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Queensbury, NY, United States
I was visiting my elderly father in March and we were watching NCAA tournament basketball in his bedroom. This Barred Owl showed up outside his window, sat on the deck railing and stared in at us for quite some time. I swear he was enjoying whatever game was on. He even hooted a couple of times! A neat experience.
Week 15: The Unexpected
Hoo, hoo is winning the game?
How cool! Lucky you to have such a beautiful bird of prey watching the game with you! Wonderful image and story!
Thanks Olivia! It was a one of a kind experience that’s for sure and to see one so close up was amazing. Very cool indeed.
Not just a “neat” experience – this was an incredible experience!
Love this unexpected photo! I’d never guess a barred owl would look inside a window and in the day time.
I know, it was definitely a very memorable moment. It truly was the oddest thing and he stayed there for such a long time. Every time I go visit my Dad, I hope one shows up again, but we know that’s probably not going to happen! Glad you enjoyed my picture and I’m glad I got one!
What a cool photo and story! I guess I need to start watching more basketball!
good image – great story! Caught my attention!
The strangest thing happened! I was out on a hike this Saturday, and saw a Barred owl! It was so beautiful. She stared at me the whole time from her perch in the pine tree. I posted an image of the owl on participant photos.
wow I finally found your photo…Chuck and I are very impressed…really cute…probably did want to say hi to you and your dad.
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