Northern Virginia owls: 1

Saturday we visited sites in Arlington and Fairfax Counties looking for owls. The screech owls were a no-show at Rock Spring Park, a charming sliver of open space in North Arlington. We heard at least two Barred Owls (Strix varia) in Huntley Meadows Park; in the valley of Donaldson Run, we got good looks at a bird roosting in the crook of a sycamore— a spot that trip leader Leon Nawojchik had staked out. Leon says that Barred Owls will use nest boxes, boxes much larger than the ones we use for ducks. “About the size of a dorm room refrigerator” was the way he described it.