Happy Friday, my friends ~ I hope you are all well! I have a little nature story to share with you all today ...
So Mum and I were sitting at the breakfast nook earlier, drinking our tea, chatting about Thanksgiving, and enjoying the drizzly November day ...
When suddenly Mum exclaimed, "What on earth is that thing sitting on the fence?"
The very large size of the creature seemed to suggest it was too big to be a bird ... but upon closer inspection, we realized it was indeed a ginormous owl! From its perch upon the paddock fence, it was quietly (perhaps sneakily) watching "the ladies" (our neighbors' hens), who were visiting our yard for their "afternoon tea."
So what did I do? Well as I'm sure most of you can guess, I flew outside with my camera ...
... and got as close as I could, snapping away. It was almost eerie, the way this HUGE bird turned his head to stare me down!
I got just a few shots before he spread his wings and took off. He was aiming right for the hens, so I gave a loud hiss and at the last minute he veered off into the woods. The ladies, understandably flustered, ran off in a line, clucking and crashing through leaf piles as they headed home.
I came back inside with a few pics, wet socks ... and a thumping heart!
(Our neighbors occasionally share fresh eggs with us ~ I think we've earned our next dozen!)
Oh, so where do the turkeys come in?
Well, my mum was telling me about a flock of turkeys she saw on her drive up that morning; they were milling about in a farmer's field not far from here. We were joking that the turkeys were pretending to be cows, as close as we are to Thanksgiving.
Have you had any wildlife encounters recently? What was the last bird you spied - at home or while out and about?
Enjoy your weekend, my friends ... it will be a homey-but-busy one for us, as we prepare for the holiday next week. We're also keeping our eye on our Earlybird (who continues to do well) and praying about his upcoming tests. (One in a couple of weeks, another after the first of the year.) Thank you again, for all your kind thoughts and prayers.
See you here again very soon ...