Categories: Portland Area Hikes
Signs of fall are all around. As I explore the urban woods and surrounding areas near home, I’m beginning to see fallen leaves.
The colorful flowers, especially wildflowers, butterflies and little songbirds have mostly disappeared.
But, for the fourth time this summer and fall I spotted a barred owl. This one was at eye level about 12 feet off the Marquam Trail. Once I began taking photos, two stellar jays showed up and forced the owl to fly away.
I always enjoy the striking colorations of the barred owls.
A very flexible neck
Where did you see those owls? My wife would like to see them.
Almost any heavily wooded area on the west side of the Cascades is potential habitat.
The barred owls I have seen relatively close this year have been at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Marquam Nature Park.
They are fun to see.