Saw-Whets, Barred, Long-Eared and Great-Horned Owls
Shakespeare, the Bar(re)d of Central Park
The first owl I saw in Central Park was a saw-whet, in April 2013. The next time I heard about an owl in the park was July 2013, when one was spotted high in a pine in the Pinetum. When I was told the owl's name, in my head I spelled it "B-A-R-D," and wondered why I couldn't find a reference to a "bard owl." I finally figured out it was a barred owl, which made more sense. But I still think of this owl as the "poet" of the owls.
On April 26, a barred owl took up temporary residence in the Ramble and provided a joyful day for all who saw him (I'm going with him, even though no one knew for sure whether he was a he or a she). The owl was fairly low, and preened and stretched and kept an eye on all the photographers and binocular-raising birders who came to witness his majesty. I named the owl Shakespeare (I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who called him that, but after all, he was a "bard owl" and the Delacorte Theater wasn't that far away!). And of course, I made a Filming the Feathers video.
So here's to Shakespeare, the Bard of Central Park! And here are photos and some of Shakespeare's poetry.
More photos from our April 26, 2017, barred owl.
There was a barred owl in the Pinetum in July 2013. It was difficult to get a good shot. This photograph is more for identification.
Great Horned Owls
We've also had barred owls, saw-whets and long-eared owls, and I've managed to photograph some of these.
Great horned owl in the Ramble, Dec. 5, 2015
The great-horned owl on Jan. 4, 2016 (top left), Nov. 9 (bottom left), and Nov. 11, 2015.
In January and February 2014, long-eared owls could be seen on Pine Hill and Pilgrim Hill.
This saw-whet owl was photographed near Shakespeare Garden on April 9, 2013.