On our way to where we thought we heard the Great Horned Owl, I spotted a roosting Barred Owl. Pointing up in its direction, I calmly motioned to Dottie, "There's a Barred Owl right up there!" We were both incredibly thrilled to have such an intimate view of the bird. Urban legend has it that having an owl in your dream symbolizes wisdom, insight, and virtue. As I digiscoped the sleepy owl, I pondered whether or not birds dream. Apparently, they may! What might a Barred Owl dream about? Eating? Flying through the dense woods? Encounters with other birds or animals? Or perhaps a woods free of mobbing crows!
As we tallied up our list for my eBird entry, we noticed we hadn't encountered a Blue Jay all morning. That seemed a bit strange. Usually they're all over the place along the creek corridor. I finally saw one on my way home, flying across Pheasant Branch Road toward the Conservancy Condos where there are lots of bird feeders.
Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 2/7/10
Number of species: 28
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Barred Owl © 2010 Mike McDowell