Owl lands on police car in Duluth

Don’t you just hate it when you’re driving at night and a barred owl lands on your windshield wipers?

Duluth police officer Richard LeDoux snapped the photo when it happened to him on Monday, the Duluth News Tribune says.

He was responding to a report of an injured owl by the side of the road.

It wasn’t injured; it was curious. You know how owls are.

“It was there maybe a minute or so. It didn’t seem to be in any hurry,” LeDoux told he paper.

  • Will

    I thought the Superb Owl wasn’t coming until next year…

  • MrE85

    I hear barred owls more than I see them, and I’ve never seen one this close. My wife saw one just hanging out on a walking trail.

    Some say their distinctive hoot sounds like “Who cooks for you?” I say they are just cool birds.

    Also in MN nature news: Owl, meet wolf, http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/02/08/wolf-in-central-mn/

    • Back when I was delivering newspapers I’d hear one… and then see one perched on a roof….as I traveled through various neighborhoods, the thing kept following me and “hooting.” It was a delightful pre-dawn that day.

      • Rob

        Cool – your patronus is a barred owl!

  • Anna

    When I was in grade school and this was in the days when not all cars had air conditioning, we were driving home from the drive-in and a screech owl flew into the open back window of our 1950 Buick Special.

    You baby boomers out there know which one I’m referring to, the one with the three oval chrome holes in the hood and the big chrome grin on the front. No power steering and drove like a tank.

    I believe we were “screeching” in the back seat as much as the screech owl.

    Luckily, none of us were injured, including the owl and my father quickly pulled the car over and opened the back door and out it went into the night where it belonged.

    That’s one cool-headed officer of the law and what a beautiful creature!

  • rallysocks

    I fall asleep every night to the sounds of an owl outside our window. I much prefer that to the really still nights when all one can hear is the coyotes. *shiver*

  • Rob

    My guess is that the owl was just trying to determine if the officer was edible, and if so, how to get at him.