Saturday, January 10, 2009

Barred owl

One of my favorite things about the dog park lately is seeing this (or some) owl on occasion. I'd heard about him/her for a year, but finally saw him for the first time a few weeks ago and now see him almost every time I go. He/she has a couple typical spots. This is a barred owl. Today I saw two of these owls in close proximity and heard them calling and responding to each other. Amazing. Part of their call is a "who who" like a stereotype of an owl. One was quite a bit larger than the other, so I think they're opposite sex and may be or may become a mating pair. I'm hoping for baby owls in April, though I'll probably not be able to spot them. Seem like a dog park would be a dangerous place to fledge.

I took this photo with my husband's camera and couldn't figure out how to work the zoom, so you'll have to take my word for it that there's an owl there.I'll try to get a better photo some time.


Scooter said...

Time to start "The Daily Owl."

Stephanie said...

Ha! "Today he sat in a tree and turned his head around."