Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm Not a Very Good Birder

I heard a Screech Owl trilling last Wed. I thought it must be in my neighbor’s yard based on the volume of the trill. I thought it was pretty cool.

I heard it again on Saturday at 6 PM. It was still light enough so I decided to try to track it down.  I followed the sound over the pine trees that separate my yard from my neighbor’s. I circled the pine trees to try to get a location of the bird. I stood under the trees to make sure that my ears weren't playing tricks on me. The trill emanated from directly overhead. I could not see the bird. I moved farther away once I realized that the bird was probably sitting on my head but still could not see it. Another trill started from the neighbor’s yard. Only then did I see the first owl as it flew out of the pine tree and toward the other triller.  Curses. I suck. 

The trilling returned to my yard later that evening but I was too embarrassed to try again. He was back on Sunday too – mocking me I think.  


Anonymous said...

Oh, Linda, please don't make me come over there to settle you down. Pull up your big girl panties and go find that owl, tell him/her to sit still while you photograph him/her, and then he/she can go hide again.
Mama Stone has spoken! HH

ShearH2O said...

First...You're a very good birder.
I've seen that first hand.
Second...When in Owlville you need to act like an Owl, or at least toot like one. Screech Owls are so curious that you can sound like a human imitating an owl and they will still come to visit