The majestic barred owl* … He gets the last word !
It’s a rare treat to see an Owl during the daylight hours so I was thrilled to have it happen on my last trip North to visit my daughter and her husband in New York.
I was inside the house when my son-in-law came in and motioned for me to come out front … “but be quiet” he indicated. The minute I was outside I could see why.
There was a very large Barred Owl perched on the tip of a tall pole near their driveway. These birds, though basically nocturnal, will hunt even before dark if there is prey on the ground that excites them and such was the case here.
My kids had let the chickens out of their cage for a bit of exercise and, luckily, they spied the owl before he could do any harm. However a funny thing happened.
As the owl, practically drooling, looked down on the chicks, my daughter shook her fist at him and shouted: “you stay away from my girls”. At which point the owl turned his beady eye in her direction and then, lifting his tail, let loose a large watery turd.
“…and that’s what I think of that”, he seemed to be saying before he spread his wings and nonchalantly flew away.
* The National Geographic, Illustration by Donald L. Malick