Three Owl Day in Central Park

On Friday, 23 November 2012, and on days immediately following, it was possible to see three owl species in the Park, an extremely rare occurrence.

1) Barred Owl continues west of the Great Lawn.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl (Photo credit: Bob from Caledon)

If you want some great video footage and photos of the Barred Owl, see Bruce Yolton’s last post and his previous post on UrbanHawks.

2) Great Horned Owl appears SW of Azalea Pond, S of the Gill. It has moved around since then.

English: Great horned owl

Great Horned Owl

3) Northern Saw-whet Owl continues in the Shakespeare Garden area. On 25 November a possibly different Saw-whet was reported at Conservatory Garden after being loudly harassed by a variety of other birds.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Remember if you go to see any of these owls, but in particular the Northern Saw-whet, which tends to roost much lower in trees than the other two, keep a respectful distance. The Saw-whet tends to stay still when approached, a defense against predators that look for motion. Do not be fooled into thinking the owl likes having a human being near it.

–David Barrett