Image name: BarredOwletSnowflake

Barred Owl chick, Spring Creek, Richardson/Garland, Texas

This young Barred Owl is one of two chicks produced by the adult pair exhibited here. I call this chick Snowflake because, like her father, she has noticeably lighter colored feathers which makes her easier to spot in the dark forest canopy. At this age she only can fly short distances. By the end of summer she will have all of her flight feathers and will be indistinguishable from adults, able to hunt on her own after being taught by her mother. In this photograph she is watching her mother who is on a higher branch.