Toes Over the Edge

by Stefani on 13-May-2010

Hi friends!

Just a quick pop in today to introduce you to our new little friend(s)

We know that there are at least two owl babies, because we hear lots of scratches and see wings and heads tousling about in there as they vie for a peek of the outside world. They’re clearly growing antsy to see more of it. You can tell by the way they stare, wide-eyed, after every little sound and rustling leaf. They look at they ground and bob their heads in a funny circle. They shift their weight from foot to foot.

The boys call it “dancing” but I’ve seen this look before. It’s the same one that my fellas used to have when they were little; standing on the side of the pool trying to work up the courage to jump.

They look down, sway and bounce, then look to Mama and Papa, who keep vigilant watch from a nearby branch.

Well… vigilant, but also a bit sleepy. It’s a tough row to hoe, this business of raising babies. It doesn’t help that all the local birds are mad as heck that there’s an owl family about. The titmice and chickadees spend their days dive bombing the owl parents and hurling birdy insults at them. My boys get a giant kick out of the “fussing and cussing” sound of fightin’ mad little birds.

The owls though, they don’t seem to mind the wrath of their neighbors all that much really. They’ve got bigger things on their mind. They’ve got babies that like to hang their toes over the edge and contemplate the plunge.

Owls and people alike are holding their breath!

Cassandra May 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Oh, Squeee! So cute!

rae May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

eek!!! i seriously can not get over this amazing experience you are witnessing with your children. incredible!!! thanks for sharing it with us, too.

jeana May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I can’t get over it either! What a delight!! Love the pictures and descriptions…almost as good as being there…almost. =]

molly May 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

absolutely adorable! if only we had owls in our yard. we’ve been getting our baby owl fix with a live owl cam avery found on the web. sooo cute.

Karen May 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

How cute!

Hannah May 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I can’t believe you got such great photos of the owls — in the daytime!! I’ll have to show my lil guy as he is still going great guns on the Guardians of Gahoole series.

Virginia May 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

How much fun to watch! What an incredible thing for the kids.

Nancy May 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

So cute! How lucky your boys are to get to see this (and you, too!!).

Mousy Brown May 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I am following your wonderful owl babies, and Valarie’s Fox cubs (http://valariebudayr.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/05/fox-diaries-hide-nseek.html) with so much envy, how blessed you both are to have such extraordinary goings on right on your doorsteps – but how blessed we all are that you share all the wonder with us! Thank you so much for that – Em x

Visty May 15, 2010 at 12:33 am

That baby owl looks exactly like one of our kitties.

I hope you don’t miss it when they do jump! So wonderful.

Valarie May 15, 2010 at 7:56 am

This is so exciting. I bet you can hardly wait to see them. It’s just great that your owl box has worked so brillantly. So lucky to get a front row seat.

Kerry May 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Aw, so sweet!

molly May 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

this is so wonderful! We’ve been wanting to hang owl boxes here, but haven’t gotten to it yet! My husband is aching to get more barn owls around our farm. (But i have to admit their call kinda gives me the creeps! 🙂 Such fun to be watching them grow up. xo.

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