Barred Owl at Lynde Shores: January 2021

On this day, my plan was to visit Lynde Shores and take some photos of the Wild Turkeys who are often there.

Wild Turkey (female) from last summer

En route, I stopped on Hall’s Road to have a look at the marsh there.

I was pleased to find a Barred Owl on the short trail from the road to the marsh.

Barred Owl

Barred Owls are uncommon and found in mature forests particularly near hardwood swamps. They are mostly nocturnal and hunt mainly for small mammals.

I always think of the Van Morrison song “Brown-eyed Girl” when I see one.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl

I never did get to the Turkey area and, instead, fed some hungry birds including a Swamp Sparrow; a species which I rarely see in winter.

Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Other birds:

American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Winter Quotes:

Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins. – Gustave Flaubert

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Barred Owl at Lynde Shores: January 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    God, I remember this place–it was winter or spring, I believe, and there were only a very few of us (it was far away– thanks for the ride, Miles!) and I remember the wild turkeys, feeding birds by hand, the fields–it was a great outing! And this time, owls! Thanks, Miles!

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Winter–when you came back from the Antarctica Cruise guide work “unexpectedly”, I believe (for those that don’t know, there was an accident with the ship, nobody hurt) and offered additional winter walks–it might have been a Saturday, and we went further afield (no pun intended), visited the wooded, enclosed “bird feeding” area, crossed the field, walked to a pond, lined up in a row to feed birds somewhere there were trees (on the road to the pond?) A precious memory, retrieved from the old memory banks–it was a wonderful place, and a wonderful experience! Thanks for the memories, Miles!!

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  3. rosemarie fischer

    gorgeous!!!! thanks Miles, I love owls!!! something about them….what a wonderful Nature Report!!!!
    Thanks for sharing……Rosemarie Fischer

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