Photo of Barry courtesy of Manhattan Bird Alert.
Birdwatchers have been flocking to Central Park to see the Barred Owl of The Loch, which sounds like something invented by Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe. The owl, which hunts and preens in the daytime unlike most owls, has drawn people from all over. He has been named Barry. He spends time in the northern part of park, often around The Loch at 103rd and Central Park West or near the Great Hill.
Now there’s apparently a second Barred Owl in the neighborhood. It showed up on Thursday in Riverside Park around 115th Street. As the owls have spread, the frenzy is spreading. Or maybe we’re all just looking for something to do so we’re not so cooped up. (Cooped up, bird pun.)
Check out the Riverside Park Barred Owl below. And read our beginner’s guide to birdwatching out of your window in the pandemic here.
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