Barred owl

barred owl

Yesterday afternoon, I managed to get this one, blurry photo of a barred owl down in the hollow before it flew. It was first spotted by Steve this past Saturday, and has been seen a couple times since, always within a few hundred feet of the halfway point between the Juniata River and the end of the driveway at the houses. Perhaps not coincidentally, this is also where the lower hollow, with its steep stream banks and hemlocks, gives way to the more open and deciduous upper hollow.

Barred owls are uncommon visitors here on the mountain. The last one we know about appeared on the 2006 Christmas Bird Count, also down in the hollow, though a little higher above the road. This relative scarcity may be due to the fact that we have so few hemlocks. If so, we may see even fewer barred owls in the future: the hemlock woolly adelgid damage is now conspicuous on many of our trees.



About Dave Bonta

I'm the author of several books of poetry, including Ice Mountain: An Elegy, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my long-running literary blog Via Negativa, where I'm currently creating erasure poems from every entry of the Diary of Samuel Pepys. I'm also the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a blog showcasing the best poetry videos on the web.

Posted on September 13, 2007, in adelgid, barred owl, forest health, hemlock trees. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the picture of your owl. It definately confirms my owl, that lives in the woods by the Mohawk River, upstate NY is the Barred version. It is so big I really thought it was the Great Horned, and I can clearly see the white patch on her throat when I look at her at night with my binaculars. Can’t really make out if she has ear tuffs or not as her head always seems in motion. But the true give away is the deep eight sylable hoot that wakes me at all hours of the night. She perches high on a tree branch right outside of my bedroom slider to my deck. Worth loosing sleep over. Again thanks for the information. Better than than the encylopedia!

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