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Evening Walk with Owl and Moon

November 12, 2010

I went for a walk around our neighborhood last evening… Forest Knolls is easy night-time walking. Good sidewalks. Bright but not oppressive lighting. A dramatic crescent moon setting over a theatrical city-lights backdrop.

And a barn owl, flying overhead. They’re very silent, so I can’t say what made me look up, but there it was, winging its way over the neighborhood. It may have been hunting, but I think it was just checking the place out.

It’s easy to tell a barn owl from a great horned owl — our other neighborhood owl —  even in the dark, even in flight. A barn owl appears white, and its head looks round. It’s sometimes called a “ghost owl.” It doesn’t have the “ears” or “horns” that a great horned owl has. It also flies more nimbly. Rodents, beware!

The picture here isn’t the owl I saw; that was moving too fast for my camera and my reflexes. It’s a public domain picture that I’ve tweaked to make it somewhat similar to that owl. I wonder if this was the same owl I saw some weeks ago on Twin Peaks.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2011 8:32 pm

    I love Barn Owls, by far my favorite owl (and I’m a HUGE owl lover)! However I’m from Ohio, and Ohio isn’t known for it’s barn owls, we have our share of barren, great horned, and screech (along with a few others but those three our are biggest population). Actually in Ohio the Barn Owl is on the endangered list. So you can imgaine how shocked, and happy I was to notice a pair of barn owls flying around my farm this past fall!! I think I honestly cried with happiness! They are beautiful in flight, and to watch! I have since spotted four other barn owls in two different counties in Ohio! I’m hoping that it’s a great sign!

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