Owls from the order Strigiformes are predominantly nocturnal birds of prey.  They have a typical upright stance, large broad head,  binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons and feathers adapted for silent flight.  The coloration of the owl’s plumage plays a key role in its ability to sit still and blend into the environment, making it nearly invisible to prey. Owls tend to mimic the coloration and sometimes the texture patterns of their surroundings with few exceptions.

Even though some of my birds are not portfolio worthy I continue to keep them for a reference record for me in my birding  journey.  It’s good to have something to refer back to for comparison and identification.