Whoooooo knew?

December 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm 4 comments

Living in the boonies, we get to see a lot of wildlife doing—well, wild things.  Turkey sex was an interesting sight to watch as we ate dinner one spring evening.  It’s also awesome to witness the bucks knocking antlers.  But what’s been happening the last few nights has been totally bizarre.  Whoooooo knew such cool stuff happened after dark

Last night, I stepped outside the garage to call my cats.  The smallest one, Fluffy, came running, and when she did an owl flew after her and went over my head!  Thinking it was a fluke—a once-in-a-lifetime event—I stood there in shock when it flew over again.  And then twice more!  It was very odd because it would turn its head and look right down at me as it went over, and it was totally silent in flight. I brought Fluffy in and thought it was all over.

Tonight I again went out to call the cats.  Two of them were outside—one (Blacky) chasing a rat around and around a bush, and the other (Fluffy) came running toward me.  About that time, I heard something in the tree and looked up just as the owl was landing on a branch.  Fluffy came in, and the owl remained perched in the tree watching Blacky chase the rat.  A few minutes later, a second owl flew over!  I just kept thinking, “Why don’t I have that videocamera out here?”  (Not that I’d know how to use it at night…I’ve barely figured out how to use it in daylight…)  🙄

The situation got more bizarre when I went in to get husband so he could come see.  Within minutes, both owls flew into the same tree about 20′ from us.  Fluffy wanted back out, so watched as she climbed a tree (something she NEVER does).  She sat there on a branch, and sure enough—one of the owls came in and landed in the same tree on a nearby branch.  It screeched at her 4 or 5 times, but she stayed perfectly still and held her ground.  She eventually climbed down, and both owls flew off when they realized Blacky ate the rat and they would need to go elsewhere for dinner.

So tonight I am charging the videocamera, and tomorrow I will read up on how to film at night.  But wait—tomorrow is church night, so I won’t be able to try it out until Friday.  Well, one of two things will happen.  (1) I will get some really cool video this weekend OR (2) I’ll never see the owls again and you will think I’m nuts.  There is also a remote possibility that both of those things will happen. 😉

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  • 1. Nita  |  December 11, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Hii Rita!!

    The first thing I thought of when you talked about the owl flying by is that it was going to pick up the cat and fly away. Owls can do that you know. I sure wouldn’t want anything to happen to your kitties.

    Nita

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  • 2. okwriter2  |  December 11, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Nita, MY first thought when I saw the owl was that it was some sort of mysterious “dead people” experience… you know, a visit from Mom or something. 🙄

    And even though the cat is a runt, she and the owl are about the same body size. It might have knocked her out of the tree, but I’m not sure either owl is big enough to get her on the ground. But it COULD happen… Stay tuned! 🙂

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  • 3. Cheri  |  December 11, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Don’t let that owl get your kitty. When deacon was a puppy we had a hawk sit outside and watch him all the time. I wouldn’t let him out unless I was right there.

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  • 4. okwriter2  |  December 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    We have tons of hawks, but they are more interested in the squirrels. I’ve never seen one actually CATCH a squirrel, but they chase them all the time. 🙂

    I suspect the owls are peeved because my cats are eating all of the rats. But if one of those owls flying overhead poops on me, I may have to re-think that suspicion. LOL!

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