Young Barred Owls

I’ve been seeing a family of Barred Owls on my evening walks this summer.
barred owl
There are at least two young owls. Easy to spot each night because they are constantly screeching. I’m assuming because they want food from their parents, like other young birds I’ve watched.

young barred owl
barred owls

Five Fun Owl Facts

One fun part about this project is learning about the owls I draw, all the different species, the places they live, and the unique behaviors and characteristics. Here’s a little list of some interesting owl facts, illustrated with some of my past drawings.

1. Burrowing Owls catch food in a variety of ways including chasing it across the ground on foot. They will also swoop down from the air or a perch or catch prey in mid flight.

burrowing owl drawing

2. The Great Gray Owl’s scientific name, Strix nebulosa, means nebulous, clouded, or foggy. This owl is often described as ghostlike, it’s coloring camouflages it in the lichen covered trees of the northern boreal forests where it lives.

great gray owl drawing
3.  Great Gray Owls are the longest owl from head to tail, although the Great Horned Owl weighs more, and the Snowy Owl weighs about twice as much. Much of the Great Gray Owl’s bulk comes from its feathers which helps it survive in the cold forests of the north.

4. Owls that nest in tree cavities rely on reusing old nest holes created by woodpeckers. The small Northern-Pygmy Owl prefers Hairy Woodpecker nests. Woodpeckers are a keystone species that provide nesting cavities for many other species as well, including bluebirds, pine martens, squirrels, ducks, and other small birds and mammals.

owl pinecones art

5. Saguaro cacti provide nesting sites for many types of owls and birds. Elf Owls, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, and Western Screech Owls will use old woodpecker holes in saguaros and Great Horned Owls may nest in the crook of the cacti. Nests in these cacti have the added benefit of protective spines.

owls coyotes desert drawing

Hope you enjoyed reading! If you want to check out some more interesting facts check out my previous post, 10 Fun Owl Facts.

2015 Owl Calendar

This year’s owl calendar is now up in the shop! All new illustrations from past years, plus some brand new illustrations that I will be featuring here on the blog over the next couple weeks.

2015 owl calendar

I always have fun selecting and drawing the different months. Have any favorites? I’m a little partial to July this year.

owl wall calendar 2015

You can find them in the shop here:

Illustrated Owl Memory Game

owl art memory game
I loved playing memory games growing up. I had these owl memory game sets printed, and they’re now up in my shop!
25 different illustrations (50 cards), featuring various owls and their environments.

Packed in a little sturdy box, great for storage or travel.

You can find them or read more details in my shop here:

owl memory game