Barn owl

It’s not often you get an opportunity to see a barn owl (tyto alba) up close and personal. They usually hunt in full darkness and fly close to the ground searching for its meals. They benefit farmers by eating rodents. Pretty gorgeous bird, isn’t it?

Belted kingfisher

Here’s another bird I don’t see nearly often enough: a belted kingfisher. These birds are found throughout Washington State, never far from water, where it hunts for food. If my bird book has guided me correctly, this is a female. Don’t you love that punk topknot?