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Who Cooks for You?

In Personal Blog on March 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Owl: The Gravest Bird-Proverb

It is official. We have a barred owl nesting in the cavity of the big oak in the backyard. I identified him from the book: Common Birds of Atlanta by Tim Wilson and Anslem Atkins, copyright 1998. It is an excellent resource with very fine photographs of the birds you see everyday in our city and suburbs.

This is definitely a Southern bird. The most exciting thing about our owl is its call.  It sounds like it is asking: “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all?”

It surprises me with its hunting activity. We see it out in the early morning, in mid-day and even in the early afternoon.  This is not an exclusively night-time hunting creature.  

He must find us amusing. We are often hanging around the back porch with binoculars in our hands trying to get a closer look at him.

One of the best things about having an owl nesting in the back yard is how it suppresses the squirrel activity.
Maybe we will get a fig crop this year after all. We like this bird.

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