purest white against greening meadow grass, the egret enjoys good hunting…
remnants of last years owl meals cleaned away, replaced with new shavings…
last night’s sunset silhouettes the waiting box…
the past two Januarys have provided our first sightings of new occupants for the owl box…today is the 29th…will they appear…???
Filed under Nature, Seasons
Venturing out on a blustery evening,
we sit side by side on the wooden settee,
watching the sky darken behind the owl box.
Just as it seems the box will fade from view against the night sky, an owl flies over and into the box, greeting its mate inside.
Now in the second year of occupancy, we have become much more relaxed about our tenants, not going out as often to watch for them….but still thrilled, when we do, to see them come and go before dusk becomes night.
Illustrations by E. H. Shepard from the House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
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
On cue, shortly after 6 pm, as though sensing the presence of a special audience, our owls gave a lively performance. The grandchildren loved it – enchanted by their raspy chirping and graceful movements.
Next morning we set out into the orchard with walking sticks
– our own version of Christopher Robin and friends exploring the Hundred Acre Wood.
By discovering clues on the ground (owl pellets), we found the owl’s perch in the oak.
We searched high
and we searched low,
but being nocturnal by nature, the owls are difficult to spot during the day.
…………the joy of seeing God’s creation through the eyes of children……….
Illustrations 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