Barred Owl

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

  1. 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.

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