Barred owl (Strix varia)
Yesterday as my husband and I were leaving a great birding area to warm up with hot chocolate or coffee, my husband spotted this barred owl sleeping on a limb close to the road. The owl saw me but I didn't get in too close so it didn't fly away, just sat there turning its head and opening and closing its eyes. Note that this owl has brown eyes, not yellow like all other North American owls.
Same owl, a couple of hours later
When we - a tad warmer -returned, the owl was gone and I turned my attention to smaller birds. But as we headed out again - this time for home - the owl was perched in a different spot and was very wide awake. This time it made it's very famous hoot which gives the bird another name, the hoot owl.
Slightly different pose
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