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.