25 January 2009

Sunday morning owl-blogging


Two owls have taken up residence outside Second-born Son's classroom.   The children are very excited about this.  There was originally just one, whom the kids named "Moonface."  Then a second one joined the first and was, accordingly, dubbed "Sunface."  The teacher snapped this pic through the classroom window.

So, any ornithologists out there?   What sort of owls are these?   I'm too lazy to look it up.

PS.   Owls always make me laugh, ever since I learned that one of the original (rejected) names for Monty Python's Flying Circus was "Owl-stretching time."   That name was later used as an episode title.   It still brings a smile to my face.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

spotted owls? save a logger, eat a spotted owl.

Bardiac said...

Looks like a Long-eared Owl to me.

If they had a white "bib" and a rounder face, I'd think Great Horned Owl, but these look like Long-Eared to me.

About 16 inches tall (rather than 25")?

Anonymous said...

I also think Long-Eared Owl.

medstudentitis said...

I have no idea what kind of owl's these are, I just wanted to say how cool it is to see nature first hand like that especially outside a classroom! I have a new friend I visit near my house who is a beaver (and no, not the naughty kind) and it has renewed my sense of awe in nature. Amazing.

Alison Cummins said...

I recently learned that in Mandarin, an owl is a "cat-headed eagle." Which I think is lovely.

j said...

http://www.owlpages.com/owls.php?genus=Asio&species=otus

also looks like long eared, but I'm not an orni

all but 1 said...

Long-eared - I've been lucky enough to treat one of these birds at work - flew into a car and sustained head trauma. You haven't seen anisocoria until you're seen owl anisocoria. It's amazing what mannitol, analgesics and time in a dark, quiet, warm cage can do for an owl.