I like getting thoughtful and odd things for Mother’s Day. Perhaps because I am a thoughtful and odd mother. Perhaps I have thoughtful and odd daughters. This year Caryn surprised me with a screech owl house.
It has been pretty durn noisy in the woods lately during the evening. The screech owls, barred owls and the great horned owls have all been courting up a storm. They are NOT quiet about it either! Down here in the hollow, their calls reverberate and magnify.
Caryn decided it would be great if we could convince a pair of owls to nest in a spot where we might observe them. Google baby owls-they are fuzz balls with big eyes. She purchased a Screech Owl House and talked her Da ( the Piper) into putting it up for me.
Ummm, the whole installation deal was a little hair raising….The Piper up a 20 foot ladder, Caryn down below tying the power drill and then the owl house onto a rope to be lifted to the installation site, me sitting in a chair on the patio, in the sun, taking pictures. Hey-teamwork is teamwork.
The best installation is 18-20 feet high with the box resting in the crotch of a branch, facing east. We were pretty much on target for all of this. The box is constructed of Western Red Cedar, and with a 4 inch entrance hole, it could attract screech owls , Kestrels or Flickers. We think that our population of Pileated Woodpeckers might find this house enticing also.
So thank you Caryn and the installation team! What an amazing Mother’s Day gift! I really hope we get a little action in the house-perhaps things will quiet down in the evenings if-you know- the birds “get a room”.
I thought I would point out something odd that he Piper and I noted after returning from a two week vacation. Look at the picture of the Piper up the tree. All of the vegetation close to the ground has taken off, but the trees are barely budded out. Our usual spring explosion has turned into sort of a green wave-from the ground up!
Kind of an odd Spring here-Out in the Pasture.