Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched?

Last night, I was reading and heard 2 owls hooting to each other. They sounded fairly close so I grabbed my camera and went out to see if I could spot them. Of course, the hooting stopped as soon as I got outside. I scanned over my backyard trees and then moved around the side of the house to look in my side trees. I got that feeling on the back of my neck that I was being watched. I looked behind me, nothing. I looked up and this is what was leaning over the chimney staring at me.

A Great Horned Owl. As soon as my flash went off, she flew away. I went around to the back of the house to watch her fly over to my neighbor's tree.
  • Great Horned Owls stand about 2 feet tall and have a wing span of 4 to 5 feet.
  • They weigh between 2 to 4 pounds and can pick up and carry away an animal 3 times it's own weight. We've lost at least 2 cats to these owls.
As I was standing on the deck watching the owl in the tree, I go that feeling again and looked up and low and behold, there was a second owl staring down at me from the peak of the roof.

Thankfully, it joined it's buddy/mate next door as soon as I took his picture.
I'm assuming that the larger owl was the female and the smaller one was the male
since the females are about 20% larger than the males.
I'll admit that after I took the second picture, I ran into the house and shivered a little. They kind of freaked me out a bit once I thought about how close they'd been and how carefully they'd been watching me. (Shudder)


DawnS said...

It does look a little on the angry side... amazing though :)

Luhlahh said...

Ohhh! They do seem a bit spooky! Did you see my Tawny Frogmouth photos? (August 25th) L X

Crafty Green Poet said...

gosh how wonderful to find them just like that, but yes slightly spooky too