BARN OWL

Barn Owl recently fledged, San Nicolas Island, 2013


BARN OWL (Tyto abla)

Barn Owls are the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. Barn Owls are residents on most California Channel Islands. They are found on all eight California Channel Islands, although historic specimens collected prior to 1950 are few.


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SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island Paul Collins SBMNH April 25, 1979 SBMNH-AV-23175 Tyto alba Eggs



SANTA CATALINA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island Dave Garcelon SBMNH December 1984 SBMNH-OS-3383 Tyto alba Birds



SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

1907 Santa Cruz Island:Strix pratincola. American Barn Owl,. Mr. Willett secured one specimen, November 20.” [“At 11:30 p.m., November 19, 1907, my father (H. Linton), Mr. George Willett, and myself left San Pedro harbor in a dilapidated fishing smack and in company with a crawfisherman, one “Cold-foot” Jorgensen. We arrived off the south end of Santa Cruz Island at 10:30 the following day during a stiff norwester. For various reasons we were unable to make camp until the 22nd. It may not be amiss to state here that twice during the blow we were nearly wrecked: once while at anchor in Potatoe Harbor, a broken anchor allowing the boat to drift within the breaker line and nearly onto the rocks. In this instance the timely arrival of Willett and H. Linton in a small boat, saved the day, and incidentally the fishing smack. At another time (the engine having broken down) we were blown nearly onto the rocks of Anacapa Island; but with father at the wheel and Willett and I on the “sheet” we managed to hold her off. I mention the foregoing, and the many sleepless nights spent on the rocky shores, “running” the surf several times each day (with attendant duckings), etc., merely as a warning to those who seem inclined to believe a field naturalist’s life “strewn with roses”. (Its ’ generally strewn with cacti!)”]
Linton, C. B. Notes from Santa Cruz Island] The Condor 10(3):124-129, May 1908


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island William S. Bryant MCZ 1893 MCZ-43166 Tyto alba Birds



SANTA ROSA ISLAND

1927 Santa Rosa Island:Tyto pratincola. Barn Owl. Two birds were flushed out of a cave on April 3 by Carriger and DeGroot, and some boys from the headquarters ranch described the birds to Howard as living in the top of the tank house.” [“Through the generosity of Mr. Silsby M. Spalding who placed at our disposal his splendid cruiser Padariva I the writer accompanied by H. W. Carriger, Dudley DeGroot and 0. W. Howard was enabled to spend the period from March 25 to April 5, 1927, inclusive, among the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California.”]
Pemberton, J. R. Additions to the known avifauna of the Santa Barbara Islands The Condor 30(2):144-148, March-April 1928


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Rosa Island Paul Collins SBMNH July 15, 1988 SBMNH-OS-3751 Tyto alba Birds
Santa Rosa Island Paul Collins SBMNH July 15, 1988 SBMNH-OS-3752 Tyto alba Birds



ISLA SAN MARTIN

1913 Isla San Martin:Aluco pratincola. Barn Owl. My father flushed a “big yellow owl” from a blow-hole in the lava on the south side.” Wright, H. W.The Birds of San Martin Island, Lower California The Condor 15(6):207-210, November-December, 1913