A beloved owl who became a well-known resident in New York’s Central Park has died.
Barry the barred owl was flying low in search of a meal when it collided with one of the park’s maintenance vans on Friday morning, park authorities said.
The owl’s death has prompted bird lovers across the world to share their photos and memories of Barry.
A Twitter page dedicated to birds in the park said they would miss Barry’s “wondrous and beautiful presence”.
The owl had become a popular sight for visitors to Central Park, especially last year when the pandemic hit, and many bird watchers would visit to try and photograph the park’s star resident.
According to the Central Park Conservancy, the incident happened at 02:30 local time, when the owl “made contact” with the vehicle. “It’s with a heavy heart we share that a barred owl, a beloved Central Park resident, passed away early this morning,” it said on Twitter.
“The barred owl’s presence in Central Park brought so much joy, reminding all of us that the Park is a vital greenspace for all New Yorkers, including the wildlife that call it home.”
I often watched the #CentralPark barred #owl fly out as a nightly ritual after work. Never got old. Last night, I could only visit her in my photos & memories. RIP Barry, thank you so much for your time with us! ❤️ #birdcpp #BirdTwitter #barredowl #bird #birding #nature #wildlife pic.twitter.com/Yupb2yhwQw
— David Lei (@davidlei) August 7, 2021
Since the creation of the park, more than 280 bird species have been recorded there.