I’m happy to report, there is evidence of some friendly feathered visitor’s at Casa Boomdee-ville. A couple of plugs of Bark Butter where missing and some seeds from the heart feeder have been scattered 😀
I’m still eagerly trying for the holy grail, ‘a photo of a visiter at the feeder’. Apparently my guests are sneakier than I had anticipated, but I’ve given Blossum and Petals a stern talking to and they are to pull up their britches and spy on those birdies……as soon as they’re up that is.
Last week, when I visited ‘Wild Birds Unlimited’ to pick out my new bird feeder and Bark Butter, I was happy to be invited back for a special event featuring Biologist, Dr. Gordon Court and his tame Barred Owl.
Meet ‘The Colonel’ a female Barred Owl who, we are told, eats pretty much everything. She lives in a large open aviary where she’s even able to fly. She was so soft with deep layers of downy feathers. We were told by Dr Court that owls can easily withstand extreme cold in the wild easier than heat, which can be fatal to them. They generally live to be 9 – 13 years of age in the wild. Car fatalities claim many before then. Did you know, White Horned Owls will eat these and other owls in the wild? That’s kind of creepy isn’t it? Owls eating owls, yikes.
YouTube via Canada Wild One Channel
Locally, they’re found in the Boreal Forests of Northern Alberta. If you watch the video, you can hear their call. Does it sound like he’s saying “who-cooks-for-you?”
Mr B and I had a great visit, as did all the little ones at the store. One little girl took pictures of the owl with her own ‘owl camera phone’. Kids are so darn tech savvy, HA.
I also spotted this fabulous bird bath, it’s glass with Hummers and flowers and I must have it. What’s that Mr B? We should wait till we have a yard? Awwwwww 😦 but it’s sooooooo pretty!
I thought it was a great event, I know the kids really enjoyed it. I was impressed at their clever questions for Dr Court. One young fellow asked if she loses her feathers in the summer, and in fact she does around her legs and talons. Hey, good one kid, I was just going to ask that 😉 I totally feel if you’re taught to respect and enjoy nature as a young child, you’ll grow up to be a more empathetic and caring adult. Bravo to the families attending!
After our excellent adventure at Wild Birds Unlimited, we toodled over to Urban Scrapbook to get a couple of necessities for my next project. Here’s a little sneak peek.
Wow! A Starbucks latte, the beauty of nature and a scrapbook store all
in one day! Snap! I’d say my date with Mr B was a real hoot.
What do you think would be a ‘Perfect’ date?