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Owlets Have Hatched

Posted on March 31st, 2013

On Easter Sunday, between mass followed by breakfast at Her Soup Kitchen, and making dinner for Ben and Michael, Miechelle and I were able to go for a walk at Old Man’s Timber.  The weather was gorgeous, a high clear sky with a light breeze out of the NW greeted us as we walked through the timber.  The timber floor was still a little damp from the recent snowmelt and light rains making our walk seem especially peaceful.

We walked quietly through the ridgetop and made our way down onto the floodplain.  As we approached the owl’s nest, I readied my camera, wondering if the mother owl would take flight.  Suddenly, she was on her way, I was able to catch 3 photographs of her leaving the nest.  The nicest one shows her in full flight!

Mother Owl Taking Flight

Mother Owl Taking Flight

 

As soon as the mother was safely away, I took a quick photo in the nest and was delighted to see the baby owlets in the nest.  If you look carefully, all three eggs have hatched and 3 owlets are comfortably intertwined together in the nest.

Owlets, Easter 2013

Owlets, Easter 2013

 

After the owlet photo, Miechelle and I continued to Old Man’s Creek, by the time we reached the creek bank, we could here the mother owl calling to us from back at the nest.  Hopefully, back to warm and care for her young.  As much as both Miechelle and I enjoy visiting the owl’s nest we both recognize the need to limit the number and duration of our visits during this critical time.

The floodplain flora has yet to awaken, but will do so in the coming days and weeks.  The standing water has left nearly all of the inundated areas from last month’s flooding, leaving behind a light silt layer and valuable soil moisture everywhere in the floodplain.  We are excited to observe the plant life this spring (just our second at Old Man’s Timber) throughout the floodplain and ridge tops.

During our walk we visited a Scarlet Cup that Miechelle found last weekend.  This is one of my favorite early spring fungi because of its vibrant color (especially for this time of year), and because it was one of my first plant discoveries last year after we purchased Old Man’s Timber.

Scarlet Cup on Transitional Slope Between Ridgetop and Floodplain

Scarlet Cup on Transitional Slope Between Ridgetop and Floodplain

 

We also found some very nice moss that was starting to come alive.  Neither of us know much about the various moss species, but I am sure someone will be able to identify this one.

Spring Moss

Spring Moss

 

I better head to the kitchen to help Miechelle with the roasted chicken, twice baked potatoes, roasted asparagus and last year’s corn from the freezer.  Life is good, we are blessed in so many ways.  Happy Easter to all of you!

 

4 Responses

  1. Mark & Jolene says:

    Mark and I were wondering yesterday if Hootie’s siblings had hatched yet! Nice pictures, Larry.

    • Larry Weber says:

      Yup, I think they must have just hatched in the past day or two. Really fun to watch them come to life!

  2. Matt McConville says:

    Larry,
    I just subscribed to your blog last week…this is very, very interesting…especially this time of year with all of the wildlife activity and spring vegetation emergence. I’m looking forward to keeping up with your endeavors on Old Man’s Timber.

    Your closing on this post took it to a completely different level though…you have room your table? My mouth is watering…Take Care.

    • Larry Weber says:

      Matt, you and your gang are always welcome at the Weber table. However, please keep in mind that the menu changes daily!

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