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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barn-owl the commonest of British owls
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bere-ern, contracted bern, from bere, barley, ern, a house.


In literature:

They all looked there like peacocks, while I looked like a barn-owl.
"Foma Gordyeff" by Maxim Gorky
Secondly there are two owls, representing the short-eared and white barn-owls of Europe.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
MADGE-HOWLET or OWL, barn-owl.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
MADGE-HOWLET or OWL, barn-owl.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
Nearly allied to the Strix flammea, or Barn Owl of England.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
MADGE-HOWLET or OWL, barn-owl.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
MADGE-HOWLET or OWL, barn-owl.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
MADGE-HOWLET or OWL, barn-owl.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
The barn owl lays its eggs in the places which it inhabits.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
In about a month or so after it was finished, a pair of barn owls came and took up their abode in it.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
I would here venture a surmise, that the barn owl sleeps standing.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Otherwise, with my Rush Silencer, we might's well have shooed an owl out of a barn.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Anything that the barn owl wants from me, or from any farmer, should at once be offered to it, on a silver tray.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The Barn Owl is mentioned in Professor Ansted's list, and restricted to Guernsey and Sark.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
I have been out in the barn, and an owl has crow'd at me!
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
One of our most odd-looking birds is the Barn Owl.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
It was the barn owl starting on her rounds.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
I have been out into the barn, and an owl has crow'd at me!
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
I have been out in the barn, and an owl has crow'd at me!
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
THIS is a small family of which we have but one member in America, the AMERICAN BARN OWL.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

All but blind
In the burning day,
The barn owl
Blunders on her way.
"All But Blind" by Walter de la Mare
The little Boy in the Barn,
Lay down on some hay.
The Owl came out,
And flew about,
And the little Boy ran away.
"Dame Fidget And Her Silver Penny" by Clara Doty Bates
Beasts gave tongue and barn-owls hooted,
Every branch grew loud
With the menace of that crowd,
That thronged the dark, huge as a thundercloud.
"The Rising of Glyndwr" by R S Thomas
Some nights are made for crying,
Nights when the moon is lost
And owls call from the big barn eave,
Oh that a lad should love and leave,
And a lass alone pay the cost.
"Girl To Her Chance-Bairn" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

A young Barn Owl (Tyto alba) turns its head upside down in its nest in a palm tree east of Berkeley, California.
San Marco's Famous Barn Owl .
A San Marcos couple set up a owl barn with an attached 24hour webcam and waited.
Ecologists hope barn owl takes to Fermilab.
After four years of working to save the endangered barn owl, experts hope the rarely seen birds will make a comeback in Illinois.
Literature Barn Owl Records Launches New Literary Magazine, The Boisean.
San Marco's Famous Barn Owl.
After four years of working to save the endangered barn owl, experts hope the rarely seen birds will make a comeback in Illinois.
The barn owl father has been missing since Friday night, Pete DeSimone, ranch manager, said.
The baby barn owls were hatched earlier this month.
The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center, the Sequim-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation non-profit, has successfully rescued eight newborn barn owls and introduced them to adult barn owl foster parents who have accepted them as their own.
Shorebirds, raptors, ducks, Lesser Goldfinch, Barn Owl, and Anna's Hummingbird are among the many great birds that rely on this coastal wetland east of Santa Barbara.
Barn Owl The Darkest Night Since 1683 Lost In The Glare Thrill Jockey Records.
Wooden Shjips and Barn Owl celebrate Thrill Jockey's 20th, Eliyahu Sills' reed flute record, the Babies and Antibalas return.
It is not uncommon for barn and screech owls as well as raccoons and squirrels to seek shelter from the weather in a chimney that is not in use.

In science:

Adaptation in the auditory space map of the barn owl.
Dynamic State Estimation Based on Poisson Spike Trains: Towards a Theory of Optimal Encoding