|Barred Owl (Strix varia) watching the forest floor at Radnor Lake
Mr/Ms Barred Owl was intently scanning the forest floor for breakfast. Poor critter those eyes are watching for you. I am fairly certain that had there not been a noisy audience of excited walkers, breakfast might have arrived sooner. We surely scared away any small mammals, rabbits, birds, amphibians and reptiles that are their preferred foods.
Barred Owls are stocky, round-headed, medium-sized gray-brown owls with no ear tufts and big dark eyes. The underparts are whitish with dark streaks, and the bill is dull yellow. Sounds so-so, but, they are beautiful creatures.
Radnor Lake, with its forested bottom lands and wooded swamps offers all its resident critters the perfect hunting and nesting ground. It's a wonderful place to walk and experience wildlife up close and personal. If you like birds, if you like waterfowl, if you want to catch otters at play, it's the place to walk.
|full grown they have a 40" wingspan
So watch out chipmunks! I am recruiting owls for the garden!
**While not in my garden (dagnabbit), they are widespread in the eastern half of the United States and across central Canada to northern California. (Owl calls)
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.