I teach at Satinwood School, a small, unique rural school nestled in a fantastic outdoor environment. I regularly see deer, and I’ve been treated to badgers, woodpeckers, hawks and the bluebirds are back too. Today we had a pretty neat surprise on the playground. A large owlet was sitting on top of the playground. I tried to get close to it, but it clicked its beak at me and fluffed up its feathers. I’m quite sure it was a juvenile great horned, and it was quite large. It was over 18 inches tall, and looked like it had its flight feathers. It couldn’t fly though. It hopped around the playground and eventually settled on a perch at the edge of one of our swingsets. It stayed there all day and was a constant distraction to the rest of the students.
Our secretary phoned around and a wildlife rehabilitation center may be picking it up tomorrow if it is still there. Until then, Satinwood has a new little celebrity.