Temperature in the 40s, drizzle, moderate winds. At 9:30 a.m., both owls out in view. They can puff up their feathers like a fur coat. An earlier video showed that they have a thick, very fine layer of down inside the outer feathers. They’re probably quite snug and cozy inside. This video ends with a reverse zoom showing the bird’s position.
The north owl held its usual spot in the V next to a fennel bush. It seemed alert. Its gaze toward me, twenty-five yards away, looked a bit more inquisitive than usual, probably because I stood under an umbrella. But the bird soon swiveled its head toward other points of interest.