Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Barred Owl Experience

I wanted to share an exciting experience that I had last week. I had gone to the Anchorage Trail in Anchorage, KY basically in search of warblers. Boy did I get a nice surprise! I was walking along the main trail when I noticed a large bird flying from the ground up to a tree just a few feet off of the trail. I initially thought Hawk, but quickly discovered it was a Barred Owl! I have heard them calling there before, but never have I caught a glimpse of one! 

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

I have heard from some other local birders that frequent the Anchorage Trail that Barred Owls have been spotted.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

This Owl must have been pretty comfortable with people, because he flew to this tree and sat for several minutes right above the trail. He watched as a walker passed right under him!

Barred Owl


Blu said...

How beautiful!

Nancy said...


Fantastic photos! We heard the owls the day before but did not see them.


Karen Bonsell said...

Thanks Nancy & Blu! I'm really glad now that it worked out the way it did! I've been on that trail so many times & never saw it!

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos and a special experience to come upon an owl.

Mia McPherson said...

What a terrific sighting and wonderful images Karen!

Michelle said...

That's awesome Karen! Beautiful owl!

Bob Hilscher said...

Hi there. Great pictures, I think I saw its brother up here in Toronto, Canada this past Sunday. My wife, Jean, and I came upon a Barred Owl near Markham, Ontario. This was the second time in six weeks that we have come upon, and filmed, an owl out in the wilds. The first was a Saw-Whet Owl. Prior to these two sightings, we had never seen an owl in its natural habitat. Needless to say, it has been an exciting six weeks. Our pictures and video of the Barred Owl sighting are posted on our blog at: http://frametoframe.ca/photo-essay-barred-owl-sighting-markham-ontario/

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