Birding Notes

Reflections on birds and other wildlife on the edge of a southern woodland

Monday, August 18, 2008

Barred Owl on Deck

While we were out of town, our four-year-old granddaughter, Tallulah, spotted a Barred Owl sitting on the rail of our back deck early Saturday evening. Her father, Darby, took this picture through the window screen. The Owl flew before he could get a photo from outside – but they saw it well enough to identify. It stayed nearby in trees on the edge of the woods for the rest of Saturday evening, where Darby, Tallulah and our daughter-in-law, Jenny, saw it in two or three different spots.

I’ve been watching for it ever since we got back. So far it hasn’t come back to the deck or the nearby trees, and we haven’t heard it calling. But I’m still hoping. And I’m proud of Tallulah’s sharp eyes and interest in birds! She was the one who saw it first, and she knew immediately it was an owl.


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