Several evenings while out walking, I could hear the loud, clear call of a barred owl off in the distance across a field. This evening, I spotted a large bird soaring along from tree to tree on the road up ahead. I walked quietly to the last spot where I saw it land, and was excited to see its large eyes looking back at me through the branches.
“But the owls themselves are not hard to find, silent and on the wing, with their ear tufts flat against their heads as they fly and their huge wings alternately gliding and flapping as they maneuver through the trees …” ~Mary Oliver
14 thoughts on “Barred Owl”
We do not have Barred Owls out here, so it’s nice to see an excellent photo of one.
Thank you! Hearing them is almost as much fun as seeing them. I like to hear the deep sound they make as it carries through the woods.
We like listening to the Great Horned Owls hooting to each other. They often sit in the trees on out property and hoot in surround sound through the night.
That would be neat to listen to!
What fun to see, Rebecca! You got a great capture!
Thanks, Ellen! They’re beautiful birds!
Beautiful sighting and capture!
I’d be excited to see that owl too Rebecca. I’ve still not seen one in the wild – the closest I got was that tufted owl in the enclosure at the Nature Center a few weeks ago. I understand the Michigan Metroparks are going to have night treks as people want to see owls, bats and flying squirrels. I’d like to see an owl, but am not quite that brave to do a trek in the dark.
This is only the third time I’ve seen one in the wild. I’m not sure why this one was flying about so. It was dusk, so maybe he was out hunting. The night trek sounds like fun, but I can’t blame you if you don’t want to be out at night.
thats one type of bird I see very rarely Rebecca….Owls! But when you consider they are usually nocturnal its not surprising that they are not seen more often.
Very true! I often here them in the woods but very rarely see one.
I think their natural colourings camouflage them. We probably walk past one from time to time and never know they were there I bet.
So true. I wouldn’t have know this one was around except I saw it flying from tree to tree.