My first encounter with a baby barred owl. Although he’s almost grown up, he still has a little fuzz. This bird just stole my heart. I had been at Lettuce Lake park for almost two hours and was walking back to the parking area when a very nice guy just said “Hey, I just saw an owl fly into that tree right there.” I had looked everywhere in that area when I first got there looking for the owls and didn’t find them. I walked down the path and at first I saw the parent that had just flown in. I was watching it for a few minutes when I noticed a few trees over was the baby. Looking right at me. He was a little ways into the woods so these are all cropped up.
I thought he was curious about something on the tree. He hunched down getting closer to the branch.
He then closed his eyes and took a short nap right there. I walked around the area for a while. I saw a hummingbird go by me and looked around for a long time trying to find it. It went deeper in the woods so I lost it.
I came back over to the napping owl and he was just waking up. A loud hawk flew overhead and he looked up to see it.
Then he was fully awake.
I don’t know if this was a sneeze or the end of a yawn but he made a funny face.
He started investigating around the branch.
He was probably thinking “What are these big yellow things?”
“Hey, I can hold something with these big yellow things.” It looked like he was eating a leaf.
The parent was a few trees down keeping an eye on things. I finally left an hour later than I should have but what a great way to spend that hour.
What started out as a boring birding trip ended up being one of the best times I’ve had in a while. Watching that cute baby owl was the highlight of the trip. As I stood on the trail watching the owl deep in the woods, people were walking by heading to the canoe launch. Everyone would ask me what I was looking at. I would show them the owl up in the tree. A few people got really excited. A handful said “Yeh, I see owls here all the time.” It’s funny how different people react to birds.
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