The barred owl has finally fledged. It happened in the morning and i caught up with it in the evening as it was surveying its new world from a tree limb. One surprise of the day is that there is another baby in the nest that should be fledging soon.
Every spring a pair of barred owls return to the greenbelt in the west end to rear a brood of chicks. This year there is one fledgling in the nest. The mother and father take turns bringing the chick a selection of chipmunks, voles, snakes, and squirrels to get nice and strong.
All the birds seem to be coming back at once. The marshes are loud with the sound of red winged blackbirds. The Eastern Screech Owl has returned to his afternoon sunning tree, and the barred owls are back in their regular nesting hole preparing for a batch of owlets.