Not enough time

Trying to make dinner when all I want to do is observe the owlets and their dinner
Trying to make dinner when all I want to do is observe the owlets and their dinner!

This is me peeling sweet potatoes and parsnips for our human dinner, coat and scarf on, ready to run out and take photos of the owlets’ dinner delivery. My Dad took the photo just to show/prove that I was making an effort to prepare dinner for my visiting human parents.

These photos are from yesterday, March 13th.

Peek!
Peek!

It is very hard to spot the parent owl on call in the trees near the owlets. It is much easier to pick out the far away parent resting in the tall pines in the distance (as reported in earlier posts). Below is the exact same photo, one as taken and then zoomed in.

Why the parent owl on watch is hard to spot
Why the parent owl on watch is hard to spot
Same photo, zoomed in
Same photo, zoomed in

The Spanish Moss just blends in with the crown of the Great Horned Owl’s head. They are such good camouflagers! Sometimes even after considerable time looking, I can’t find them and need the assistance of crows, blue jays or other small birds on the attack (mobbing) to clue me in where it is.

And below is my Dad’s version of camouflage on the back porch.

Dad keeping warm on back porch during owlet watch.
Dad keeping warm on back porch during owlet watch.

There is so much going on at dawn, during the day, at dusk and at night that I can’t keep up with the photos and the narrative. I am only able to convey a tiny fraction of the story. The owlets and their parents are endlessly entertaining. Every day I need to do more research on their behavior. I learn something new every day. Actually, several times a day!

Today, March 14th,  my human parents and I went to the Center for Birds of Prey. We had a long list of questions. Steve was great! And patient, knowledgeable, funny, smart, and wonderful. As were all of the folks at the Center. Here is just a preview of tomorrow’s post:

Dad and Steve at Flight demonstration Center for Birds of Prey
Dad and Steve at Flight Demonstration at Center for Birds of Prey

mar 14 harris hawk flying 2 at Birds of Prey 2 mar 14 vulture landing at Birds of Prey 2

And we had a surprise when we returned home. The owlets were looking a little guilty in our absence.

Me? I wasn't doing anything.....
Me? I wasn’t doing anything…..

Not me either!
Not me either!
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