March 09, 2005

*Field Guide to Owls

I saw my second owl ever a few days ago. It was dawn, and it was perched on a telephone wire, checking things out.

The first one I ever saw was perched on a road sign, and it was too dark to get a good look at him, but their shape is generally unmistakable.

Anyway, back to the current owl. I only saw him for a few seconds, but from what I can remember, he may have been a Barred Owl.

Of course, I don't actually know what I'm talking about. But he could have been. He had light feathers around his eyes, no ears, and a short tail. So we're ruling out Great Horned Owls and Hawk Owls...and Barn Owls just because I know what they look like and he wasn't one.

Things I've Seen Outside a Zoo More Than Owls:
* Mice
* Eagles (helps to live by nesting grounds)
* Pelicans
* Porcupines
* Dolphins
* Snapping turtles
* Headless Deer
* Jelly fish

Things I've Seen Outside a Zoo As Much As Owls:
* Snakes
* Bears
* Elk
* Mountain lions
* Muskrats
* Tom Arnold

Posted by Jennifer at March 9, 2005 12:00 PM


You’re cranking them out today!

Outside of zoos, I’ve seen two killer whales, elk, mountain lions (the one that was tracking me), a bobcat, alligators, vultures and a host of lesser creatures.

The killer whales were the most exciting.

Posted by: paul at March 9, 2005 12:58 PM

What's Tom doing outside of the zoo? Somebody should be notified...

Posted by: Jim at March 10, 2005 05:52 AM

When I was a kid, my parents used to take us to a cabin in the State Park for a week each summer. There was a screech owl which hung out on the porch. I haven't seen an owl since, but I don't even notice hawks any more except when they fly across my path.

One night a couple of weeks ago I had occasion to walk into the baseball diamonds in a park in 'Tosa, an inner suburb of Milwaukee, and encountered a fox. He checked me out, decided I was neither a threat nor of interest, and wandered off. Somewhat farther from town this week I encountered a pair of coyotes.

Posted by: triticale at March 11, 2005 08:36 PM