Nearing the end of their stay in our box, the owlets are climbing with great care to the top.
Against the backdrop of other winged creatures,
flexing their wings,
retreating to security inside
or flying into the night.
I am reminded of a quote given to each of our adult children with a copy of the family history:
‘Every child deserves two things: one is roots, the other is wings.’
We have provided roots – a barn owl box made of 100 year old barn wood – and their parents have given them wings – literally and figuratively! God speed little ones!
We are officially obsessed!!! Just at dusk we positioned our chairs so that The Wolery (translation: barn owl box) was silhouetted against the darkening sky. Wrapped in blankets we waited…we were not disappointed. From behind us, on silent wings over the roof of the house came the owl, landing atop the box. As we savored the sight, a second owl appeared from the same direction – we have a couple in residence!!! Both flew into the nearby oak, chatted briefly, before one flew into the box, the other not to reappear before darkness enveloped the scene.
Illustration by E.H. Shepard
from The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
To borrow a turn of phrase from A.A. Milne…
‘IN WHICH OWL MOVES INTO HIS NEW HOUSE’
For Christmas 2012 our youngest son presented this barn owl box to his father. Made to exact specifications from vintage wood, it came with high expectations for occupancy. After much research, discussion, and planning, the box was put up in, what we hoped, was just the right spot: facing east over an open field and in a position to be viewed from the house.
The House at Pooh Corner* immediately came to mind!!
the book given to me by my Grandpa Downs – Christmas 1947
the story of the characters in the Hundred Acre Wood
including the spelling-challenged Wol
who after the wind blows down the tree in which he lived, moves into the Wolery
Just yesterday we spotted a barn owl, looking much like the ones pictured below, fly into the box!!!
Such excitement in the neighborhood!!!
*The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne, Illustrated by E.H. Shepard