Licht Years

where are you going, where have you been?

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 Β 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 thoughts on “guess whoooo

  1. Carolyn Piotroski

    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?

    1. soonie2 Post author

      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!

  2. lisa

    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.

    1. soonie2 Post author

      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.

  3. DaVida Nature Photography

    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.

  4. EvaUhu

    this is great πŸ™‚ I’m quite a bit in love with owls, too. they are just too awesome! so keep enjoying your new neighbours πŸ˜‰

  5. elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod

    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!

  6. Theresa

    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!!!

  7. mpejovic

    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/

    1. soonie2 Post author

      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!

  8. janellmithani

    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! πŸ™‚

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