"A Sand County Almanac"

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Who, Who, What Hoot Owl Is That?



Owls have always intrigued me.  As a youngster it was common to hear them calling, but rare to see one.  The eastern screech owl, pictured above, is small in size but it has a large vocabulary that often confuses those hearing one for the first time.

The largest owl in our area is the great horned owl.  We have had a pair using our yard for a number of years.  Being able to listen to them, and catch an occasional glimpse, is something we treasure...





Just a couple of days ago, I came upon a barred owl that was so intently scanning the ground for prey that I thought it had failed to noticed me...



When it looked up I was quickly relieved of that notion...



It went back to watching the ground for so long I thought it may have dozed off...





It suddenly snapped awake, and flew silently to a vole that only it could hear...



It then left with it's prize; likely to feed chicks or it's mate...



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