My son and I headed to the lake today to take pictures of the shore birds. When I was there, I overheard a gentleman talking about an owl in the area that had been spotted. I didn’t catch what type as it was in passing. Realizing I didn’t have my binoculars, my son and I headed back home for them and we were back to the lake in minutes. Upon arrival, I saw a gentleman staring at some cottonwood trees on the opposite side of the lake with his binoculars and asked what he was looking for? Eastern Screech Owl.
My prying ears payed off. He was staying on the outside of the forest area, while we ventured in. About 30 feet in, I happened to look to my left and there the little guy was. Sleeping about 20 ft. High, perched in a hole in a cottonwood tree. I motioned for the gentleman to head my direction and we were all smiles. This is one of the things I love about birding. People are very willing to share information and knowledge. After he thanked me for spotting the owl, he was telling me his birding stories and rarities he had been seeing. I had never met this guy before and yet within minutes we were chatting like little kids on the playground.
Since I only had my phone and binoculars, I was only able to make an image with my phone. Also, I had to zoom in super close with my phone. Apologies for the poor quality.