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Barred Owl Encounter

posted Nov 30, 2008, 11:56 AM by Kathleen Peters   [ updated Nov 30, 2008, 12:08 PM ]
This afternoon I had the most wonderful experience of seeing a barred owl!  I have seen them before, but only in glimpses.  I saw this one fly across the road and land in the crook of a tree branch.  I slowly approached it and was only about 20 feet away when he turned to me.  I tried to take in all the details that I could ... mostly I noticed his eyes were jet black and he was able to stare so intently at me that I began to feel vulnerable.  He looked very serious, somber and he was most haunting.  His beak was a mustard yellow and his velvet wings were dappled with brown, black and white.  I so desperately want to keep him etched in my mind.  I am sure you will understand when you see some felted owls coming along.  
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