Do owls hunt in daylight?

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Do owls hunt in daylight?
« on: 17/08/2011 19:26:36 »
Well, this 'ere owl was today. It swooped down into our back yard a couple of times then returned to this perch. Not sure what it was after - chipmunks possibly, or maybe garter snakes.

I saw a humming bird checking out the owl several times too. It was right in the owl's face, but the owl ignored it!


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Do owls hunt in daylight?
« Reply #1 on: 18/08/2011 11:10:11 »
Some owls are diurnal, but this one looks like an Eastern or Western Screech Owl, which should be nocturnal.

I can only hazard a guess, that if you are having particularly unseasonal cold nights, as we are, their prey are staying below ground more than they would ordinarily do so and therefore coming up to forage over a longer period. If this extension of the foraging period is running into dawn, it might force the owl to hunt over the same longer period.

It would certainly seem that the owl's prey must be in short supply during the night.
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« Reply #2 on: 18/08/2011 17:05:11 »
Ah! Thanks. Yes, it has been a bit cool at night here.

BTW, I'm pretty sure it's a Great Horned owl. It was quite a size.
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