The Silent Flight of Owls, Explained

A few evenings ago, while walking through the forest at dusk, my daughter stopped us in our tracks with a loud "shush.” As we stopped to listen, she pointed towards a mewing sound on the trail just ahead of us—and there, two fledgling Barred Owls perched on a wooden railing. As we carefully approached, first one, then the other, flew noisily upwards. Each beat of their still-fuzzy wings whirre...