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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Who's There?

Bunny here at the keyboard writing about our newest housemate.

When we go out on our hikes, we're always looking around, hoping we'll see some interesting things in nature.  We've run into a few deer and spied some Bald Eagles from a distance, but we really haven't seen too many unusual animals when we've been out and about.  Now it turns out that we have a better chance of spotting wildlife right here at home.

It seems that an owl has taken up residence in our resident bird nest.  A couple of years ago, some robins built a nest in the awning outside our kitchen window.  This fascinates Dad.  He keeps saying he's going to get us a webcam to put out there so we can watch them all the time.  After the robins move out, some wrens take over the nest and hatch their chicks.  Dad enjoys this so much that he won't disturb the nest.  It sits there unoccupied until the next Spring rolls around.

Last year we had an owl visit once in the awning outside the living room during a bad snow storm, but he didn't come back after that.   This year, the owl seems to really like the spot under the awning.  The three days we've seen him there have been really cold, bitter days.  He seems to know we're in here, but it doesn't bother him much.

Now I've been thinking.  You all might know that I consider myself a mighty huntress.  There's nothing that I'm scared of.  That owl is also a mighty hunter.  If I had an owl to hunt with, imagine what we could catch.  That would make us an unstoppable duo.  Those rabbits wouldn't know what hit them.  He's so fast, Mom's been trying to catch a picture of him flying off, but he always gets past her.  The best we've gotten is this short video.


We think he's a Western Screech Owl, but we aren't certain.  Is there anybody out there who knows for sure?  Also, can anybody tell me how to convince him that we should be hunting partners? 

Also, our friend Mayzie is having a commentathon on her blog today to celebrate one year of blogging.  For every comment she gets, her mom will donate twenty five cents to her rescue group.  They're also going to pick one commenter to recieve a matching donation to a rescue group of their choice.  So, please drop in and leave her a comment today!

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34 comments:

  1. Wow! The video... the owl flew so fast! Like a fast forward owl.. hehehhee.. But its beautiful! I'm sure if your mommy send out an invite to Mr Owl.. he will consider being your hunting partner Bunny. Both of you fly like the wind.

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  2. I'm not sure what kinda owl Mr. Owl is, but I'm sure if you drop him a rat he'll be most convinced that you're gonna be a most formidable partner in hunting!

    Woofs,
    Pepsi

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  3. Lucky you!! The Man Of The House is very jealous.

    He buys lots of special food to attract pretty little finches and robins to our garden. I don't mind them but I don't like the feral pigeons and the squirrels when they try and take the food for the little ones.

    Sometimes we have a heron come and sit on the rood. But your own resident owl!! That's amazing.

    Fraid we don't know what sort he is either but tell us if you find out.

    Love Winnie

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  4. We're sure your owl is a good omen and we're sure he's grateful for a place to perch in this nasty weather that has a roof and maybe even a little heat leaking out through the window.

    We would, however, recommend that you maintain a respectful distance from the owl, Bunny. Owls do not hunt in pairs or teams, and should you both go after the same prey, the owl could very well rip your skin open or scratch your eyes out. Owls are not to be messed with, just admired.

    Jed & Abby

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  5. Fab photos of the owl. All I can confirm is that it is an owl:)

    Can't view your video, but it's my Flash Player that's the problem. Bloomn thing keeps disapparing of my PC:(

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  6. Wonderful. Simply wonderful. Does he start to hoot loudly at two in the morning ?

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  7. What a wonderful guest! It does appear to be a screech owl. We have them here as well. They are very small and cute! At night they make a sound like a dove sleeping. That's what I thought it was until I found a bird call web site with an almost exact recording depicting a screech owl :)

    Luved the video :) So fast it's just a blur! Too funny :D

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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  8. That would definitely fascinate me too! I love the idea of a web cam, so you all can see the comings and goings. I'm glad your friend has found some shelter! You guys would be a hunting force of ground and air speed!

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  9. That is SOOOOOOO khool!

    Of khourse, being 'wise' as I am, Mom and I appreciate owls furry much!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  10. Wow, that is very very cool! Now you really need the webcam!

    I don't know what kind of owl he is... Have you heard him screech? I don't know how often they screech but I once heard one. I was convinced that a child was being tortured in the woods and went running wildly to try to help. Ha! How wrong I was...

    Do you think he/she has eggs under there? It seems very early but I know that the big raptors nest extremely early because it takes so long for their chicks to grow big enough to take care of themselves the following winter.

    I'd bet that the robins and wrens won't be using that nest any more if the owl stays a while!

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  11. That owl is so cool, Bunny! You are lucky to have him living at your house!

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  12. I don't know what kind of owl that is but he is Most Beautiful. What a good hostess you are to let him stay at your house. I bet the two of you would make a pawsome hunting team!

    And thank you, thank you for telling everybuddy abouts my Commentathon! I can't wait to see how many green papers we get to donate!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

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  13. That is so pawsome! Owls are freaky good hunters. Mamma's grandpa's barn is a favorite place for local owls. His barn was a favorite place for all kinds of critters actually! Now that there are no horses in it, there is no telling what all is in there!

    Wiggles,
    Calhoun

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  14. Your new housemate made me think of Hedwig of Harry Potter!
    Have fun with your new friend!!!

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  15. Bunny,
    Dat is so cool! Our neighbors have an owl dat lives in dere barn, we gets to see him sometime. :) Tank yous fur showin' us yours!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  16. OMD, wot a furry (or fevvery) kewl howsegest to has! Glad he be at your howse tho coz here my sis Sydney would be wanting to nom HIM! Go lite a fire unner your dad to hook up that cam so we can all watch! (Eggsept Sydney - she not allowed)

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  17. He's super fast! Are you going to copy his techniques to beat Pip?!
    -Corbin

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  18. How fascinating! We don't know what kind of owl he is, but we are wondering if he could be a peeping tom with his spot outside that window:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  19. Just remember those owls have claws!!

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  20. Man, that owl flew so fast in that video! An owl would be a great hunting partner! Although, I don't know if he'd share with you... We went by Mayzie's blog today and left 5 comments!

    Elyse and Riley

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  21. Nows I don't know why Pepsi suggested you gives him a rat...afteralls, he does live with rats...er, hamsters or whatevers you wanna calls 'em.
    But, I has to say dat is da coolest thing evers. I can't believes he ain't skeered off by all you girls. Why is Morgan not doin; her job?

    Puddles

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  22. Bunny, you and the owl would definitely make great hunting partners. However, I don't think he'd be too willing to share. I hope your dad decides to install a nest cam this year. That would be so cool! By the way, that's an excellent photo of the owl sitting on the nest.

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  23. That would be awesome if you and an owl could become a team! You'd have to start a whole new blog about your adventures. We are kinda scared of owls right now because we read that, in a neighboring town from us, a guy was walking his chihuahua, and an owl flew down and snatched the chihuahua! Luckily the guy still had the leash, so the owl had to drop the puppy... and the pup was wearing a coat, so he didn't get hurt from the owl's claws. Freaky, right???

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  24. Hi! Bunny! It's me Buddy, I went over to comment on the commentathon and forgot to say "Hi!" Like your pictures! I think you and the owl would make great hunting partners. He could spot and you could catch. We have a screech owl in the neighbor. It's fun to watch him fly around at night. Have to keep Jennifer, the poodle, indoors though. I don't think he would know she was a pet not a snack.

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  25. Wow, that is so cool! I don't think I've ever seen an owl so close except at the zoo. I miss seeing wildlife (rats don't count).

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  26. That's so cool!

    Someone on one of the forums I frequent hunts with a hawk and a Brittany. I think if you sweet talk him just right it might work out for you too!

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  27. Wowzers, that is so very cool. I hope you can convince him to partner up with you. Mom and I love owls. We had some nearby one year and could hear them at night. None so far this year. We miss them.

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  28. That is incredible! Except at a birds of prey centre, I've never seen an owl up close like that. How odd it would choose your house. How cool!

    I hope this one is okay and will stick around for some more great shots.

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  29. Amazing! What a gorgeous owl and indeed, he is VERY f-a-s-t!!! I barely saw him/her and had to replay!!! Incredible that this owl can withstand such frigid temps - brrrrrrr. Thanks for sharing this beauty! We went to Mayzie's pawty!!!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Ozzie

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  30. That's pretty cool, Bunny! We don't have owls around here. Just pigeons, opossums, and raccoons!

    Your pal, Pip

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  31. He is a very fancy looking fellow!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  32. Sounds like that nest is pretty comfy!
    I hope the owl stays there with you for a long time!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  33. wow! miss bunny, that is so so cool that you have an owl livin' at your house! he's really handsome like. i wish i knew how to help you convince him to hunt with you, but i don't know how to speak owl!!

    *woof*
    the booker man

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