Luckily, a young Spotted Owl curiously flew over to the right side of the forest where I was.
These owls are some of the most curious a bird could possibly be. It sat there and stared and it's curiosity drove it even further than that.
With a young Spotted Owl being present, the thought came to mind that an adult would have to be around. A with an awesome turn of events, there was the adult female. She was spied about one hundred yards away.
An adult Northern Spotted Owl is a lot darker than an adult Mexican Spotted Owl. At times, this female Northern would blend right in with the tree bark of the surrounding Douglas firs as she moved around and watched over her young one.
Spotted Owls often perch near the trunk of the tree.
These majestic owls really made me grateful that I was able to see them. The fun in seeing the Northern Spotted Owl almost felt like it's own separate species tick on T.O.B.Y.
As of last year, I didn't think I'd make a trip anytime soon to see the famous Northern Spotted Owl. I'm sure this bird is sitting in it's dark and shady Douglas fir forest as we read and write...