Hello Obol readers, I was very surprised to see a Barred Owl sitting in a Maple tree when I stepped outside this afternoon. It silently hopped to a different branch, and then to the tree directly behind my porch. It was not at all concerned by my presence, but the Juncos were all atwitter about it. A Hummer buzzed up close to check it out, and a lone Bushtit came in and out to observe. I've heard of them being seen locally, but this was the first time I've seen one, anywhere. And what close views I got. It stayed around until the neighbor's horrendously bright lights came on at dusk. I wonder if it will come back for the birds, it sure was looking at them. It wasn't as big as I expected.