A Barred Owl sleeping peacefully by a busy roadside.
On Sunday March 6th, Rob and I ventured out with another birding friend to hopefully have a look at a Barred Owl well known to the area.
He was there, sleeping peacefully in a tree by a road side while photographers and birders alike mixed and mingled, occasionally snapping pictures of the honored guest. I was happy to see everyone was very respectful of the Owl, and I didn't see him open his eyes once while we were there. Though I heard he had put on quite the hunting show the day before, catching a vole for lunch.
As excited as I was to see the wild Barred Owl, a first for us, that isn't the moment that is forever etched in my mind, the picture below is.
Having a Blue Jay land in my hand was the was the highlight of the day for me!
I was in absolute awe when the bold Blue Jay, the locals call "Jack" landed in my hand for a peanut! And thrilled when he came back two more times for more.
He landed in Rob's hand too!
We're used to these guys landing in our hand, and there was no shortage of Chickadees willing to do so.
What a special memory!