A Barred Owl I think! My first owl as well too! I have been traveling around the last few weeks when I found this chap along side the road on the guardrail off of rout 9 in Massachusetts between Goshen and Northamton. I’m also not sure if it is an adult bird or a Juvenal one. It did allow me to get with in about 10 feet of it before it flew off and land a short distance away. I fallowed him through the wood for a few of these short jumps it made before he finally had a enough of me and disappearing in the thickening woods without landing.