Monday, February 15, 2016

Year of the Owl

In the spring of 2015, the neighborhood became aware of an owl's nest in the lot just north of the Haack's. It was soon apparent that there was an owlet there as well. Near daily trips with and without binoculars introduced us to many neighbors we had not met. We were told it was a Great Horned Owl; truly a massive bird. It had taken over a hawk's nest. Crows were upset with the predator's tenancy, but crowing and dive bombing made no difference. Owl and owlet were unmoved until the little one finally learned to fly.

It was quite a spectacle and only rivaled by the bridge construction for bringing the neighborhood outdoors.

The 2015 wrap was inspired by the owls. Constructed of wire, stuffed with cotton balls and socks and wrapped with white chenille. Inside was a pouch containing a colorful agate necklace.