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Barred Owl

Last week Jon and I travelled to South Carolina and Georgia to visit relatives.  I saw a ton of birds, including at least three new species.  I visited several parks and learned that the park system on the east coast is amazing.  They have defined walkways with all sorts of bridges and trail markers, public bathrooms and no fees.  I’m used to areas that are poorly marked, require you to pay and are so badly maintained that you could easily sprain an ankle.

The picture above is from the Oconee River Greenway in Milledgeville, GA.  That man in the picture is awesome because he was wading in the middle of the river to pickup trash.  I love that!  Jon and I went to a place in South Carolina that was overall very clean but there were still places where you could find styrofoam containers and plastic bottles, especially in the water.  If we go back there next year I want to bring trash cans and boots for wading in the water to pick up all the junk.

The area was designed as a stream on one side and walkways on the other side in the middle of forest.  The forest was quite lush and filled with birds.  The most exciting bird was the Barred Owl.  There were two Barred Owls hooting at each other so my step-father was able to find one of them in the forest.

I had the hardest time seeing him because his coloring blended so well with the leaves.

Some people call them hoot owls because of the noise they frequently make.  It was so cool to see him out during the day since many owls are nocturnal.  And as a final interesting factoid, Barred Owls frequently use Pileated Woodpecker nests for their nests.


5 Responses to “Barred Owl”

  1. Tiffany says:

    You are so lucky… are you an owl whisperer or what?!

    I’m really happy to read about the guy picking up garbage! I get a bit disheartened sometimes.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This one was all John. He had to point out where the owl was several times before I could finally make him out.

    Whenever I don’t pick up trash, I always think about how I should because that’s what you would do in that situation. You’re inspiring!

  3. Tiffany says:

    :) Thanks Liz.

  4. Cindy says:

    The owls were so cool – John is amazing at spotting owls and other birds. Can’t wait to see the photos of the woodpeckers…

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Sooo, the pictures I got were of a sapsucker and a Downy Woodpecker, not the cockaded. :-( I’m hoping if I go back and look at the pictures the cockaded will magically appear.