Thursday, September 24, 2009

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

I fell asleep last night and awoke this morning to the sound of a Barred Owl outside my window declaring his ownership to all of Oakwood laying to the west of Circle Avenue, with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto, up to and including killing with talon and beak, any and all bunnies or squirrels seen fit to consume, and thereby also declaring his intent to kick the very owl pellets out of any and all interlopers, particularily that feathered S.O.B. up on Cedar Avenue who has the timarity to reply to his declarations of ownership.

This is great news for me after the Great Owl House Caper, or as it's whispered behind my back in the neighborhood as "Gunnar's Folly". I would like to be the first to wish him great hunting and a long life. And good luck on luring a lady to help deal with the bunny issue. And owlets - we need plenty of owlets!

After posting the above I went out to the backyard late this afternoon to do some light gardening. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of a feathered stealth fighter swooping down from a high oak and picking off a squirrel from a tree across the yard. He kind of hit him coming up from below. A four foot wingspan will get your attention, but the squirrel never knew what hit him. Not a sound! Unfortunately we still haven't seen any indication of a female about, yet I remain optimistic. How could any female resist such a magnificent creature?

5 comments:

lil sis said...

I can't imagine what a sight it was to have seen the attack. I hope he stays, sets up camp in the doghouse in the tree.

Gunnar Berg said...

It really does look like a doghouse doesn't it? I was going to carve "Sam" over the door - for my dog angel.

Margadant said...

The Oakwood oaks and lake shore semi-Gungle are a fitting environ for neo-Sam. I wish him good hunting and pleasant mating. As for you, congratulations on attracting some very interesting viewing.

Anonymous said...

Only a fool would remain optimistic abvout the possibility of female. Dex

Gunnar Berg said...

Worse that that. I haven't heard the old boy for two or three days.