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Old 12-09-2011   #1
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Default Ideal time to catch owl? Mid Atlantic NE

Just a general question if anyone knows around that time range would be the optimal to spot owls? I have only had two encounters in the past 4yrs in the wild. Both encounters where early morning. So I was wondering what is there natural habitat in the north east do they like do they prefer wooded areas or corn fields?

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My limited experience says in thick forest at sunrise or sunset. That's out in the plains, I've only passed through the north east.
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Provo - the answer is it depends. Owls are frequently the busiest a night, the y like to hunt with the cover of night. That said they are most active and visible the hours around sun rise and sun set.

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While I've never set out to shoot any, around here when you see them it's usually on the edge of the woods at the end of the afternoon. It's not terribly uncommon this time of year for me to see them sitting in the road. I thought I was gonna hit one the other night!
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Cool thanks for the info everyone will have to see if I spot any around these times
reason I had also asked is because talking to 1 photographer I ran into gave me two locations for horned owls and its not even 5 miles away from the house
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Most owls are most active at dawn and dusk. Though many will hunt all night, they are most hungry and willing to move around during these times. It's ironic that you will also see the most activity of diurnal birds of prey at the same time. For owls, they start there hunt when it starts to get dark and are hungry from the day so they are more active in finding food. Then in the morning, their hunting time is drawing to a close so they'll become more active again to get a last meal in before the day starts and they turn in.


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