A Barred Owl at Hawthorne Park, Surrey, BC, late this afternoon, August 30, 2017.
This is the first time I've seen an owl in the wild, and I couldn't believe my eyes at first. It was just sitting at the edge of the path. I was surprised by its size and it looked very much like a toy, sitting so unbelievably still and quiet, with its large, dark eyes unblinking. It was really exciting and incredible to have such a close first encounter.
There are plans by the city to put a road through Hawthorne Park. The City says that there will be added acreage, amenities, trees and habitat by the end, but I enjoy the tranquility the park offers now, with no through traffic, and I am pretty sure this owl and other creatures that make the park home like it the way it is too.