trail running24:41 2.27 mi (10:52 / mi) +328ft9:34 / mi ahr:137 max:152 weight:142lbs shoes: saloman
Out the back way, I got up to the top of the first hill and had no desire to keep heading up, so I turned to go over by the town park and proceeded to have one of my best AOWN experiences in a long time.
My first thought was that it was a cat sitting in the middle of Park Road, but as I got closer I could see it was a barred owl. Stopped as soon as I realized that, I was maybe 15 yards from it. And it was just sitting there looking at me.
It was sitting a little awkwardly, so I thought maybe it had been hit by a car, though cars come by there rarely and slowly. So I started to circle it, getting no closer than about 10 yards (and something in me was wanting to see if the owl would rotate its head a full 360 if I kept going), but I noticed a couple of what looked like twigs sticking out from under the owl.
At some point as I was circling it, it got a little nervous and took off, but it barely got airborne before settling back down a couple of yards from where it started. But it got airborne enough for me to see that the twigs were the rear feet of a rabbit that the owl was hanging on to. Well, it was quite cool, except if you look at it from the rabbit's perspective, I suppose.
Took a last long look at the owl, noting all the field marks, then figured I'd leave him alone. Down the roads a way I looked at a patch of woods I'd never been in, thought why not, it turned out to be the nicest forest for orienteering anywhere in Massachusetts, too bad it's only about 5 or 10 acres and privately owned. Just gorgeous. So twice on this run I regretted that neither my 305 nor my ipod had a camera.
And then back to check out the owl scene. A couple cars had come by before I got there, now instead of the owl/rabbit in the road there was a kid, teenager, very nerdy looking, with binoculars. I stopped, he pointed out where the owl was up in a tree, and where the rabbit was, a couple of yards off the road. I assume the owl will be back to fetch it before long.