Yesterday afternoon while driving out of the neighborhood after doing some work there, I saw this very small Great Horned Owl, with darker than usual coloration. This was the first time I'd seen this guy. I call it a guy, assuming that it is a male. Male Great Horned Owls are known to be substantially smaller than females. At first, I almost thought this was a Western Screech Owl he was so small.
Below is the first Great Horned Owl nest I watched at Avimor. The nest was just above eye level and just feet away from the paved trail. I was surprised that they nested there, but a couple of young owls successfully fledged from it.
The owl I have seen most consistently this past summer, fall, and winter is pictured below and I think is the same owl on the right in the picture above based on the color pattern. The facial disk coloration also seems to vary between individuals and has helped me recognize them.
I've also had Juncos with all white tail feathers, House Finches and Mourning Doves with a unique and individually recognizable traits. Do you have recognizable individual birds in your patch or even in your backyard? If so, which species and what about that bird make it recognizable to you?