I had also never seen an owl in "real life." I had been a birder for over 10 years and not once seen an owl. I always heard owls in the night calling to each other while I was laying in my tent while camping.
But last month, an owl just "fell" out of a tree right in front of me at the park. And then I realized I was surrounded by three barred owls...lucky me! They are very cool animals to observe. They remind me of cats with wings.
Well, I decided to try and needle felt a barn owl.
I think he is kinda cute. I gave this one to a friend, but I think I will make several more this week.