Three young owls from the 50651 were spotted recently, taking advantage of a street puddle and turning it into a makeshift bird bath. As many as ten different species of owls exist in Iowa and these youngsters appear to be one of the most common, the barred owl. Owls are nocturnal birds of prey who typically prefer a woodland environment, but can also be found where trees mingle with grassy fields. While this trio has been observed making the rounds in several La Porte City neighborhoods, area mice, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons and even domestic birds, food prized by these small mammal hunters, would be wise to remain on high alert, particularly in the early evening and overnight hours. Photo courtesy of Marcia Snook.