Betrayed by the sky last evening: sunset in the east with the rising of the moon.
To the west…..
All this beauty followed by fantastic news from the Wolery: owl sounds and sightings in the last few days….after sunset today an owl flying into the box…one year to the day since we observed our first occupant.
all is well in this small corner of the world!!!
Illustration by Ernest H. Shepard
from The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
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