There’s a barn owl in that old barn!

We’ve been seeing owl pellets on the floor of the old barn, but we’ve not seen the owl…until yesterday.

When we opened the main doors and turned on the lights, we disturbed a barn owl roosting on the top beam in the barn.  We turned off the lights and exited, but not before identifying the owl as a barn owl.

“The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds” according to Wikipedia.  Our open fields provide great hunting conditions for this owl, allowing it to fly slowly over the fields as it seeks out small rodents.

Want to learn more about owl pellets?  Try “Dirty Jobs: Owl Vomit Collector” on the Discovery Channel!

About Tom Salzer 45 Articles
Tom has worked with conservation districts since 1992, managing district operations and providing statewide help on governance, technology, and accountability issues. He has been a board director of a state association of conservation districts and the president of a statewide employee's association. Tom is the General Manager for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.