ever documented in Medford, Oregon, Eleanor, likely
a juvenile, caused
quite a stir among local birders and wildlife
photographers, as she was a "life bird" for many
We first noticed Eleanor roosting in the tree over our backyard hen house in the summer of 2007.
In December of that year, I discovered her "home roost" in the large American Elm in our front yard. She graced us with her presence all day, every day, snoozing in the same spot over the end of the driveway. She flew off for her nightly hunt just before dark.
We documented her evening flight times and other behaviors, and the John Muir School in Ashland undertook a study to dissect her pellets and learn exactly what a Rogue Valley Barred Owl in an urban setting eats.
She flew off one night, and that was the last we saw of her.
I was enchanted by Eleanor and am grateful for the experience of sharing her world and for the fact that some excellent photographs remain.
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Photo by Elizabeth von Radics