Well, I wanted more nature study here and God answered in a wonderful way!
|It is dark in the picture because it was taken at sunset and we didn't want to scare him with a flash.|
Thursday night I was loading the dishwasher when I glanced out my kitchen window. We have a woods behind our house that is maybe 20 or 30 feet away. I like to look out and watch the birds and the squirrels but it just so happens that on this particular time someone was looking back at me. Sitting atop the fence about 8 feet from my window was a beautiful and very large owl. I was so excited. I tried to get to my camera and call Tim to see but in all the commotion he flew off. Tim was able to catch a glimpse of him and thought he was the great horned owl.
Tonight we were waiting anxiously to see if he would come back. He did!!!! He didn't come back to our fence but he perched out on the telephone wire for a long time. We watched him wait for prey and then swoop down when he thought he saw something. I tried to take a picture with my camera which didn't work out very well. Tim got the idea to try the camcorder and we were much more successful with that.
We now know that he is not a great horned owl but a barred owl after getting a much better look at him. He is about 2 feet tall and has a wing span that looks to be around 3 feet. He is amazing! That is probably a huge understatement. We are so thrilled that he has chosen our backyard as his hunting grounds.
We really wanted to give him a name. Tim thought maybe Owliver and then Tyler noted that since he is a "barred" owl we should name him after the "bard" he has been studying. So... we are now calling him Shakespeare. Corny I know but we kind of like it. We are hoping to continue to see him at sundown as we have the last couple of nights.
So here he is:
So here he is:
Please excuse my video editing. I put together the clips as best as I could and I had to get rid of all our background house noise like our dog eating so that is why I have replaced it with music. I still think he is incredible to watch.