While walking home this evening, I heard a sound that was almost like a dog barking, but not quite. Being a super duper owl enthusiast (as my left arm can attest), I started off in search of the caller. It was a spotted wood owl (Strix seloputo). A quick Google search revealed that I’m not the first person to spot this species on the NUS campus, but I may well have been the most excited ! Apparently, this species’ population was once thought to have dwindled to no more than 10 pairs, but sightings seem to be increasing. Very cool.