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A few weeks ago, I was returning from a bicycle ride when a barred owl, perched on a tree branch above the trail, engaged me in a staring contest for several minutes.  I found when I returned that my mother had observed the same owl at the same location some 20 minutes earlier. More recently, my mother saw the owl flying ahead of her, jumping from tree to tree, as she walked.

It is not uncommon for barred owls to wake and even hunt in the daylight, but they  are more active at night when they can be heard calling to one another with a call that sounds vaguely similar to “who cooks for you?”

Barred owls live throughout most of the United States and southern Canada, and eat small mammals such as mice.  They are an interesting bird species that you can find near your own home.

Notices

Midcoast Conservancy will host a walk and talk on the Whitten Hill Trail, discussing Maine forests and conservation, on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., with a rain date of Nov. 7.  The hike will focus on the current state of conservation in Maine, and what can be done to benefit it in the future. See midcoastconservancy.org/ for more information.

Choate Road and North Ridge Road in Montville will both receive repairs over the coming month. Certain areas of these roads will be targeted in order to mitigate the effects of adverse conditions. This means that work on other roads without scheduled repairs may be delayed until these first projects are completed. This does not apply to emergency situations.

The lobster and clam raffle organized by the fire department has unfortunately been postponed. This raffle will be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined.

Cards with images of Lake Saint George taken by Joe Rehemyer are now available at both the Liberty Library and Liberty Graphics. Earrings made by 8-year-old Alya are also available for $3 each. All proceeds from both items go to the Liberty Library.