Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Barred Owl (Strix varia), as seen at Blackwater... More of Larry's photos are
on disply at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Stop in and see some others
or purchase one or two to take home.
The first description of a Barred Owl was published in 1799 by amateur naturalist Benjamin Smith Barton.
In Latin, "varia" is a form of the word "varius", meaning diverse. It has also been known as Northern Barred Owl,
Swamp Owl, Striped Owl, Hoot Owl, Eight hooter, Round-headed Owl, Le Chat-huant du Nord
(French for "The Hooting Cat of the North"), Wood Owl, and Rain Owl. It is also mistakenly known as a Bard Owl.
Photo by Larry Hitchens
Or see more of his quality shots at Flickr