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Barred owl

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It was early evening and the light was fading rapidly when I was leaving the preserve. This beautiful barred owl alighted on a tree near a path, peering into a field on the other side where rodents were likely moving about. A gentleman who came up behind me was thrilled to see the bird - it was the first time he had seen a live owl.


Brumley Nature Preserve has a varied habitat, including woods, ponds, meadows and a creek.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 7 months ago

Thanks, Neil! And congratulations on your SOTD with that cool skink!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Awesome spotting, Maria. That's a beautiful bird. Best wishes for your SOTW nomination.

AshleyT 7 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 months ago

Thank you, ptaguide!

ptaguide 7 months ago

What a beautiful owl to have spotted. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Gorgeous!

SarahWhitt 7 months ago

AGREED....Maria!! Always fun & educational too!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 months ago

How nice that you got to visit a rehab and rescue facility, Sarah. They do great work in getting injured birds who can heal ready to fly free again. And having the permanently injured birds as "educational ambassadors" lets people who may otherwise never see a live owl appreciate how stunning and interesting they are.

SarahWhitt 7 months ago

You are welcome, Maria!! And NO DOUBT!!
My Dad lives ourside of Clearwater, FL & recently, we visited McGough Wildlife Park...the owls there were STUNNING!! They were residents (injured & being rehabbed) - and the staff brought out several and told us stories of each! We got up close with them & OH what a TREAT!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 months ago

Thanks for your nice comments, Daniele and Sarah. It was a very nice spotting for me and the gentleman who watched with me.

SarahWhitt 7 months ago

Oh how WONDERFUL!! :0

DanielePralong 7 months ago

Beautiful series Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 months ago

Thank you, Ava. This really was a very lovely bird!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 months ago


Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 36.03, Long: -79.04

Spotted on Nov 29, 2018
Submitted on Dec 1, 2018

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