The last time I saw a Barred Owl in Kokanee Creek Park was a dozen years ago. Subsequently, I have seen a few Pygmy Owls and even Great Horned Owls there, but not a Barred. So, it was unexpected today when I spotted a protruding telephoto lens — a sure sign that there was something interesting to be seen. The camera belonged to a friend who had a Barred Owl in his sights.
The Barred Owl lives year-round in mixed forests where large trees are found in the vicinity of water. While that is a good description of the local terrain, finding an owl in the trees is a real challenge.
Daytime is a drowsy time for a Barred Owl.
With its eyes sort of open, the Barred Owl stares dreamily from its perch in a Douglas-fir tree.