Monday, October 29, 2007

Owl in Newton Centre

Last week, I observed a large owl at dusk in Newton Center. The owl was flying across Beacon Street near Homer, flying towards the Newton Center playground. Based on size, the owl was almost certainly a Great-horned Owl. In Newton, the Screech Owl is our most common owl. Great-horned Owls are probably also year-round residents. The Barred Owl is also fairly common in Massachusetts, but it tends to disappear from more urban landscapes. I have observed the Great-horned Owl in Nahanton Park and the Screech Owl in Cold-spring Park.

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