I was relieved to see that the north owl had returned to its usual perch late this morning. A pair of park visitors who had seen this bird earlier in the morning said that the owl suddenly dropped out of sight as they were watching. It did the same thing while I was there, but returned after a few minutes. I did not see any raptors overhead or any very nearby loose dogs, and it looked to me as if the bird was a bit jumpy. Very understandable after yesterday morning’s invasion by a pack of big loose dogs.
A park visitor told me that she saw the Animal Control truck in the park almost daily, with the driver admonishing owners to get their dogs on leash. I personally haven’t seen enforcement happen this year but am pleased to hear about it.
The east owl, both before and after my visit to the north side, remained tucked away behind its rock and under its brush awning in the rip-rap, out of sight from the paved perimeter trail. As usual, I was able to get a photo by climbing over the fence on the south side and setting up my tripod in the Open Circle viewpoint, aka the Spiral. However, at this distance the photo is grainy and not very engaging emotionally; it shows a bird in hiding, in an introverted mood, not inclined to bond with its human admirers. This owl does occasionally come topside and let its little light shine; let’s hope that it decides to do so more often.