Tomorrow is Worldwide Owl Consciousness Day

Nice horned owl, Frick Park, April 2019 (picture by Steve Gosser)

3 August 2023

August 4 yearly is International Owl Awareness Day. Listed here are a some owls to get you prepared for tomorrow.

The three owls pictured right here dwell in Pittsburgh’s metropolis parks however are laborious to seek out in August. One of the best time of 12 months to see a great-horned owl, above, is in late winter or early spring. Steve Gosser photographed this one in Frick Park in April 2019.

Although barred owls have nested efficiently in Frick Park, I didn’t see any this 12 months. In July 2022 two kids ventured farther from their dad and mom at nightfall, photographed by Charity Kheshgi.

Younger barred owls, Frick Park, July 2022 (picture by Charity Kheshgi)

This roost on the primary path in Schenley Park was one of the best place to seek out an japanese screech-owl in winter, however it has not been used for a number of years. These days hear for offended songbirds to let you know in regards to the owls. They advised me the place to discover a younger japanese screech-owl in early June.

Eastern screech-owl, Schenley Park (photo by Benjamin Haake)
Jap screech-owl, Schenley Park, March 2016 (picture by Benjamin Haake)

Final week I discussed the Eurasian eagle-owl, Flaco, who lives in Central Park, NYC.

This video historical past exhibits Flaco’s early days after he escaped from his enclosure final winter. He’s been thriving ever since.

video by BrutAmerica embedded from YouTube

p.s. In case you’re in Houston, TX visit the International Owl Center for special programs tomorrow.

(pictures by Steve Gosser, Charity Kheshgi and Benjamin Haake)

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