August 12, 2007
Owls in the Woods!
We saw two owls today!!! Right here in Seattle... in the woods in the Arboretum.
This might not seem like much... except that my spouse, the birder, has been obsessed with seeing an owl for years.... without ever seeing one.
So imagine the wonder of walking through a city park, on a bright summer morning and having a giant owl come swooping past overhead, mobbed by a dozen cawing crows. And even odder, I was just at that moment talking about owls.
And then another owl swooped past!
All in all it was an incredible rarity to see two owls in the daytime, at a low perch near a trail!
And even luckier, I brought the camera along...
They just sat there for about 20 minutes... once the crows finally left them alone. It was wonderful... and totally unexpected. That's the weird thing about birding... you never know what might happen.
Owls are such mysterious gorgeous birds....
We went back to look for the owls again today... and they were right back on the same branch again! They have no fear of people... as we stood there watching them for 30 minutes just 15 feet away.
Owls are so much like cats! They even do the grooming and stretching of legs and cleaning up their ruffs... just like cats. By the way... these are Barred Owls.