After finding my backyard bird feeder on the ground two mornings in a row I put up the trail cam.
Ah ha! I had brought the feeder in, but there was plenty of seed scattered around the ground.
Racoon Reaching Up Bird Feeder Pole
A couple of nights later, I discovered the Raccoon had company: check out the pair of eyes on the fence, just to the left of the pole.
Barred Owl on fence watching Racoon scrounge
Here’s a low quality 20 second video where you can see the owl’s eyes change as it turns its head.
Update: depending on how you are viewing this post, the video may not play. On Ted’s iPad, viewing through WP Reader, the controls are visible but nothing happens 🙁.
The raccoon came back about an hour later and there was no sign of the Owl. The camera had not picked up his movements coming or going.
I’m identifying the bird as a Barred Owl based on size and regularly hearing one in the area.
GardePro A3 Trail Camera
The owlet on the right is the one from
yesterday’s post. After I took that picture he joined his sibling, and that slight head turn was the closest look I got.
Barred Owl Owlets
May 17, 2022
The establish pair of Barred Owls at Magnolia Plantation had two chicks again this year and so far both have survived. They have moved from the nest area to a small pond where soon they will learn to hunt. This one was a bit more adventurous than the other while I was watching, hopping to his own branch for a look around.
Barred Owl Owlet
May 17, 2022
A Barred Owl from last fall’s Photography Day.
Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021
I took this image back in May and it’s not a whole lot different than others I’ve taken of this Barred Owl or its mate–who could tell them apart?
I do like the three-pronged stick, and of course the Owl, so came back to it.
We are in the summer doldrums here in SC as far as seeing many birds. Those that were here to breed have mostly scattered and the locals are hiding from the heat and rain.