owl sighting on strawberry hill

Last night, arriving at the top of Strawberry Hill in Stow Lake at dusk, just in time to catch the last pink and orange of the sunset,  I heard a characteristic, throaty “who-whoooooo.”  Several people were standing around, under a tall stand of cypresses, looking upward.  And there, sitting on a naked branch, was a Great Horned Owl, unconcerned about his audience below.  Quite a sighting!  Soon he lifted gracefully off the branch and swooped off to another tree, out of our view.  We sighed with satisfaction and dispersed.

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About fromthethicket

I'm a landscape historian and professor emeritus of landscape architecture, UC Davis. I live in San Francisco.
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