A barred owl had some sort of prey just off the road in the underbrush. We were driving by in a golf cart and must have startled the owl, and it startled us as it flew from the ground to a tree. We stopped and watched it for a few minutes, until it seemed to get a little annoyed and started moving from tree to tree, getting closer to us (and its prey). We moved along so it could get back to its meal.
A Bent Tree resident took some fantastic photos of a barred owl yesterday. The photo above was taken early in the morning when the temperature was 14°. The owl was still on the same branch several hours later when the sun hit the tree. Many thanks to the photographer for sharing the photos. Click on the owl in the photo below to zoom.