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Owl transfixed by Halloween light display on San Diego home

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 15:56:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Del Cerro woman had a rare - and timely - encounter outside a Halloween display on her morning walk Tuesday.

Liz Harley and her friend Terry Finstad spotted an owl in the middle of the street, transfixed by a light show of bats on the side of a home.

“It was just so cool,” Harley told 10News.

Harley and Finstad have been walking together for 25 years, since their children were small. Now they’re both grandmothers and keep their tradition alive.

During their walks, the two have seen all kinds of wildlife: coyotes, rabbits, skunks, raccoons. At first, Harley thought the owl was a cat, but then she noticed its head spinning.

“We just watched it,” she said. “We wondered, what is it doing?”

The owl spent several minutes absorbed by the flying bats, oblivious to Harley’s golden retriever. Harley and Finstad walked on, and when they passed through the area again, the owl was gone, leaving only feathers behind.

“Kind of reminded me of Harry Potter,” Harley said.

Harley, who usually goes to the gym on Tuesdays, is glad she chose to stay close to home.

“I was rewarded for walking this morning.”