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Barred Owls prefer living in coniferous forests near water source, and wooded swamps. They require dense foliage for daytime roosting, and large trees with cavities for nesting. They are sometimes active on cloudy days, however they are generally nocturnal.
Barred Owls are relatively uncommon in Atlanta. A good place to spot one is by the pond in Fernbank Forest or near the lake in Lullwater Park.