Friday, May 15, 2009

The owl whisperer

Can you stand another post and more photos of our screech owl family?

This evening, we spotted what we think is a third baby child. This one is much smaller than the other two. I didn't get a photo then so we returned later, set out lawn chairs, and waited. And waited and waited. No baby owls appeared at the top of the nest box.

In the meantime, James spotted the mother (or dad?) roosting not far away from the nest box, higher up in the live oak branches. He/she really blends in with the foliage.

I told James that he needed to try calling up a baby owl with his "rap" calls. So he got to moving and sputtering....

It worked! Up came a baby owl!!!

I laughed and laughed. Is that amazing or what?

My husband, the owl whisperer!


Town Mouse said...

How wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing.

Pam/Digging said...

Priceless pictures, Sheryl. Who knew owls liked rap?

CiNdEe said...

We also had an owl family in our pine tree. Great Horned Owls. We loved seeing them everyday and we talked to them too. THey had two babies. One died after it hatched and we found it on the ground. It was very sad. It is so amazing to see them. I just loved hearing their who whooooos every night. They nested way up in the cavity of the tree we did not have a box. A box would be so fun!
I had what looked like a screech owl in a wood duck house last year. It did not nest but was just in there during the day.
Thanks for sharing your story and pictures I loved reading about them!!!!!!

CiNdEeS' GaRdEn

maewestern said...

There are never too many owl posts! James totally amazes me ... he really IS an owl whisperer, isn't he? What fun!

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