Sunday, June 12, 2016
Goofy Barred Owls at Jean Lafitte
After my last post about awkward young Night-Herons, this morning I ran into another couple of young birds acting their age. Near the start of the Coquille Trail in Jean Lafitte National Park, I came across a pair of young Barred Owls acting absurdly tame. The pic below was snapped with my cell phone at about 3-4 feet distance. Had I thought of it, I would have taken a selfie of the bird with myself in the foreground- ah well, missed opportunity! There was a Barred Owl acting much like this one about this time last year, at the same spot on the trail- looks like two successful years of nesting for the owls on that territory!
Barred Owls are common in Jean Lafitte and in other swamp forests outside the city, and can often be heard hollering in the middle of the day. Their most common cadence is usually rendered who cooks for you, who cooks for you all, but it is also common to merely hear one shout who-aw!