Could this be some kind of owl?

by Debra
(Lakewood, CO USA)

I live on the front range of Colorado near Denver. I came downstairs at 5 a.m. today (May 31)and found this roundish brown and white mottled bird sitting on my porch rail. The brown & white almost look like a checkerboard pattern they were so clearly delineated. I had to take the pix from inside the house and it isn't as clear as it should be. He sat there until 8:30 when my husband went onto the porch.


This bird took up about 8 inches of the porch rail including his tail feathers. Tail feathers were pure dark brown. He was about 4-5 inches tall, but he sat scrunched up so I'm sure he is taller when standing. His eyes are deep, dark brown and his beak almost disappears into his breast feathers when he sits. He opened one eye, but never both. He had a pretty good wing span for a small bird. He's very round...sorry I don't know bird description words. An owl of some kind? Was he migrating through or could he live in the tall trees in the gulch located less than a 1/4 mile away?

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Jun 19, 2014
Thanks, Brook NEW
by: Debra

We haven't seen our feathered friend since that day, but I have become more convinced it was an owl. Sorry the pix didn't show. He was a great looking creature.

Jun 19, 2014
could this be some kind of owl NEW
by: Brook

tips for an owl: *4-5 inches tall *scrunched up *one eye open at a time *brown and white with distinct pattern * beak disappearing into chest

Jun 01, 2014
Thanks NEW
by: Debra

Thanks for your comment. Not sure why you can't see the pic. I can see it from my computer...I'll check again to be sure.

What tips you off that it could be an owl?
d

Jun 01, 2014
could this be some kind of owl? NEW
by: Brook

No pic shows on your post. I'm not from your area and don't know a lot about owls to ID it but it most definitely sounds like an owl. Hopefully someone who knows more will solidify my observation and give you a specific ID on the species.

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