We are saddened to learn that our beloved BARRED OWL died last night in an accidental collision with a @CentralParkNYC maintenance vehicle. We will miss her wondrous and beautiful presence in the park. pic.twitter.com/WjgS7cuxJR— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) August 6, 2021
I didn't forget about my birds yesterday, exactly, but my heart wasn't in it because of the very sad news about Barry the Owl being killed. I never actually saw Barry, although I looked for her every time I've been able to go to the park in the past few months. She was the latest in a series of avian celebrities, like Pale Male the hawk and Mandy the Mandarin duck, to hang out in Central Park, but because she was around during the dark lockdown days in 2020, I think New Yorkers loved her even more than they normally would have.
Rest in peace, sweet girl.
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