About 5:00 this afternoon

I looked out a window

Into the front yard

And something caught my eye.

Elliott had told us

That he had seen an owl in our yard

And sure enough

It was back.


I watched it for some time

Then found John to make sure he didn’t miss it.

After awhile owl #2 joined the party.

We stood at the front door and watched.

I snuck around the side of the tree

To get closer for a better vantage point

And for pictures, of course.


Ultimately we had to leave for dinner

When we returned we realized

There were now 3 Great Horned Owls visiting.

We sat in the car for the longest time

Not wanting to disturb them.

Unfortunately, the neighbors weren’t as cautious

And after about 3 hours they flew away.

I’m hoping they will return soon.


I have a childhood memory of my father

Actually catching an owl

To show his curious daughters

Only to be wounded by the owls sharp talons.

Then a few years back

A little screech owl took up residency

outside our breakfast room window

For a few days.


It watched us

As much as we watched it.

Which leaves me to wonder

Is nature as curious about us

As we are about nature?

I certainly hope so.


“Perhaps he does not want to be friends with you until he knows what you are like.  With owls, it is never easy-come-easy-go.” 

― T.H. White, The Sword in the Stone


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