OWLS: The long goodbye
June 27, 2008
It has been more than four weeks since the last owlet left the nesting box, but I can't help but look to the opening whenever I look out the window.
So I felt fortunate last week to see one of the owlets briefly -- and luckier still to have my camera handy with a 400 millimeter lens attached.
I am saddened by the thought I probably won't see him or his siblings again, but heartened by the knowledge that this little guy is clearly doing well.
I look forward to late fall, when another screech owl might move into the box and maybe -- just maybe -- another Family Screech will call the nesting box home.
In the meantime, I will clean out the box (and post photos, for better or worse) and make a few adjustments to the box to discourage squirrels.
I am also going to get back to work on a book about my screech owl neighbors, with a huge assist from friend and ace photographer Jerry Barrack, with whom I did the Celery Farm book and the Celery Farm trilogy of children's books.
I will post details about this -- and other books by friends of this blog -- as they develop.