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
Reveling in the recent rains and lovely sunshine, mustard is once again blooming in the field;
we are on owl-watch…just a year since we welcomed our first owl couple to the Wolery… then mourned their abrupt mid-March departure
Not quite what we were looking for,…..today, an egg shell from the distant compost pile,
probably deposited atop the box by this visitor
for a mid-morning snack.
– fly-overs by potential occupants, yes……..none have crossed the threshold, yet –
– we wait hopefully, if not patiently
Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard
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