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Monday, August 6, 2012

Whoooooooooo !

I went outside mid-morning a few weeks ago to let my ducks out of their pen for the day.I encountered this feathered visitor who glared at me, but otherwise remained where he was.I decided my ducks were safer in their pen for awhile longer.
 My visitor turned his gaze from me back to our pond, then quickly swooped down and plucked a frog from it. As he ate the frog ( on the branch), the robins, and other small birds surrounded him and chattered.The owl took his time over Cedar Pond, not the least disturbed by me or the angry birds flitting around him.I left the ducks in their pen for a few more hours just to be safe.

14 comments:

Dolores said...

You have so much beauty and so many interesting things taking place on Cedar Pond. The owl is such an interesting bird.
Have a good week!

goatpod2 said...

My Mom ran into a Great Horned owl once, it got in with our Khaki Campbell ducks that we used to have and did some of them in too. We called the wild life people and they said to shoot it since it was on our property anyways, we had a couple guys working here and they helped my Mom get rid of it.

Amy

Daisy said...

Great pictures of this owl, Kathy! I never thought about the fact that owls might go after ducks. You have much to deal with there in protecting those in your keep.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

The birds can get so bossy. Mama Robin isn't afraid of the owl though. The other day the neighbor dog was barking for what seemed like hours, and the Blue Jays got as tired of it as I was. They started squawking, telling the dog to be quiet. It got to be so much that I just went inside, lol.

Interesting that the owl chose a frog ... great pictures!

Kathy M.

joanne said...

would an owl really go after a duck? Oh my, I had no idea that could happen, good thing you kept them inside. Isn't nature incredible?

Pondside said...

We used to see an owl here from time to time, but haven't seen one for some time now. Our ducks are safe!

Keetha Broyles said...

I'm always a tad envious of those of you who have spotted an owl live and in person and in the wild 'cause I never have.

Nor have I ever seen a shooting star.

I'm quite deprived really.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Owls are so threatening, but so pretty! You got a good photo of him!

Paula said...

Although I love owls of all kinds, you were pretty smart in keeping up the ducks, Kathy.
These are beautiful pictures, though~ it's so rare you actually get the chance to snap a picture of one!

KathyB. said...

Dolores, thank-you. God is so good to us.In spite of the remaining damage to our property from the ice storms, the green growth covering the downed trees & branches has made our property even more a haven for wildlife.

goatpod,I love having owls around here but they and eagles can take a devastating toll on livestock, poultry, small dogs and cats.That is why I have to make sure my animals are closed in and secure in the evenings.

Daisy, they do! They eat bunnies,cats, anything they can catch & carry. ( even fairies :> )

Oregon G.C.J.I was surprised at the boldness of the robins, sparrows, and other small birds . Their noise cannot compare with the ruckus of jays & crows though, you're right!

KathyB. said...

joanne, nature is incredible, and I wish I had the time and photos to go with the many amazing things I have witnessed here on our small acreage.That would take another whole blog!

Pondside, our ducks have to survive raccoon attacks, weasels, owls, coyotes, and even our own dogs. Unfortunately, many, many of my ducks have fallen prey to these predators over the years.

Keetha, you have to come visit me. Shooting stars are abundant in the skies from our place , especially this month. ( when the cloud cover is gone) Sometimes my husband & I set up our lawn chairs outside and watch the. Awesome is the best word I have for it.

Kathleen, thank-you! I am fascinat4ed by owls, but want to keep my poultry too.

Paula, this owl was not shy or timid. Guess he did not consider me a threat.He stayed around quite a bit after my picture taking.

KathyB. said...

Dolores, thank-you. God is so good to us.In spite of the remaining damage to our property from the ice storms, the green growth covering the downed trees & branches has made our property even more a haven for wildlife.

goatpod,I love having owls around here but they and eagles can take a devastating toll on livestock, poultry, small dogs and cats.That is why I have to make sure my animals are closed in and secure in the evenings.

Daisy, they do! They eat bunnies,cats, anything they can catch & carry. ( even fairies :> )

Oregon G.C.J.I was surprised at the boldness of the robins, sparrows, and other small birds . Their noise cannot compare with the ruckus of jays & crows though, you're right!

LindaSue said...

one of my very favorite birds - owls are wonderful and such excellent almost silent predators - thanks for showing the Cedar Pond Owl -

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Kathy, fabulous photos of the owl; he's a beauty!