Visiting Where Owls Live
Where you can begin
Watching birds is easy. I start by finding a quiet public park with very tall trees.
Finding a way
I looked up everything I could learn about owls.
They have different calls. They leave a white mark on trees they roost in. They can't digest all they eat, so you may find pellets on the ground.
In my search for information I came across an article about going to a park to see owls. The article listed an address, date, and time to arrive. I decided to check it out.
It was an amazing experience. I met with a guide that showed pictures and talked about the owls we may see.
I called my adventure an, "owl walk night".
This handsome fellow was who arrived on my first walk.
Just a walk
After learning that owls aren't the only animals out at night I decided to mainly walk in the day. I hoped to be lucky enough to find an owl resting in a tree.
I grabbed my camera, my binoculars, and a bottle of water. I also carried my bird book to help me identify what birds I may find.
I found a well marked trail that didn't seem to be in use by people. I'm not sure how long I walked. I was searching for signs the owls were in the area. I stopped in an area with very tall trees. The canopy of the trees made that area seem like dusk. My eyes were adjusting to this darkness when I saw a shadow over my head.
I turned with my camera and held my breath. I couldn't believe how lucky I was. In a tree, about 10 feet away and at least 30 feet up, was a beautiful barred owl. He was so patient and just stared at me. I'm sure he was wondering if I was going to try to hurt him.
These are the pictures I was able to capture before he flew off.
What you need
To try this on your own, you need a bottle of water, a camera, and comfortable shoes. Don't wear open toe shoes walking in the woods.
Remember to find a quiet trail and watch all around you.