Tuesday 18 November 2014

Serendipity... looking for Mike Muskrat I found an owl!

It's been snowing all day for two days
Hard to believe: Nov. 11th
Green grass!
Red was right.
In a previous post's comment he wrote:
"By watching your muskrat you will 
learn many other things. You have to wait and while waiting other things happen."
We tiptoed down to the pond, Daisy was a hoot. 'Scuse the pun.

She loves following me in the forest. I wasn't sure she was even outdoors, but she heard me. She ran down the path, not wanting to miss anything.
The branches droop,
weighted down by wet snow.
Daisy on the path
Muskrats are sleeping!

Lots of snow on the shelters, the ice melted some.

There was an owl, on a branch.

It peered over its shoulder to look at us
Then moved to peer at Daisy!

The owl, facing away from us, was watching for mice friends in the forest.
I watched Daisy, owl disappeared. I turned my head and the owl was gone. Silently.
I was disappointed.

I looked more carefully, and it had moved to a better vantage point– directly across the pond from us.  Daisy'd climbed a tree, and the owl was watching her play on the branch.

The owl flew around for a better look.

We went back up to the house and watched the smaller, safer birds!
Ready, set, go!
She's getting used to winter, again!

Grass pokes through the snow
The yard is now covered

Mourning doves sit mournfully in the trees
watching the feeder
Here is my video of the owl. It was beautiful!

Barred owl from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Daisy cat and I went down to see the muskrats. Instead I spotted a Barred owl. I could only see its butt, then it flew around to stare intently at Daisy, who had climbed a tree. I decided to bring Daisy back up to the house!


DeniseinVA said...

What fun to see the owl along with Daisy's balancing act in the video. Great photos showed a wonderful walk in the snow.

Olga said...

Glad Daisy is safe, but i love to spot owls, love to hear them hooting at night.

A Colorful World said...

The owl is beautiful! And how cute the cat is playing in the snow. Loved the video and the photos!

Hilary said...

What a treat to spot this beautiful bird. I love owls.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

That's a lovely post. There's a story in there, I think...

William Kendall said...

The owl's quite a beauty!

Red said...

Whew! I got lucky in my prediction. An elderly birder (not me) gave me some good advice one time. She said sit still on the side of the creek and you will see all kinds of birds fly by.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Oh my word... stunning!!!

Recently, on a nature show, we learned that owls do indeed fly silently and it is because their feathers have a different design to other birds... each and every pinna is tapered, giving a serrated effect which passes through the air without 'drumming' it.... just an interesting snipped for ya! &*> Stay warm!!! YAM xx

TexWisGirl said...

i love the barred owls! stay safe, kitties!