Friday, July 20, 2012

The Unexpected Pleasures Of Dragonflying: Sighting A Barred Owl

One of the great things about dragonflying is that it gets you out into some wonderful natural habitats.  A couple weeks ago Betsy and I were scouting possible locations for our upcoming dragonfly field trip.  We were tramping around in the woods of Smiley's Bottom (bottom land, that is) when we turned a corner and encountered a Barred Owl sitting quietly in a tree just ahead.  We took a few pictures and then backtracked to leave the owl in peace.  Here's the owl we encountered:

A Barred Owl sitting in the woods of Smiley's Bottom.

The owl looked at me from time to time, but generally seemed unconcerned.

In past years we've seen a Barred Owl fly by as we watched dragonflies at Smiley's Bottom.  This was the first time, however, that we had a good extended view.  Later the same day we were enjoying listening to Common Yellowthroats when we heard a strange piping sound.  We suspected a Virginia Rail, and sure enough we soon saw it creeping about in the vegetation along a ditch.  It's a narrow bird – to help it slip between stems of plants.  No surprise, then, that rails inspired the expression "thin as a rail."

No comments:

Post a Comment