It's Exciting

Sunday, August 24, 2014

There are some things I'll never grow tired of.

Some are small

and some are very large,

but no matter their size it is always exciting to see the Barred Owls back at the porch.

There must be something special about this tree at the end of our porch

because they come very often to perch and spend the day...

I recently shared our Summer Garden with you and this was one of the pictures.

Notice the branch above the farthest rocker, this is one of the branches the owls perch on...

The owls don't seem to mind us.

We let Ellie-Mae outside,
 and they watch us and her.

We rock on the porch,
 and they watch us.

I take pictures of them,
and they watch me.

The owls are very high up in the tree so to get close up pictures I have to use my zoom lens.

They must feel safe and not threatened by us,

they just close their eyes and rest, opening them every now and again to watch us,

and have never flown away because we were around.

When they see something interesting like a bird or squirrel,

they perk up and their eyes get so big, round and bright...

guess they are thinking about supper?

In reading about these owls I learned that they don't migrate, they don't even move around very much.
Of 158 birds that were banned and then found later, none had moved farther than 6 miles away.

The oldest Barred owl on record was at least 24 years old.

It's always exciting seeing the owls visit the porch,

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Join us each week for AMAZE ME MONDAY...


  1. WOW! Those are some awesome pics - and I even showed hubs! I can't believe it is so close to you!

  2. Wow! They are beautiful. How blessed you are to have them around. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures.

  3. I love to look at birds - as long as they can't get to me! This is an amazingly beautiful creature! Glad it didn't swoop down on you!

  4. What a gorgeous creature and your photos are fantastic, Cindy! How blessed you are to have this little guy take up residence in your tree so close to your house...just amazing!!!

  5. Your pictures are absolutely amazing!! We have great horned owls behind our house but they are never that close. I'd love to see them like you get to. :)

  6. So exciting to have these right outside your door!

  7. Hi Cindy,

    LOVED these pics of the beautiful Barred Owl!! Ever since I was a little girl, I've adored these sweet and adorable birds; they just seem so friendly and, to appoint them a human characteristic, humble. Great post, thank you!!

    Happy Saturday!


  8. Those were wonderful photos of the Barred Owl. I've never seen one in life - and those close-ups were excellent. I love the thought of them staring, and you rocking and snapping photos. A great relationship!

  9. Amazing post,Cindy. Thank you for these incredible photos!

  10. This is truly a spectacular thing, Cindy. Your photos are even better this year! I love the sequencing - it looks as though he was yawning in the second photo before nodding off, and then the surprise look with wide eyes - great work!

  11. How awesome, Cindy! I'm amazed that they don't feel threatened by you. Your photos are beautiful. There must be something very special about your home!

  12. Wow...what an amazing guest! He/she is so beautiful...

  13. Morning Cindy,
    Wow, he is a beauty or and they are big!!!
    What a fun gift from the Lord..........and what great photos these are, you captured him
    so amazingly well........these could be in National Geographic, seriously!!

    Neat that they just watch yall and aren't threatened or scared away. So how long do they
    keep coming, is it just certain times of the year, or do they come and go all year??

    Enjoy those owls........very neat!

    Blessings, Nellie

  14. Amazing! I am stunned that they stay so close... Beautiful pictures.

  15. Oh my gosh Cindy how CUTE!!! Your photos are the one of him sleeping!!

  16. What a magnificent creature! It IS exciting to see an owl in the tree! I get excited seeing the cardinals and blue jays in my garden.

  17. Oh, I love your owl pictures! I have never seen one in person. Would LOVE to!

    Have a great weekend.

  18. They are wonderful!! I love the one sleeping. You are blessed to have such beautiful visitors & such an incredible talent in photography. Thank you for sharing.

  19. I would absolutely be tickled to death if I could take a photo! I've never taken a photo of an owl.

  20. How wonderful that they feel safe enough to stay when you're out and about. This was a really interesting post and I enjoyed learning about them.

  21. Nature is so wonderful. I love the wildlife in my yard, too. I hear owls quite often but have never seen one here.

  22. I very much enjoyed seeing beautiful...and thanks for sharing!

  23. They are so beautiful and unique! Great photos my friend...AMAZING! Hugs, Diane

  24. I just can't get enough of that cute, little face!
    Great pics :)

  25. THESE PHOTOS ARE AMAZING! The owls are just beautiful, what a treat to have them there, and thanks for sharing the pics with us.

  26. Beautiful owl photos. So unusual to see them up close like that, lovely!

  27. Just incredible!!! I'm in Awe!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  28. wow! that must be amazing to stumble upon in person. thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos.

  29. That is the coolest thing. Your photos are amazing. How fun.

  30. Awesome pics!! And I must say they have the cutest faces of any owls I have ever sweet!!!


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