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And whooooo is looking down at me- the saw whet owl has owlets! May 19, 2015

Mama northern saw whet owl

Mama northern saw whet owl peering down at the photographer pointing a camera up at her!

Northern saw whet owlet looks out at a brand new world!

Northern saw whet owlet looks out at a brand new world!

 

So how can you tell what a nocturnal critter is doing all that time in the nest box?  Why, working at making one of the cutest babies in the world.  And when the baby owlet peeks out, you know everything must have gone very well indeed!!

 

Look who’s living at our house – a Northern Saw Whet Owl has decided to use our front yard as a nursery! March 16, 2015

A few years ago, Craig made a squirrel house and put it on the Doug Fir tree in the front yard (just a few feet from our front porch).  While a squirrel used it one winter, it never did house squirrel babies.  Then, the other day as we wandered out in the early morning to get in the truck to go feed the buffs, Craig said, “Well, look at that!”  And peeking out of the “squirrel” box was a wee owl face watching us with the utmost concentration.  We had heard Northern Saw whet owls calling (a very monotonous beep  beep   beep  beep  beep   beep  beep  beep   beep that they can keep up for hours!!!) and, while we’ve never seen two at the same time, we’re quite certain that there are two and that they are nesting.  I took this photo the other day as the little owl sat in the entrance and watched the chickens with interest but no real intent (the chickens are about 10 times larger than this little robin sized owl who mostly eats mice).  To help out a little, we’ve been scattering some bird seed on the ground around the tree at night.  Now that’s what I call a Montana mouse trap!

Saw whet owl watching us watching it!

Saw whet owl watching us watching it!

Watching the chickens.

Watching the chickens.

 

Snow stories – end of the road January 8, 2013

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Sometimes the snow stories are funny, and sometimes they’re sad.   But they’re always interesting.  Here I can see the tracks of a cottontail rabbit making it’s way across the top of the snow.

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Cottontail rabbit tracks running across the snow

I followed these tracks which disappeared in a set of wing tracks.  End of the road for the bunny and dinner for the owl.

End of the road.

 

 
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