Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
Species: virginianus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
Mesa, Arizona
Saint Petersburg, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Anna, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Melbourne, Kentucky
Halifax, Massachusetts
Hamel, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Oxford, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Plano, Texas (2 reports)
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Members' Notes:


On Jan 2, 2012, joycemarie1212 from Plano, TX wrote:

The sight of a juvenile Great Horned Owl parked high on a patio brick column caused me to retreat hastily before my presence frightened him or her away. It spent the day there; by the next morning dawn, it was gone. Spotting feathers, I climbed a ladder thinking with trepidation that the little thing had found a resting place to die. Instead, a beheaded juvenile mockingbird remained. The event happened in early December 2011, and, although I hear owls in the distant wooded areas, the juvenile owl I sighted has yet to honor me with its presence again . . . alas.


On Mar 12, 2009, sonnet from Hamel, MN wrote:

We live on the outer edge of the suburbs in Minnesota and have a gorgeous one living in our backyard. We have enjoyed the sound and sight of 'our owl' the past 3 years. (S)he is definitely more active in summertime, but we have heard him/her in winter as well.


On Feb 8, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

They are adaptable to urban area but still strongly prefers large areas with natural habitation - often a large not mown park that have both forests and open areas where they can hunt a wide variety of preys. Those near houses or other urban areas may be teenagers wandering or short distance migrantary. I have seen at least one at Bunker Hill Park in the Twin Cities. I tend to see at least one once a year or maybe every second or third year.