guess whoooo

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if you’ve been following my blog for a while
you probably know that I’m a bit obsessed with owls
I have heard them around my yard for years
but have never caught sight of one
until now!

about a week ago, one landed on the hook that holds my bird feeder
I was so surprised, I just stood there transfixed
I figured it was probably too dark to get a photo anyway

but then, some nights later
I was out in the yard at dusk and I could hear a lot of chatter in the woods along my yard
then I spied the silhouettes of their wings flying through the trees just feet away from me
I ran like heck to grab my camera and a flashlight and fortunately I found them sitting on a tree branch
two Saw Whet owls…the cutest little things!
I managed to get just a few shots, although not technically the best, but I was happy

now, every night I go out at dusk and listen for them
and every night since, they come to my yard, chattering away
I haven’t taken anymore photos because I’m afraid I’ll  scare them away for good with that flashlight
so for now, I’m just happy to sit back and watch them

We did however buy an owl nesting box and hung it on a tree in our woods
hoping that they will be house hunting soon!

I need to name them…any thoughts?

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54 Comments on “guess whoooo

  1. Gorgeous little creatures! And i love the depth of color of that blue in the background. I’ve never seen an owl in person.. I’m happy for you!

  2. Fabulous shots! I am so envious! We have an owl that’s been frequenting our yard off and on for the past six years (we think it’s a Great Horned Owl by it’s hoot) and I’ve only ever caught a glimpse on just one occasion – five years ago. I was truly in awe; it had a rather large mouse/squirrel/rodent in it’s claws as it swooped overhead. We saw the silhouette and sort of felt it go past. What a rush! We listen for him/her nightly and on the occasions when we are treated to that beautiful sound, we are just. so. thrilled. As for suggested names for your beauties … how about Roger and Pete?

    • Yes, I hear a great horned owl around us in the winter…how lucky you got a glimpse!!! Their hoots are so hauntingly beautiful! Love your name suggestions!

  3. Oh my goodness, Susan, how fortunate you were to be able to photograph these sweet little ones. They are so beautiful.
    If you’ve not read it, check out the book Wesley the Owl. I loved it.

    • Oh, I’ll have to check that book out! I always think of that children’s book “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. A favorite that I used to read that to my kids.

  4. Cool! I will trade you two owls for the flock of starlings who have taken up residence in the tree next to my balcony. They wake around 4 AM, chatter, chatter, chatter, and return at 7:30 pm when it is storming, or 8:45 pm when it is not, and CHATTER, CHATTER, CHATTER for another 15 minutes. (They are loud!!!). A naturalist friend of mine says there could be up to 100 of them roosting in the tree.

    • Oh my, I think not!!! Wow, you have many neighbors, they must like that tree! Think I’ll keep my owls thanks!

  5. Susan, I did not know that you have a thing for owls…glad it’s not mockingbirds! 🙂 How exciting to catch these photos of those birds.

  6. this is great 🙂 I’m quite a bit in love with owls, too. they are just too awesome! so keep enjoying your new neighbours 😉

  7. You are so lucky to catch this on film. We have an owl that lives in the trees just on the edge of our backyard. He is about 2 feet tall. Absolutely huge. The only time you see him is at dusk sitting up in a tree. You can see his silhouette but never able to catch a photo of him. I’m afraid he’s going to scoop up my pug some day and fly away with him!

    • I’d love to see one of the “big guys” one day! I hear them, especially during the winter. Oh jeez, keep an eye on your little pug!!!

  8. these are great shots, susan. so wish i could catch an owl . . . maybe one day i will. : )

  9. whooooo whoooo (hee hee) cares about the technical stuff. You captured really cool moments, I love the blue hour type lighting. How awesome. I love little blessings like this.

  10. I am so very happy you finally spotted them (“spotted???”). To be able to sit with them at dusk? What a wonderful experience. I’ll dive in with some humble suggestions for names: Shadow and Hunter. Let the names (sorry – games) begin!!!

    • They are fun to watch and don’t seem especially afraid of humans! Love your suggestions here…I may just have to take a vote here!

  11. Very pretty! I love owls, although I found out recently that they’re not too smart because their eyes use so much space in their skull that there’s little room left for their brain. I think we have some owls in San Diego but I’ve never seen a real one out there. I’m usually not out when they’re flying, so it doesn’t help. The only owl I’ve been able to photograph was at the San Diego Safari Park. http://milkapejovic.com/2013/06/17/macro-monday-the-great-gray-owl/

    • That’s funny because we always think of them as being wise! Love your image! I also hear the big owls at night, barred owls and great horned owls, especially in the fall and winter months. Love to see one of those one day!

  12. Beautiful pics. I love owls, too. I have a feeling one will be showing up in one of my paintings soon. I love the Manga name, you could name them Manga and Anime the two mediums of Japanese cartooning with the gorgeous large eyes. And, thanks for all the visits to my blog! 🙂

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