A week ago or so Forest and I were headed out to daycare and work down the driveway and I startled one of the local barred owls out of the swamp chestnut oak. It swooped low over the car and floated onto the electric pole on the property line. I stopped and got my phone out to take a few photos to show Forest since he was situated in a position that he couldn’t see the owl.
Then, a few nights ago as I was working in the edible garden another owl (maybe the same owl) hooted from the woods down the way. It wasn’t terribly far as it was still rather loud. I answered its call and we continued a back and forth conversation for a few minutes until I got tired of hooting. Later I heard another owl further distant as dusk began falling.
I hope “we” (beyond our control, but ya know) can keep the patch of woods across the street so that the owls continue to have a safe place to escape and enjoy their own life.