It's A Brown Owl, Right?!


I took one look at Myles Clarke’s September Pender Post cover photo and said “brown owl.” Although I didn’t quite bow after my statement, I did feel pretty clever. Apparently, my statement lacked a few details that a birder would have considered imperative. Words like Barred owl, juvenile, and even tree would have been nice and, for me, quite technical.


Apparently, at 8 am when this photo was taken, neither our subject nor his/her sibling were exchanging quiet comments like, “Psst, over here.” Although not being overly familiar with birder jargon, I would hazard a guess that “racket” would be a close description of the animated conversation between the owl siblings.


Apart from the usual data like adult size, 40 to 63 cm (16 to 25 inches) in length with a wingspan of roughly 100 to 125 cm (38 to 49 inches), the Pender Post famed Research Department came up with all kinds of interesting stuff. The Research team also attempted to convince me that the word “stuff” was a highly technical term meaning “other things.”


The piece of Barred owl trivia that I found most interesting was that an adult Barred owl can kill and carry prey four times its size. Call me old-fashioned, but that sounds like a solid reason for cats and small dogs to stay close to home at night, the owls’ traditional meal time. On the other hand, if I could find an 8.5 kg Barred owl it could at the very least help me pick up our visiting 33.1 kg Golden Retriever that insists on lying down in the parking lot instead of hopping into the car after a fun trail walk.


The Research Department’s experts also included in its research stuff (their term, remember, not mine) that the Barred owl is symbolic of truth, mysticism, and empowerment. This topic would require significant study before I could even ask an intelligent question, so I am out. We strongly suggest contacting some respected ornithological researcher and/or knowledgeable mystic for any further information.


Mike Wiley

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