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Owl Sightings at Greenbelt Lake

Have you seen all the photographers pointing their cameras up into the trees along the Greenbelt Lake path lately? Maybe you’ve heard the news of a nest of owls there. I hadn’t noticed until a tipster (Katy Gaughan) suggested I try to cover it for this very blog.

And thanks to the generosity of a serious photographer I found there – Wenhan Xue shown above – here are your close-ups of an adult barred owl and one baby.

barred owl by Wenhan Xue

barred owl by Wenhan Xue

From All About Birds: “Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. They nest in tree cavities.”

Here’s what they sound like:

Below, the best I could do with my regular old camera.

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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland YouTube channel. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com.

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