On my Friday hike through White Oak Canyon, a large bird swooped along Cedar Run. What I initially thought it was, I was wrong about, as I saw when it eventually landed on a branch over the stream. I have heard these calling many times, including on my last backpacking trip, but I am not sure if I ever saw one before. See if you can guess....
You think of me as bird of night
Patrolling when the sun's not bright
But sometimes when its broad daylight,
Think you will see me, you just might
Plumage of brown with streaks of white
I think that I'm a handsome sight
Whether or not you think I'm cute
I really just don't give a hoot
Keep your veggies and keep your fruit
It's mice and such I'm in pursuit
Mice and rats may tremble with fear
If they hear me, and know I'm near
Did all these clues my name reveal?
This final one should seal the deal:
At dusk and dawn, you'll hear my call:
"Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?"
Got a clue?
Give a hoot?
Is the answer
The proper guess this time? Barred owl -
If you guessed right, shout, hoot, and howl!
My first thought as the large bird swooped by from behind, flying down the stream, was that it a hawk. But it seemed too large and wide for a forest hawk. Fortunately, it landed on a branch. As I approached, it dove for the stream, like it was hunting, and at that point, I could see that it was a barred owl. It flew back to the branch, then took off down the stream. I followed and got a photo. Then it took off again.
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