There was a small owl on my barn a few nights ago. It was very cold
outdoors, so I guess it came in to warm up. It was sitting on a wall
mounted hay feeder, and did not seem concerned that I was near it. I
was feeding my horses, and I was about 8 feet away from it, when I saw
it. I got as close as about 3 feet, just to look at it. I did not want
to scare it outdoors in this cold so I did not get closer.
It stood about 7 inches tall, had a face looking almost like a house
cat, with large eyes and ears a little more narrow than a cat, but about
as long (tall), compared to body size. The face was flat, just like a
cat too. The body was about as thick as that of a common pigeon, and
had stripes on it. It was a cute little critter.....
At one point, one of my horses came over by me to see if I had any
treats, and the owl moved it's head and followed the horse, and it did
thee same when I moved, but it did not seem scared.
I'm trying to identify the breed. There is a website with 18 owl
photos, I have eliminated all the ones that lack ears, and a few more
with bizarre looking faces.
The one which looks the closest is the "Eastern screech owl", but that
site dont tell their size...,..
THe "Eurasian eagle owl", and "Great horned owl" also have a similar
look, but those are both large owls, so I can eliminate them.
This owl (the one i saw) was seen in the Midwest, USA.
Any idea what I had in my barn?