A Mystery Solved

Yesterday while at my parents’ house, Betsy came running inside and announced, “You know that owl that Grandma keeps hearing but she can’t find it? I found out where it lives!”

And she was right! We call this girl Eagle Eyes for a reason. Do you see the owl?

Owl from Far Away

Betsy remarked, “At first when I saw it flying I thought it might be a hawk, but then I saw its head turn around.”

Owl in Tree

After consulting my Peterson Field Guide to the Birds, I believe this is a Barred Owl. My Mom has been hearing its “who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all,” but has only seen it once, when it was in her southern magnolia tree during the blizzard of January 2016.

Owl Close Up 2

I’m glad Betsy saw it, and that I was able to grab Mom’s little camera and catch a few quick pictures for her. I bet she’ll be keeping a much closer watch on that tree when she’s home!

Owl Close Up 1

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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