was fortunate enough to have one in my garden a couple of weeks ago, although I haven't seen her since! What an amazing bird!

I noticed from your blog that you have 3 acres of property. You should look into putting some blue birds boxes up in Spring and adding to your nesting bird list. If you have an open field or lawn area stick up a couple of boxes and you'll get some Blue Birds and maybe a couple of Tree Swallows too. Watching the Tree Swallows zooming around your garden is a true privilege! BTW, Hummingbirds nesting in your garden – awesome!

Enjoy the birding and thanks again for popping in! Did you see the post on the next Super predator? I think as a fellow cat lover you'll get a kick out of that.

Best,

Owlman.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I am in B.C. Vancouver Island, Canada. I am a newish birder but love it. I try to bird every day. I love bald eagles and hummers and lots of owls and peckers and...I love them all. I saw a Tropical Kingbird near where I live. I would love to see all the birds everywhere. We do have a lot of birds at our feeders and should list them. We have robins, wrens, finches, crows, gulls, yes the starling and many varieties of peckers. We also have hundreds of varieties of birds in our sanctuaries. Cheers and nice blog.

Yojimbot said...

Harlem, NYC

All of my life.

All the time.

Kestrels, American Bluebird, Scarlet Tanager, Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Baltimore Orioles and Green Herons (At least birds that I occasionally see).

Scott's Oriole in Union Sq. Park

Golden Eagle

My roof or other peoples roofs.

No

Not sure.

Nicest bird I've seen in central park is brewster's warbler

birds that nest in central park:

robins
catbirds
mockers
orioles
hosp
starlings
kingbirds
kestrels
red tailed hawks
pigeons
Mallards
Canada Geese
cardinals
blue jays
white breasted nuthatches
downy
hairy
redbellied
redheaded occasionally

Place I would love to go birding?
Krysygstan & Colombia

with a ton of other possibles. I once thought that a norther waterthrush nested in the loch one year.

Mel said...

> Where are you now?
Lima, PerĂș
> How long have you been birding?
Just found the joys of this, one year :)
> How often do you go birding?
I'm just a begginer, I have SO much to learn, and living in a city doesn't help much, plus I lived abroad (also in a big city) last year, so, just a backyard and nearby parks bird watching (so far)
> What are your favorite birds?
Haven't seen enough to decide, but small birds amaze me...
> What's your rarest bird?
:S Not rare birds yet :(
> What bird would you love to see?
Peruvian cock of the rocks in the Amazon jungle
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Don't know enough to pick, but my country has currently the largest bird list, so, I guess I'll find great ones soon (I hope so!)
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
I want to start one
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Vermilion flycatcher, what locals here call 'turtupilĂ­n'
> What birds nest in your garden?
None, it's not big enough and tree-less :(

http://teach-me-birdwatching.blogspot.com/

Pixel-Pixie said...

> Where are you now?

TSAVO, KENYA

> How long have you been birding?

SINCE I WAS BORN, BUT MORE AVIDLY AS AN ADULT

> How often do you go birding?

EVERY DAY (MASSES OF BIRDS LIVE IN AND AROUND MY HOUSE, SO IT'S NOT A CONSCIOUS DECISION - IT JUST HAPPENS! I NEVER HAVE MY CAMERA TOO FAR AWAY AS I'M TRYING TO PHOTOGRAPH EVERY SINGLE SPECIES AROUND HERE. I KEEP A BIRD LIST ON MY BLOG - NOT OF THE BIRDS I KNOW MUST BE HERE, BUT OF THE ONES I HAVE DEFINITELY SEEN AND IDENTIFIED.

> What are your favorite birds?

OK, SO THIS IS DIFFICULT... CAN'T ANSWER THAT - TOO MANY...

> What's your rarest bird?

BLACK STORK (POSSIBLY).

> Where did you see your rare bird?

IN THE RIVER BY OUR HOUSE. SAW CONDORS IN THE CHILEAN ANDES TOO ONCE.

> What bird would you love to see?

BALD EAGLE (PROVIDING IT IS IN ALASKA, THEN I WOULD CONQUER TWO WISHES IN ONE GO!)

> What's your favorite spot for birding?

ANYWHERE REALLY. NOT FUSSY...I THINK EACH ENVIRONMENT HAS ITS WONDERS AND ITS SURPRISES...SOMETIMES EVEN A CITY THROWS OUT SOME PRETTY SPECTACULAR SIGHTINGS.

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?

YES. http://www.wildernessdiary.com/birds

> How many birds on your list?

175+++ THE +++ IS FOR ALL THE L.B.Js I CANNOT IDENTIFY (LITTLE BROWN JOBS)

> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?

AGAIN IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER...PARADISE WHYDAH MAYBE? HUNTERS SUNBIRD? TOO MANY - EACH UNIQUE IN ITS OWN WAY.

> What birds nest in your garden?

VILLAGE (AKA BLACK-HEADED) WEAVER, SPOTTED MORNING WARBLER, LESSER STRIPED SWALLOW...MORE (WE LIVE BORDERING THE TSAVO NATIONAL PARK IN KENYA, SO OUR "GARDEN" HAS A SLIGHT ADVANTAGE OVER MANY OTHER MORE CONVENTIONAL GARDENS!)

Thanks for visiting my blog too, by the way, Owlman - it was nice to see you there...

Tanya
http://www.widlernessdiary.com

Owlman said...

Thanks sooo much for stopping in Tanya and for sharing your birding background with me. I have a friend who works in Kruger Park and he has an amazing life, much like yours. I have never visited Kenya, although I believe it is spectacular and the birds are a little different to SA. I am hoping to make a trip to SA in 2009 and I am hoping that my friend can get me close to a Pel's fishing owl!

Elaine said...

Where are you now? - Southwest Florida coast
How long have you been birding? - 45 years; passionately for 17 years
How often do you go birding? - Every day
What are your favorite birds? - I love them all.
What's your rarest bird? - Snowy Owl or juvenile Purple Gallinule
Where did you see your rare bird? - Snowy was on a sedge island along the loop at the Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge-Brigantine, Port Republic, NJ. Gallinule was in a brackish pond at entrance to EFNWR-Brigantine
What bird would you love to see? - Adult Purple Gallinule or American Avocet
What's your favorite spot for birding? - Everywhere and anywhere
Do you keep a garden list of birds? - Currently, all my lists are in my head, but I plan on documenting my lists on my blog as soon as I can.
How many birds on your list? - I haven't actually counted them; I just know what I have seen where and when. Close to 200.
What's the nicest garden bird you've seen? - American Goldfinch
What birds nest in your garden? - Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Green Heron, Osprey.

lisa said...

> Where are you now?
Extreme northeast Wisconsin
> How long have you been birding?
Over 30 years
> How often do you go birding?
Pretty much every time I look/go outside, but officially/for that express purpose-about 4x per year
> What are your favorite birds?
Woodpeckers, raptors, diving ducks and whip-or-wils.
> What's your rarest bird?
Chukkar (though it was a captive-release for hunting), otherwise probably a woodcock. (I know, boring for most but exciting for me :)
> Where did you see your rare bird?
Heh..driving to work!
> What bird would you love to see?
Penguins in the wild!
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
My yard and the woods/water all around it.
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes
> How many birds on your list?
Sounds dumb, but I haven't numbered the list...maybe 100 or so?
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Indigo bunting
> What birds nest in your garden?
Phoebe, hairy woodpecker, downey woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, robins, goldfinches, wrens, pileated woodpeckers, house finches, purple finches, rose-breated grosbeaks.

wolf21m said...

> Where are you now?
Boise, Idaho USA

> How long have you been birding?
A few years.

> How often do you go birding?
2-3 times per week if you don;t count the backyard.

> What are your favorite birds?
Raptors - Peregrine falcon, all owls. Fan of Kingfishers as well.

> What's your rarest bird?
Great Green Macaw in Costa Rica. One group of 4, one group of 6.

> Where did you see your rare bird?
La Selva Biological Research Station, Costa Rica.

> What bird would you love to see?
Peregrine Falcon taking prey in the air (my goal for the year).

> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Hulls Grove - local 4 mile hike from my house.

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes.

> How many birds on your list?
17

> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
I am found of Black-capped Chickadees.

> What birds nest in your garden?
None. Although I just put up a bird house and the Chickadees have been checking it out.

Stacey Huston said...

>Where are you now?
Clark Wyoming (good luck finding that one on the internet:))
>How long have you been birding?
Didn't know it was called birding
;-) but about 10yrs
>How often, every day! be it looking out my window or our driving... it never stops.
>What are your favorite birds?
Red tail Hawks, raptors, etc, but the list grows daily.
>What's your rarest bird?Great grey
I know not so rare, but I finally photographed one.
>Where did you see your rare bird?
Yellowstone National park
>What would you love to see? Snowy owl and cardinals. also wild McCaw, parrot ect.
>Favorite spot?
Anywhere
>Do you keep a list?
No
>How many on your list.
sorry
>Nicest garden bird seen?
Perigrine Falcon, and Goshawk
>What birds nest in your garden?
Bluebirds, and Chukar

Owlman said...

Welcome Stacey and thanks for introducing yourself! For those of you checking this out do yourself a favor and check out Stacey's AMAZING wildlife photos and if you have some extra cash buy one of her INCREDIBLE prints. Stacey my commission is only 10% don't worry. No seriously her pics are out of this world! I once heard a photographer say that wildlife photography has no art to it and Stacey's picture definitely proof that this dude was (and is) smoking his sox.

kyle B said...

Where are you now?
I live in westchester NY
> How long have you been birding?
Figuring im only fourteen, i have pnly been birding two years
> How often do you go birding?
USually twice a week
> What are your favorite birds?
Hawks,owls
> What's your rarest bird?
snowy owl
> Where did you see your rare bird?
Piermont
> What bird would you love to see?
Gyrfalcon
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Croton point park
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
no
> How many birds on your list?
if i did probably 15
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
bluebird
> What birds nest in your garden? Cardinals, bluejays simple stuff

Hanno Pretorius said...

Where are you now?
Pretoria, GAUTENG, South Africa
> How long have you been birding?
3 years
> How often do you go birding?
Once a week, as often as possible!
> What are your favorite birds?
Accipiter species
> What's your rarest bird?
Arnot's chat
> Where did you see your rare bird?
Kruger National PARK
> What bird would you love to see?
Pallid Harrier, Bearded Vulture
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Magoebaskloof,Limpopo, South Africa
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes
> How many birds on your list?
At least 50
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
African Harrier-Hawk
> What birds nest in your garden?
Speckled Pigeon nest, Cape Robin nest

Hi there Owlman! I'm South African. I have recently started my very own blog; it is focussed on the accipiters of Southern Africa (the sparrowhawks and goshawks)Love your blog. Check mine out at http://hawks.blat.co.za
Your contribution would be most welcome!
Hanno Pretorius

Owlman said...

Welcome Kyle B and Hanno.

Kyle it's great to run across a young and enthusiastic birder. I would encourage you to pop into Bill of the birds's blog and add your 2c's worth on the discussion going on around young birders. Check it out at: http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/blog/2008/04/no-child-left-inside.html

Hanno, glad to see another South African on the web. I will definitely check out your blog. This week has been hectic, but I will definitely pop in some time boet. Op die bokke!

Michael said...

> Where are you now?

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

> How long have you been birding?

23 years

> How often do you go birding?

Not that much in the last couple of years, but always keep and eye out!

> What are your favorite birds?

Spotted Eagle Owl, Black Sparrow Hawk, Guinea fowl

> What's your rarest bird?

Bat Hawk

> Where did you see your rare bird?

Ellis Ras, South Africa

> What bird would you love to see?

European Eagle Owl (Rare Migrant to Ireland so keeping my fingers crossed!)

> What's your favorite spot for birding?

Northern KZN, South Africa

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?

Yes

> How many birds on your list?

23 (ireland is not a birding paradise :()
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?

Goldfinch
> What birds nest in your garden?

Robin's, Magpie

Owlman said...

Hey Mike. Thanks for popping in. Bat Hawk - wow! I'll hold thumbs for the European Eagle Owl. When do they come over to Ireland? Do they have email listserv's for rare birds over by you guys? That's how people know about rare birds over here in the States. Most of the states have local email listservs that report rare sightings.

Owlman said...

The garden list has gone up to 69 and the Indigo Bunting would be right up there as my favorite bird, probably tied with the Screech Owl. Seeing the Indigo each afternoon brings a massive smile to my face.

Christopher said...

> Where are you now?
Just outside of Boston, MA
> How long have you been birding?
About 7 years
> How often do you go birding?
Weekly if not more often
> What are your favorite birds?
WOODPECKERS
> What's your rarest bird?
Red-footed Falcon
> Where did you see your rare bird?
Martha's Vineyard
> What bird would you love to see?
Hmmm... Ivory-billed Woodpecker seems a little obvious.
Other than every woodpecker in the world, how about Lilac-breasted Roller?

> What's your favorite spot for birding?
It's a tie between Ding-Darling in Sanibel, FL and Plum Island in Newbury/Essex, MA
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Nope - no yard! :(
> How many birds on your list?
Just passed 600 on my ABA list in September
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Since I don't have my own yard, I'll cheat and pick one from somebody else's... Violet-crowned Hummingbird in the Paton's yard in AZ.

Hey Quintus,
This is a great idea - and very nicely done.
If you have a chance could you drop me an e-mail at: Picusblog(at)comcast(dot)net
I've got a question for you that I didn't want to post as a comment!
Cheers!
Christopher

Barbara said...

Hi - I just stumbled upon your blog and immediately enjoyed reading it - you have a great writing style!

I started birding about 2 years ago but didn't get "serious" until about a year ago. I mostly go to area reserves, parks, etc. and also birdwatch from my backyard. I love owls and my fave birds at the moment are Warblers. I am also into nature photography.

I am writing to say hello because of your affection not only for birds, but for the Green Bay Packers and Brett! I came from the midwest and relocated to the East Coast (Boston area) after college. I was literally teethed on football and even though I am now a Patriot fan, my heart and soul will always be with Green Bay and specifically, Brett Favre. There's not too many of us out here that are Packer fans so I just had a give a shout out! I went to the opening Jets game this year and wore a Patriot's shirt with a GB #4 cap - it was awesome to see Brett play again - even though they lost that game.

Anyhow, glad you're enjoying living in the U.S. Glad to meet a fellow birder. And very glad to say GO PACK! :)

Owlman said...

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for popping in and introducing yourself. I really appreciate your compliments especially related to writing style. My writing style has definitely changed as my blog's developed and I'm glad you like it.

Having Brett 'back' in the game is awesome, although I would have preferred if he was still a Packer, especially with the talented team that GB has this year. Having said that I still love to watch him play even though you don't know what you'll get from week to week. It's nice having him as a Jet, as I now get to watch all his games.

The Patriots are one of my least favorite teams in the NFL, but I won't say anything disparaging to you ;-) I love football and all the teams make it special. This should be a very exciting season and I'm pretty sure that the Packers will be in the playoff mix. The Pats seemed to be making a move towards recovering from the Brady loss, so it should be interesting to see what they do. I think the Jets are mis-coached, so I doubt we’ll see #4 in the playoffs. The question at the end of the season will no doubt be whether Brett will be back…….Personally I hope so!

Thanks again for stopping in and commenting, it is much appreciated! I hope you'll be back soon.

Kathiesbirds said...

Hello Owlman. I found you on Susan Gets Native Blog. I liked all the suggestions you had for her lisence plate!

Right now I am in Corona de Tucson in AZ looking out my window into the wash next to my house. Frequently I have Cooper's hawks land on the fence here and I just stand up and snap their photos.

I have been keeping a life list since I was sixteen (Im 51 right now). However, I didn't know about "birding" until about 5 or 6 years ago when I first read "The Big Year". That's when I discovered that what I was doing was birding.

I basically bird every day. I never leave home without my bins. I hate it when I see a bird I can't identify.

My favorite bird? All of them.

Rarest? Violet-crowned hummingbird? Crested caracara? or perhaps a Gray Hawk. All seen here in AZ.

Most like to see? Small bird:Painted bunting. Large Bird: Great gray owl.

My favorite birding spot in Tucson is Agua Caliente park. Very peaceful, and exotic to me and a great bird attractor with its oasis, but I really want to go to Alaska and bird there.

I keep a yard list, a neigborhood list, a state list and a life list.

In this yard my count is 55. In the Sycamore Canyon neighborhood the total is 70.

I don't know if it's the nicest but the most surprising was a Burrowing Owl.

My yard is very small and new. We just planted 2 trees last year. They are little more than saplings, so no birds nest here right now. They do, however seek refuge in my trees, for which I am extremely grateful! Wait, I may have had house sparrows nesting in my roof tiles this past summer. I try to ignore them.

I see you are from South Africa. Do you have an accent? I have another friend from S. Africa. She lives in Utah and she has an accent. I would love to visit there someday. I just did a post about Burrowing owls. If you want to stop by, I would be pleased to meet you!

Owlman said...

Hey Kathie,

Thanks for popping in and for all the wonderful comments! Yip, I still have an accent although it has become milder with time. I've been in the States for 10 years now...wow time flies! Utah sounds amazing! I haven't had the privilige to go out to your neck of the woods although I hope to some day. You should definitely check out SA if you have the chance. The birding in SA is AMAZING!

Cindie U. said...

Where are you now?
SW Ohio, in between Cincinnati and Dayton.

How long have you been birding? I've been a bird fan all of my life, but when I moved to the country, about 10 years ago, I really started paying attention to the birds in my yard.

How often do you go birding? I haven't ever been "birding" so to speak. I do take alot of walks outside and pay attention to nature.

What are your favorite birds? I really like the big ones--hawks, vultures, owls.

What's your rarest bird? If I've seen a rare bird, I don't know it.

Where did you see your rare bird? n/a

What bird would you love to see? I've never seen a barn owl (and I live on a farm with barns!).

What's your favorite spot for birding? Hueston Woods State Park, Oxford, Ohio.

Do you keep a garden list of birds? I've never kept a list, but have been thinking of starting one. I don't know how to begin...is there a check-list somewhere?

How many birds on your list? I've seen lots of birds in my life, but to be able to identify them, I'd say less than 75.

What's the nicest garden bird you've seen? I like Cardinals; I love killdeer.

What birds nest in your garden? The most commonly seen birds in my yard are sparrows (chipping, tree), black-capped chickadees, finches (house, gold, purple), cardinals, and woodpeckers (downy, hairy). Right next to my yard, we have a pond for the cattle, where we see Canada geese, mallard ducks, and occasionally, killdeer.

Owlman said...

Hi Cindie,

How about putting up a Barn Owl box? There are lots and lots of plans on the internet. There should be a good amount of owls in your area, so you may get lucky and attract a pair.

You should be able to find some state lists online. Having said that you already look like you're well on your way to a decent list - sparrows (chipping, tree), black-capped chickadees, finches (house, gold, purple), cardinals, and woodpeckers (downy, hairy), Canada geese, mallard ducks, and occasionally, killdeer.

Thanks for popping in - I appreciate it.

Tony Perrotta said...

Hi, Love the blog !! Tony Perrotta


Where are you now,
New Jersey

How long have you been birding
Casually 20 15 years or so, more seriously this year.

How often do you go birding
Not enough

What are your favorite birds
Shore Birds

What's your rarest bird
Atlantic Puffin not rare but I don't travel much so..

What bird would you like to see
Whooping Crane

Where is your favorite spot for birding
Anywhere the birds are

Do you keep a garden list of birds
No

How many birds on your list
0

What is the nicest garden bird you have seen
Red Bellied Woodpecker

What birds nest in your garden
Chipping Sparrows
Robins, Finches

Owlman said...

Hi Tony,

Thanks a lot for the compliment. I haven't had much to blog about of late but I'm hoping to change that soon. Atlantic Puffin would be a lifer for me - VERY nice. I love hearing from new blog readers, thanks SO much for popping in!

dAwN said...

> How long have you been birding?
always watched birds at bird feeders..but didnt officially start until 4 years ago...we got hooked in Southern Arizona

> How often do you go birding?
Depends on where we are..

> What are your favorite birds?
Warblers and Owls

> What's your rarest bird?
Rose throated Becard and rufus winged robin...Yellow grosbeak all seen in Arizona

> Where did you see your rare bird?
see above...
> What bird would you love to see?
We are going tomorrow to try and find the masked duck and Harris sparrow..

> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Southern Arizona

> Do you keep a life list?
Yes ..thats the only list so far

> How many birds on your list?
450

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
No..I live in a house on wheels..our backyard changes every week or so.

> How many birds on your list?
N?A
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Indigo buntings, Blue grosbeaks at my sisters home in NC

> What birds nest in your garden?
N/a

> Do you have any owls in your garden?
Nada..dont thing owls would like moving around as much as we do.

> Any more info you'd like to share?
You can check out my blog for more info on me and my lifestyle...

Owlman said...

Hey dAwN, thanks for stopping in. You sure sound like you have an interesting life.

Aluajala said...

Hello! I have just encountered your blog. I love birds and owls too so I subscribed to it )Here's smth about me:

> Where are you now?
Moscow, Russia
> How long have you been birding?
About 2 yrs
> How often do you go birding?
Several times a week when it's warm and few times a month when it's cold
> What are your favorite birds?
Predators: Harpy eagle, Owls
Other: all colorful ones
> What's your rarest bird?
Blue jay - I've seen it only once here
> Where did you see your rare bird?
In september last year
> What bird would you love to see?
Harpy eagle. They must look lovely
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
A local forest
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Don't have any garden ((
> How many birds on your list?
-
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Among small birds - chaffinch
> What birds nest in your garden?
-

Owlman said...

Hi Aluajala,

Thanks so much for popping in and taking the time to introduce yourself. I must admit I know VERY little about birding in Moscow although I'm sure you have some fascinating birds there. I'm totally with you on Harpy eagle. I was lucky enough to see Crowned eagle in South Africa, which is a pretty similar to Harpy (forest eagle, preys on very large prey and looks similar). I'd still love to see a Harpy eagle along with my Pel's fishing owl in Africa ;-) Thanks again for popping in and good birding in Moscow. I hope to see more more comments from you soon.

Amy said...

Hey Owlman, I've been subscribed to your blog for a while but I didn't realize you had this nice post where we could introduce ourselves. Here's my answers.

> Where are you now?
Round Lake Beach, Illinois. North of Chicago.
> How long have you been birding?
All my life but a bit more seriously in the last 5 years or so. Getting more serious as the years go by. There's so much to learn!
> How often do you go birding?
Not enough, try to go once a week at least when we can.
> What are your favorite birds e.g woodpeckers, hawks, owls etc?
Hummingbirds (I might have a different answer tomorrow, though)
> What's your rarest bird you've seen?
Egyptian Plover
> Where did you see your rare bird?
The Gambia
> What bird would you love to see?
I haven't really thought about this too much. I would like to see as many warblers as possible in breeding plumage.
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Anywhere I haven't already been.
> Do you keep a life list?
Yes
> How many birds on your list?
457
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes
> How many birds on your list?
We just reached 20.
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
That would be #20! A Cooper's Hawk.
> What birds nest in your garden?
None in our nearly treeless suburban backyard. There are Cardinal and Robin nests in our neighbors yards though.
> Do you have any owls in your garden or close to home?
I have heard GHOWs in the early spring here but I've never seen an owl close to our home.

Owlman said...

Hi Amy,

Thanks so much for stopping in and introducing yourself. It's no nice to hear that you're a regular reader.

The Gambia? That must have been an awesome trip. Did you go specifically to bird? I bet you must have seen some crazy stuff. Maybe I need to add a question about awesome bird trip locations that you've been to.

Thanks again for stopping in and introducing yourself, much appreciated!

chilibean said...

Where are you now?
East Marion, New York

How long have you been birding?
Beach bird watcher for 30+ years, backyard and birdfeeder watching about 15 years.

How often do you go birding?
Serious birding, never. But I’m getting hooked. Sometimes I’ll stop my car by a farm field. Most recently owling 2-3 times weekly.

What are your favorite birds e.g woodpeckers, hawks, owls etc?
Mockingbirds crack me up. Owls of all kinds, esp. Great Horned. Love that sound!

What's your rarest bird you've seen?
A Saw Whet and a Kingfisher

Where did you see your rare bird?
I found the stunned saw whet in the road in Orient, NY, on a bitter cold Feb night., the kingfisher caught in fishing line on a little island beach in Southold, NY (we were able to free it)

What bird would you love to see?
A bluebird, a Great Horned and my mystery owl outside my house, up close and personal!

What's your favorite spot for birding?
Hmmm. I think anywhere there are wild brambles and thickets. I love the racket the birds make.

Do you keep a life list?
I don’t know what that is!

How many birds on your list?
None. Clue me in.

Do you keep a garden list of birds?
No, but you’ve got me thinking….

How many birds on your list?
I think there would be a fair amount, esp. if I could name them all. I’ll try! So far I come up with about 20 that I can identify.

What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
I enjoy the brief visit from the little brown winter wren, and juncos, and bright red cardinal against the snow.

What birds nest in your garden?
A lot of woodpeckers: Flickers, Downy, Red bellied; house wren, sparrows, Finches, Baltimore Orioles (they are too quick!) I saw a female grosbeak but not sure what kind. Nuthatches, Titmouse, Cat and Mockers, Robins and Cardinals. A mystery pale yellow bird (not a finch) that I can’t identify, couldn’t get close enough but it was checking me out in our woods, flying ahead of me and following me. I think I was near the nest.

Do you have any owls in your garden or close to home?
Yes! A screech owl nests in our woods. I hear it a lot but have not seen it. I hear Great Horned passing through our woods sometimes, and most recently this elusive but noisy, what I think to be, Barn Owl

Any more info you'd like to share?
So glad I stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and photos. I love the one of the saw whet. What a great pic. I am enjoying hearing and learning from everyone’s contributions and links. I am currently a frustrated owler. Not sure how to go about spotting without disturbing. The new owls are calling outside all night, every night, and now as I speak!

Owlman said...

Hi Chilibean,

Thanks for the nice introduction getting a better sense of people who visit my blog is definitely my favorite part of the blog! Keeping lists is an activity that most ‘serious’ birders engage in. I guess this would be one aspect of the ‘sport’ of birding. If it seems interesting to you then I would recommend starting with a garden list. I’ve been doing that since we moved into our house and we’ll be coming up for 5 years. I get a kick out of adding a new bird to the list. I have yet to start a life list although I threaten to do it on a regular basis…….

Thanks again for the lovely introduction. Hope to see you back soon!

Caroline said...

Hi! So funny to have found you. Not sure, but it sounds like you may live nearby. I'm in Lambertville. What brought me here is an owl I heard last night for the first time! It woke me up around 2am. It sounded like it was just outside my window. I heard another owl responding to it a little farther away. I've never heard an owl before and I'm so excited! I just don't know how to identify it by sound alone. I'd love to be able to see it...but I'm sure that's a longshot. Is there anyway to identify it just by sound? I hope it comes back tonight! :)

Owlman said...

Hi Caroline,

Yes, I'm pretty much around the corner from you. The most likely owls would be Screech and Great Horned. There are several online bird guides that have audio recordings of the bird's call. Here is a link to the Screech owl http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/772/_/Eastern_Screech-Owl.aspx and Great Horned http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/7/_/Great_Horned_Owl.aspx. Let me know if this helps. Hearing an owl at night is an AWESOME experience - enjoy!

Thanks for stopping in and saying hi - much appreciated!

Caroline said...

Well, Owlman...my owl didn't come back last night...not that I heard anyway. :( Thanks for those weblinks...that's a great site. The owl that sounded very close to my window sounded like the Great Horned Owl, but the one that was farther away sounded much like the Spotted Owl...is that possible? Do you think they'll come back again...or was this a one time thrill? :/

Owlman said...

Hi Caroline,

Hearing an owl is based on the luck of the draw. I've heard Screech owls right outside my bedroom window in a river birch and even had them roosting in it. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any rhyme, reason or pattern to when they're around.
As for the Spotted owl, they don’t occur in this area but Barred owls do and they look and sound very similar. If you have some woody areas around you may well have Barred owls around. The cool thing is that they will call back if you use a recording or learn to mimic them well enough. Obviously you don't want to do this anywhere near their nesting season at the beginning of Spring. Barred owls are also known to use owl boxes and my initial inspiration for putting up a Screech owl box was actually based on the amazing experiences of a Barred owl box ‘home owner’ - www.owlcam.com

Keep your eyes open and let me know if you hear any more owls please.

ccarlson42 said...

Hi Owlman,

We just put up a screech owl nestbox about 2 weeks ago. Can't wait to see if we get any takers. Thanks for all of the info.

ccarlson42 said...

Hi Owlman,

Where are you now:
Minnesota
How long have you been birding?
About 10 years
How often do you go birding?
Anytime I leave my house or look out my window
What are your favorite birds?
Tough question I love them all
Whats your rarest bird?
Northern Shrike
Where did you see your rare bird?
Our backyard
What bird would you love to see?
Evening Grosbeak
Whats your favorite spot for birding?
I look for birds where ever I am
Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes
How many birds on your list?
79
Whats the nicest garden bird youve seen?
Great Crested Flycatcher
What birds nest in your garden?
Chickadee, robin, wren, great crested flycatcher, downy woodpecker

We also put up a screech owl nestbox 2 weeks ago. We are excited to see if we get any takers. You have a great blog.

Michael said...

Well it's been a year and we are lucky enough to say, our Great Horned Owls are back! As I type we can hear two calling to eachother in their unmistakable deep hooting. I hope to actually see them someday. As for now, I'm just thrilled that they have returned to our yard!

Owlman said...

Hi Ccarlson,

Thanks so much for the introduction! Sorry it took me so long to reply, but I have been very lazy regarding my blogging. Northern Shrike - AWESOME! One is being seen in NJ at the moment, but I haven't had any time to check it out. Thanks so much for popping in.

Hey Michael,

Wow, you're so lucky to have GHO in your yard! They are hard to come by in this area and I've never heard them in my yard. Please keep me posted.

J. "Kyron" Hanson said...

> Where are you now?

western MA

> How long have you been birding?

15 years

> How often do you go birding?

I'm always birding, even in my dreams, but I make specific birding trips a few times a month nowadays.

> What are your favorite birds e.g woodpeckers, hawks, owls etc?

Hummers, though shorebirds and hawks come close.

> What's your rarest bird you've seen?

Rarest for the ABA area: Fan-tailed Warbler

> Where did you see your rare bird?

At the head of Pine Canyon, Big Bend NP, Texas, Sept. 2007

> What bird would you love to see?

Hah, that list is thousands of species long. But, some of the tropical hummingbirds, and birds of paradise, would be very cool.

> What's your favorite spot for birding?

Pretty much wherever the birds are, preferably somewhere they are unfamilar or new to me.

> Do you keep a life list?

Yep

> How many birds on your list?

about 500 (haven't counted in a while)

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?

No. But, I am working on an escaped exotics list (does not include collections or zoos).

> How many birds on your list?

A few dozen.

> What's the nicest "escaped exotic" bird you've seen?

Black-throated Magpie-Jay in the Rio Grande Valley, 2008. Absolutely gorgeous bird.

> What birds nest in your garden?

Chipping Sparrows, House Finches, etc.

> Do you have any owls in your garden or close to home?

Yes, Great Horned. Just heard two courting a few weeks ago outside the bedroom window.

> Any more info you'd like to share?

I share the dreams I have with birds in them at my blog "Dreambirding - Another Realm of Avian Encounters" http://www.dreambirding.blogspot.com

Owlman said...

Hi there Kyron,

Thanks for popping in and saying hi - much appreciated. I just popped over to your blog and it looks very interesting - good luck with your new venture!

Hope to see you back soon.

Happy blogging,

Owlman.

kevin said...

> Where are you now? Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
> How long have you been birding?
Seriously, about a year...but really...all my life
> How often do you go birding? Daily...
> What are your favorite birds e.g woodpeckers, hawks, owls etc?
Raptors of all kinds
> What's your rarest bird you've seen? I have no idea...
> Where did you see your rare bird?
> What bird would you love to see? Great Gray Owl...Manitoba's Provincial bird
> What's your favorite spot for birding? Oak Hammock Marsh, Fort Whyte Alive, Various cemetaries.
> Do you keep a life list? Photographic
> How many birds on your list? Haven't counted
> Do you keep a garden list of birds? Nope
> How many birds on your list?
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
> What birds nest in your garden?
> Do you have any owls in your garden or close to home? Yes. An screech pair
> Any more info you'd like to share? Thanks for this chance at an intro. You can see my pics up at www.flickr.com/photos/kdkodak stop by, have a look...just posted some pretty good photos of an Eastern Screech male, and a little further in pics of the female in a nest box...

Owlman said...

Hey Kevin.

Winnipeg, Manitoba must be a AMAZING! I would love to make a trip to the Northern Canada some time. Have you been up there at all? I'm totally with you on the Great Gray Owl - that would be right at the top of my list along with Pel's fishing owl.

Awesome pics of the Screech owl! So far I've struck out in my yard....

Thanks for the intro - much appreciated.

Best,

Owlman

tjtompkins@etex.net said...

I have a screech owl box on a 15 ft pole. I live in north east texas on a 11 acre very wooded lot.
Have been watching 2 babies in the box for several evenings.

Tonight they flew down to some dog wood trees. My wife and I got to watch the excitement as one baby pushed the sibling out of the box.
Then a minute later he flew out to another tree. One is brown, the other is gray. Got some great pictures. Parents are doing a good job of feeding them.
I am planning to put up another box on the opposite end of the property.

We love our owls and woodpeckers.
We leave dead trees standing for the pileated and redbellied wood peckers.

Katie Woodmansee said...

We found your blog while searching for owl pictures and I am hoping you can help us. The front page of the Steamboat Today June 23rd, 2010 issue, www.steamboatpilot.com, has a great picture of two immature (I think) owls. Can you identify them? Our office is located just across from the tree and we are really curious about the type of owl.

Owlman said...

Can you send me the direct link? I had a look today but couldn't find the owls.

Natural Lands Trust said...

My name is Chelsea Mathers and I work for the communications department at Natural Lands Trust. We are a non-profit organization that obtains and sustains nature preserves throughout Southern NJ and Eastern PA. I came upon your blog and noticed you have listings for birding hotspots! We have two preserves in New Jersey (one in Millville and one in Newport) which are open to the public, free of charge, every day from dawn until dusk. Both of these preserves have been listed as “Important Birding Areas” and there are many birding outlooks on the trails.
I’d love to have Natural Lands Trust listed on your blog so that people have information about these great natural resources! Below is a link to our homepage and a link to our blog. I can also send you over a detailed map if you would like to add us. Please let me know what other information you may need and I look forward to following your posts!

www.natlands.org

http://www.natlands.org/category/preserves-to-visit/blog/

Thanks!
Chelsea Mathers

Owlman said...

Hi Chelsea,

Thanks much for the info. I will definitely cross post. Are there any good habitat areas for owls?

Chelsea said...

Thanks so much for adding us to your sidebar! We love to let people know about our preserves. You asked where you can find great owl habitats? And honestly, ALL of our preserves are great for this! You can check out this link to read one of our blogs about owls - This particular one was spotted at our Hildacy Preserve which is also where our main headquarters is located.

http://www.natlands.org/tag/great-horned-owl/

Enjoy!

Christy Jolle said...

Hi! I found your blog while looking for info on breeding for Eastern Screech Owls. I live outside of Atlanta and although I don't go out on birding expeditions I have been enjoying the variety of birds in my woodsy backyard for years. I also have indoor birds, cockateils and finches. Anyway, several years ago my husband was looking out of his 3rd floor bathroom window and spooted a brightly plumaged duck in a tree. Excited, we looked it up and found it was a Wood Duck. We had an old Cockateil nesting box in a tree and apparently that is what attracted the Wood Duck. Although the female nested in there, we never saw the ducklings launch. Fast forward a few years, we built three large nesting boxes and installed two with cameras. Last year we had three Wood Duck launchings! What does this have to do with owls? Well, it's fall and this morning I saw something sitting in the doorway of the one box that doesn't have a camera. It was a roufous Eastern Screech Owl. Yay! Not sure if it will decide to nest in there in the spring but it will be interesting to see what will happen when the Wood Ducks show up in March. I also have Pileated Wood Peckers who feed their young from my suet feeder but have never been able to claim a nesting box before the Wood Ducks moved in. One box has a Nortern Flicker roosting in it every night. Last year he was booted out by the Wood Duck when she came for the annual nest-athon.
We did have a Screech Owl nest in the original Cockateil box years ago but have not seen one since. That Cockateil box saw more births than I can remember, including squirrels. Good luck with your owl quest. From one bird fan to another.

Owlman said...

Thanks for stopping in Christy.

Jim Fisher said...

Love the site, Very new to blogging. Love owls - My name is Jim from the U.K. Hello to you all :)

Incredible photos shared by the Flickr community group - Owls of North America. Click on the play button to begin the slideshow - ENJOY!