Whooos woods are these…Nature, Awe, and Wonder in a Minute

Rarely does the moment arrive when everything seems to fit together perfectly and converges at just the right moment, but that’s probably why transcendent moments are so rare and special and our vacation campers had this type of moment this morning.

Over the past few weeks, we have been keeping tabs on a pair of Great Horned Owls and a single Barred Owl that have been very active in our wildlife sanctuary. For one week, a Barred Owl has been roosting during the day in the same tree in our pine grove, but was not there today. Alas, I thought our vacation campers wouldn’t get to see this amazing owl.

Barred Owl from February 7, 2019

BUT the reason it wasn’t in it’s daytime roost was because it had taken up residence in a nest that was in perfect view of the trail in our pine grove. This is the first Barred Owl nest we have ever found on the sanctuary.

So with the snow sparkling in the mid morning sun, an owl resplendent in it’s nest, the first people to see it were our vacation program campers and the look on their faces just tells it all, so much more than words could.

“ Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”


― Mary Oliver

6 thoughts on “Whooos woods are these…Nature, Awe, and Wonder in a Minute

  1. Faith F Sandstrom

    OH my, Sean…what a perfect post! I have only seen the Barred Owl (my favorite!) on a branch overarching n a trail in a “hammock” in The Everglades. I was mesmerized! and she had her “little one” alongside her on the branch… still just a fluff ball, not quite ready to fly away. Thank you for these wonderful photos! I look forward to progress in the nest. Faith

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    1. Sean K. Post author

      Hi Faith,
      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, I really appreciate. The Barred Owl hasn’t been back to the nest, but it has been right by it for the past month. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you and I hope all is well.
      Best,
      Sean

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    1. Sean K. Post author

      Hi Ellie,
      Thank you so much for reading and the wonderful comment, I really appreciate it.
      Best,
      Sean

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