Today, I discovered on the outskirts of Sarasota, Florida a small village where Amish and Mennonite snowbirds spend their winter, like many of us northerners do. And as I’m walking around the narrow streets with small houses, to my surprise, I find a beautiful nature trail tucked within the neighborhood.
It’s like a whole different place inside another place. Paths crisscrossing through hammock and a creek runs alongside. It’s quite easy to forget there are people and houses surrounding this natural habitat.
High above the thicket a barred *owlet blinks, now and than. I stand in silent watching him, watching me. Quite a site, to say the least.
I cannot leave without taking a few photos, and now I have the pleasure of sharing my priceless experience with you.
This little guy/gal can grow up to 20 inches tall and a wingspan of almost 4 feet. It will be ready to fly in about 6 weeks.
According to the National Audubon Society, barred owls are known for their wide range of sounds: various hoots, whines and squeals. They can even sound like barking dogs or whooping monkeys. They also can make sounds like humans, including a scream like someone in pain and one that sounds like laughter.
I will be returning to Pinecraft Park in a week and a half to take a few more photographs.
*Baby owls are called owlets.
Photographs are owned and copyright by Connie Gildersleeve.