Ok, how many of you worried about what you'd see when you got here? And yet you were so intrigued, you continued on. Thank you.
The other night, Mr Farmer and I were sitting in our easy chairs. It was dusk. I looked out the front window and saw some fluffy bird silhouettes in the trees. I knew they were not our usual birds. Mr Farmer had been hearing a strange sound all evening.
I got out the binoculars. The tree is fairly close to the house, but any light left outside was behind the trees, making it hard to see the birds. One bird flew to the ground right in front of me. Sure enough, it wasn't one of our usual birds. It was an owl.
Now, I had to figure out what kind it was. Immediately I thought barn owl. I've never seen any owl in the wild, so it was just a guess. I looked online for different owls. Based on what little I saw, I concluded it might be a northern Saw-whet owl. It seemed the closest to what I remembered seeing.
Night two comes along. Dusk settles in and they are back. Those fluffy little hooters. This time I decide to sneak out and try to get a picture of them. I know their hearing is amazing so I didn't really hold out much hope of getting anything.
I turned on the camera in the house so I wouldn't have that noise. Then, as stealthily as possible for an old woman in flip flops, I snuck slowly around to the front of the house.
They were still sitting there. I could see four of them. Since owls are solitary creatures, I figured they must be babies, fresh from the nest. I snapped a few pictures with my zoom. As I was looking, I noticed there were at least five of them, not four
Then, Buddy decided the owls were a huge danger to my safety and ran at the tree, barking like he would tear them to shreds if they didn't leave immediately. Great!
But, I noticed one of them flew to the bigger tree and didn't scare off. Buddy didn't notice him. I walked over, expecting he would fly away at any second. He didn't.
He just sat there and let me snap his picture, over and over again. How cool!
With my new pictures, I headed inside to research what kind they were. I noticed ear tufts. There are only two kinds of owls with ear tufts in our area. And the most common was the Great Horned Owl. That is what we had, five baby Great Horned Owls!
Here is a stock photo of an adult. So pretty!
What's the coolest bird you've seen in the wild?