Hitchcock might have enjoyed this avian encounter

Sep 18, 2016
Courtesy of: Jean M. Patterson

In your Sept. 8 article about the Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, you wrote, "Festival officials remind those enjoying the festival to keep an appropriate distance from all species they observe."

On the eve of the Bird Fest, while walking with a friend in my neighborhood forest (aka Pine Ridge Park), I felt a sudden tug on my head. When I looked up, I was startled to see a young owl flying not far above me – with my now-removed hat in hand – er, in its talons.

Despite our noisy protests, the owl climbed higher and higher, eventually settling on a distant branch. Its smug look as it glared down at me seemed to be saying, "Forgetaboutit. You're not getting your hat back."

Either the owl thought it had snatched something exotic for dinner or thought it should look festive for the festival.

Indeed, my hat is a goner, so it might have been helpful for the officials to extend the same reminder to the birds.

Jean M. Patterson


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