This week’s photo, taken January 28, 2015 near Stanwood, WA, features a SHORT-EARED OWL checking me out as it flies by, as if to say: “What’s Up?”
The SHORT-EARED OWL, often active during daylight hours, gets my vote as the World’s Most Joyful Bird. It frolics above a field with its moth-like wing beats, and when it detects a rodent scurrying across the grass, it tucks its wings and dives headfirst, behaving much like a mischievous kitten pouncing on its imaginary prey. The owl doesn’t even seem to mind when it comes up empty taloned. It’s obviously having a good time cruising the neighborhood.
Short-eared Owls just want to have fun, and they seem to possess endless energy as they turn and spin and bank and dive. If you know of a more cheerful and high-spirited bird, please let me know.
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