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Owl on the Prowl

Nature can be soooo amazing!

There were a bunch of birds making a fuss around one of the evergreens next to our house a couple of weeks ago and, on closer inspection I spotted something with huge wings in the tree.  I spooked it out of its perch; and then it spooked me when I realized it was an owl (I’ve never seen one that close)!  It flew to a nearby cherry tree where I got these pics…pretty cool!

I was pretty sure there was a bird's nest in the evergreen (they’ve built in there before) and that the birds were trying to worry the owl away to protect the eggs.  But a bird loving neighbor reminded me that it's early for birds to be nesting and that the birds was just trying to get the owl to leave a area they enjoy themselves.  Nature at its finest.  :)

BTW...the third photo was doctored up by my brother who noted that these were no doubt angry birds.  He's a funny guy!

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John Moynihan February 20, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Great shot Elise and your brother has a wonderful sense of humor. We had an owl in a tree by our yard last summer but I never saw it in daylight. I did spot a snowy owl at Plum Island a couple of weeks ago and three eagles along the Merrimack in Newburyport on Saturday afternoon. Go check them out before they head north.
Terry Date February 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Great owl shot, Elise. Check out that camouflage.
Kelly Stephens February 20, 2012 at 04:24 AM
beautiful!!
Elise Scanlan February 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Glad you guys enjoyed! And you're right John, my brother is very funny. Never fails to crack me up (a lot)! I saw a picture of a snowly owl in The Globe yesterday and was awed by its beauty. Never realized/thought about what incredible creatures they are! Thanks for the tip!
John Moynihan February 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
This Wednesday morning may be a great time to see snowy owls.There were 5 seen at the Plum Island Refuge on Sunday. The Audubon office there has a regular Wednesday morning birding group and this week they will focus on finding snowy owls. They leave @ 9:30. Don't forget your binoculars.

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