The Barn Owl seen here is from the Hungry Owl Project foster box program at the Marin Art and Garden Center. It was caught on a Trap Cam placed to monitor owl activity. More info at: Hungryowl.org
On October 16, 2013 XplorMor was hiking the southern and western portion of Lake Casitas Recreational Area and Park when we saw a beautiful Barn Owl fly by.
Seen flying over several times, flushed from the treetops; never seen clearly, but pale white color and face mask seen well enough to identify it as this species,
Found next to center divider on shoulder of fast lane. HWY 1
Barn-owls (family Tytonidae) are one of the two families of owls, the other being the true owls, Strigidae. They are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long, strong legs with powerful talons. They also differ from Strigidae in structural details relating in particular to the sternum and feet.