The wise barred owl

This owl is a resident of the Rosa community. It appears to be a barred owl (Strix varia),
also known as a hoot owl, and is one of the more common varieties of owl native to our area. The barred owl is generally quite skittish and very easy to flush. However, according to photographer Susan Johnson, this owl apparently is a bit braver than your average owl. Also, barred owls are usually nocturnal and will find a well-hidden spot to rest during the day. Again, this is not your typical owl as this picture was taken during the afternoon. One interesting note about the barred owl – it is the only owl typical of the eastern U.S. that has brown eyes; all others have yellow eyes. –Rob Rice