Saturday, February 28, 2009


Last weekend I woke up in the wee hours of the morning, and heard this sound: o o o o o ohhhh ohhhhh....... o o o o o o o ohhh ohhhh ohhh ohhh.

Upon replicating the sound for a friend she realized that we had heard a Screech-Owl.

Check this out.

Sounds a bit better than me.

Now imagine standing outside in pitch black on a deck high enough you feel you are in the canopy of a forest. You hear the harmony of one owl in the protected heritage cedar on the right, one owl in the protected heritage cedar on the left, and another off yonder a little ways.

A symphony of Screech-Owls. Call and answer.

Peaceful. Natural. Breathless.

And... the Western Screech-Owl is an endangered species, federally and provincially. How amazing it is to have an endangered species take refuge in your yard!

First deer, then hummingbirds, then raccoons, and now screech-owls. I think I am ready for a cougar showing up. I also hear there have been grizzly spottings on the island. Hmmm...

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