Here are the Northern Spotted Owls or Strix occidentalis caurina (scientific name) that I've recently painted for the Losing Altitude project - an upcoming book about threatened/endangered birds. Check it out here: www.facebook.com/LosingAltitud…
Every year around June a group of owls come and spend a week in our yard. A mother and two or three chicks. They aren't spotted owls but the babies remind me of these. They come out every night and twitter to my geese who twitter back. It's adorable!
No it's to dark for my camera to pick up anything which is a shame. But it's fun to go out and watch anyway. The most fascinating thing about it that I've noticed is that the mother owl generally keeps her distance and its the juvenile owls that sit on the lower branches above the goose pen twittering to my geese and its generally my goslings that are the ones that twitter back while my adult geese mostly stay out of it. It's a kid thing I guess?!
Maybe every year I practically die of cuteness overload seeing the new babies all talking to each other though. Baby owls and baby geese having a chat! TOO MUCH ADORABLENESS! I imagine that the baby owls are calling to the goslings to come out and play and the gosling are calling back saying they want to but mom won't let them because she says its bed time!
More moved by this family then an irate logger showing off his kid during the Walbran (Washington state) protests in the news. He yelled "You wanna see a logger boy! This is a logger boy!". Another showed his kid in a big toy truck that read "Third Generation Trucker" on the side. Shame on those timber barons and their spin doctors for exploiting the fears of their proletariat footmen. Those kids are probably in college earning a degree or diploma outside of their dad's trade by now. Logging should remain a dying industry and not continuously propped up by bloated legislation.