In my August Wildlife Wednesday post I guessed the owl had been bathing in a large birdbath down by the fence. Now I see that the saucers of water we keep very close to the house are the attraction. A bit on the small side, yet they're for the birds and an owl is a bird.
Now for a little drink. Smart owl, not drinking the water it sat in. However, smaller birds soon showed up to drink from the first one.
Barred Owls are named for the vertical stripes on their chest which is excellent camouflage.
Oh those eyes!
I'm as curious about you as you are about me.
Coming in for a landing is my favorite view. Majestic.
Barred Owls prefer swamps. Good luck finding one of those around here.
It may be hunting in the daytime to avoid its main predator the Great Horned Owl. You can read more about Barred Owls in this Audubon guide.
Although the owl has moved down the creek a bit I still catch a glimpse every now and then. This past Thursday I saw him/her fly across the road while being chased by a deer. No kidding. Wish I had a photo of that to share!
I'll be watching every day in the garden.