Amazingly, I looked up into the tree where she pointed and there it was. A barred owl. What a stunning sight! It was a large owl with just the right markings for a barred owl. It was in the crook of a tree branch, but it was far enough from the trunk to see it's whole form. All the kids left were able to see it, but the other adults were not convinced until the owl turned and took off. It had a huge wingspan! It was high in the tree but on the first branch and probably 30 feet from us.
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The call of the barred owl- it has a really fine call so have a listen! It was a great hike and would have been a good time even without the owl siting. If you'd like to find out more about owls, have a look at The Lab of Ornithology's Owl Prowl- with lots of owl information! We did learn that we wouldn't hear any Great Horned Owls because they call and mate in December which explains the setting of Owl Moon, doesn't it? It's cold when you try and see Great Horned Owls!
As we were getting ready for sleeping that night, I told R11 that surely God had placed that owl in the tree just for us and she told me that she'd prayed that God would show us an owl. It was a divine moment for certain. I'm so thankful for little girls with owl prayers and for the Owl-Prayer-Answering God we serve.