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A walk in the woods yesterday was interrupted by repeated, jarring calls from an alarmed blue jay. I surmised that this was a warning to other woodland creatures of a nearby threat, and kept my eyes looking towards the canopy. Shortly I was rewarded with the sight of a barred owl peering down at me. Although I tend to think of this bird as a predator of small creatures such as mice, voles and frogs due to the relatively small size of its talons, according to Cornell’s Birds of North America Online, barred owls consume a variety of birds up to the size of grouse, small mammals up to the size of rabbits and amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates.