barn owl

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RUSTY BARN OWL

 

August 6, 2013 (Jamul) – Debra Ekhaml spotted this Barn Owl in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Preserve. “Although the light was flat from clouds and I only had my small camera, you can clearly see he is a rust brown color, and not the usual white for around here,” she writes. “John Martin (F&W Biologist) said this is not unheard of, but very unusual. I thought it was different enough to send in. He was a very stunning bird-his color was just beautiful!”


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WILD BARN OWLS RETURN TO THE GARDEN

 

Source: Water Conservation Garden

File photo of barn owls, by Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Last year, the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon installed a barn owl nesting box to provide a natural way of protecting the gardens from damage, mainly from rabbits because the natural predators were unable to enter the gardens, but the rabbits were. Now, the owls have returned for a second year to raise a family.  

The owls, Hoot and Holla, can be seen 24/7 on the Owlcam at www.thegarden.org/owlcam.

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