|2017 holiday card with original image by Anne Mitchell|
2017 has been the year of the owl around our house so I felt compelled to include one on our holiday card. A barred owl has become a frequent nighttime visitor and, yes, it is barred owl, not a barn owl. The similar sounding names are often confused. There are more than 225 owl species in the world, divided into two families. Barred owls belong to the family Strigidae and the barn owl to the family Tytonidae. The differences between the two owls include shape, size and coloring, the calls they make, the way they hunt and their habitats. If you hear “who-cooks-for-you,” then you are hearing the call of the barred owl. Lucky you.
The holiday season is upon us. I wish you and yours much joy. Fly high.