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Twilight Visitor

 Last night, just around dusk, Nancy called us all into the family room that looks out on our back yard so we could see the young Barred Owl that sat perched on the edge of the swing set.  The bird remained there for quite a while, looking around, allowing itself to be checked out by a hummingbird that buzzed around it for several moments, and a pair of nesting Carolina Wrens that emerged from the forest to scold it loudly for coming near their home.  Occasionally the owl made a small screeching noise -- kind of a rising, raspy whistle, which sounded nothing like the clear hooting call of adult Barred Owls ("Who cooks for you?!  Who cooks for you, all?!")  Finally, it flew to the edge of the wood, where it was joined by one of its siblings.  Moments later, they retreated deeper into the forest.  A nice reminder that this was home to birds and deer and all sorts of other creatures before we built our house.  We'll be looking for the birds again tonight.


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davidbcoe
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alis. He was pretty cute, particularly when the hummingbird buzzed him and he followed it by doing that 360 degree head swivel that owls can do.
sartorias
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing photo.
davidbcoe
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sherwood. I was thinking that I needed a more powerful lens. But I'm a photographer, and I ALWAYS think that I need a new lens....
kmarkhoover
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is cool! I love owls.
davidbcoe
Jul. 7th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Me, too, Mark. I've always thought that if I had a totem, it would be a Great Horned Owl. But I love them all.
crazywritergirl
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. I just adore owls. This one's a beauty. Alas, our foxes have moved on, but we've gained some sort of yellow bird in the hanging baskets on the front porch. I'll have to figure out what it is because I'm sure you'll ask me one of these days.
davidbcoe
Jul. 7th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. American Goldfinch? Baltimore Oriole? (Though they're more orange than yellow) Yellow Warbler? Hooded Warbler? Google any of them and you'll get pics. That should help.
crazywritergirl
Jul. 7th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That will help me narrow down the field. Hubby said he thought it was a canary, but to him almost every yellow bird is a canary unless it's got a six foot wing span (grin).

Funny that you mention it, but Owl is one of my animal totems. I love listening to them at night.
davidbcoe
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
American Goldfinch: Also known as the Wild Canary. Sorry, Sweetie, but Hubby's right.
crazywritergirl
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Great. Now I'll never hear the end of it. It's bad enough that he's an Alpha Geek now he's an expert on Wild Canaries. Sigh..

Thanks...
parsleigh
Jul. 8th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Great picture!
davidbcoe
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Denise!
faithhunter
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
owl
The hubby saw a juvie barred owl on the RV in the back yard on Sunday night. It sat there for 30 minutes alternately staring at the ground and at him through the window. He had a great time!
davidbcoe
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: owl
Very cool. Hope he took pictures.
beatrizwench
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Amazing photo, David!
davidbcoe
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Beatriz!
markwise
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing, David! I love owls. They look so mysterious and haunting. They captivate me so much when I see them.

davidbcoe
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, Mark. I have the same reaction to owls. Hawks, too. I can watch them for hours.
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