Barred Owl (Strix varia). Photo by Ashley Hockenberry.
Greater Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa). Photo by Richard Jackson.
The Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) is a small owl with a short tail and a very large head. There are no ear tufts, and they have very large, yellow eyes. Their facial disc has a lot of white around the eyes with brown, grey and whitish streaks on the edge. The majority of the head is brown to grey brown. They have white streaking on their foreheads. Their bodies are covered in fluffy, brown or red- brown feathers with spots on their backs.
The Barred owl (Strix varia) is one of 4 species with dark eyes and is also known as the Hoot owl. It gray-brown in color and is medium in size. The chest is patterned with horizontal white bars and vertical bars on the belly. They are of the typical owl family, exhibiting round facial discs that are white to brown in color with dark brown edging. Males and females exhibit the same coloring.
Barred Owl - Strix varia | The Aviary at Owls.com - Barred
We're pretty sure that the owl keeping watch over our property is a Tawny Owl. Not positive, but 90% sure. "Its nocturnal habits and eerie, easily imitated call, have led to a mythical association of the Tawny with bad luck and death." (wiki) Great! "The Tawny Owl or Brown Owl (Strix aluco) is a stocky, medium-sized owl commonly found in woodlands across much of Eurasia. This owl is non-migratory and highly territorial." (wiki)
Tawny Owl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia