Barred owls have been spotted in a couple of favorite roosting pines around Bond Lake. One is at Bridge #7 in the tall pines. The other is on the east side of the lake in a pine near the creek that enters the lake. There are at least 3 owls in the park and they do breed here; I’ve seen the young owls.
It should be nearing time for the owls to lay eggs. According to Rob Bierregaard’s web site (http://www.bioweb.uncc.edu/Bierregaard/barred_owls.htm), they prefer to nest in a cavity in a hardwood tree, occasionally choosing to nest in an abandoned hawk’s nest. There is, in fact, a hawk’s nest in the big roosting pine at bridge #7. The nest is 5-10 feet above the favorite roosting location. Is it possible that these owls will nest here? I don’t know, but I would certainly like to find out.
Here is a short video about barred owls produced by Dr. Bierregaard: