Barred Owl

(Strix varia)

Status: Vagrant. Last recorded on site in 2021
Breeding Status:-
2012-2016: Possible but not likely

The Patuxent web-site provides more general information about this species.
At this time of year, this species is rare on site.

This southern owl species was added to the site list on the 2009 Christmas Bird Count. A single individual responded to a screech owl recording in the north west corner of the big woods. The same thing happened on the 2011 Christmas count except that this time there were two birds that responded and at least one of them was relocated several times over the next several months. Since then they have been found regularly on site, mainly in the Big Woods.

Photographer: Marcia Nye.