Rain, Rest & An Owl

The sky has suddenly grown dark. I’m sitting here with Charlie listening to the growl of thunder in the distance. The first drops of rain fell, then inexplicably stopped.

This morning I went out on the patio with my camera for my first stroll of the day through the garden, and I heard an owl but can’t place where it is.

Woo-hoo! Woo, woo, woo.

I’ve been hearing it the past few days. I don’t recall hearing one here before. I would love to attract owls to my garden. But I can’t think of a place that is tall enough for an owl house, as it needs to be at least 10 feet off the ground.

And even if the tree was in my yard, which it is not, I don’t want to be climbing up trees.

They say the most common owl in a garden setting is the barn owl. They eat all kinds of creatures you don’t want around.

I walked around trying to locate where the sound was coming from. When I stood underneath the tree branches, the sound stopped.

My guess is it was in the tree, but I couldn’t locate it. The sound of the owl seemed farther away.

But what do I know about owls? Maybe it already has made a nest up there somewhere.

Then I heard the resident ducks overhead, probably headed for the pool.

I’ve been looking online for about a week for a cat tree Ivy might possibly like. I know she must get bored staring out the window and sleeping. And her chair is already riddled with tiny holes.

I was thinking one might be nice set up over by the patio doors, where she could watch me working out in the garden and see the birds flitting around.

I just have to be sure to find one that is strong and stable enough for her size. The ones I’ve looked at have fit some of the criteria and not others.

With some of them I’m afraid the steps are too far apart, and Ivy is tentative about going up things she’s not sure she can land safely on.

Yesterday afternoon I worked for hours outside, cleaning up and putting dead leaves into lawn bags.

I overdid it a bit. I wish there was an alarm in my head that would go off just before I get to that point so I could stop before I inflict pain on my ankle that will last for days.

It’s getting so dark I’m going to have to turn on a lamp I think. This seems more like 8 o’clock at night than 8:41 in the morning.

My plants could use a nice rain shower. And I could use a simple day of rest. The only way I’m likely to get it is if it’s raining so hard I can’t go outside, where there’s always something that needs to be done.

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21 Comments

  1. A hooting is likely a great horned owl. Barn owls screech. And owls that answer you back are likely being territorial. So be careful in letting your little doggo out…

  2. In regard to what anonymous says, I remember reading a book many years ago called “I Heard the Owl Call My Name”. It was about a young minister who travels to Canada to work with a native population. They believed that before death one would hear an owl call to them. It had a sad and very touching ending as the vicar hears his own name. I’ve only seen an owl once, although I am in a rural and woodsy area. My husband could always distinguish between the owl’s cry and the mourning dove’s, but they sound the same to me. Brenda, your garden is a little piece of paradise!

  3. If I might make a suggestion, to set an hourly alarm for when you’re out gardening. Then take a couple of minutes to scan your body and check for any issues that might be showing up.

  4. If it was not evening or very early morning , perhaps it was not an owl, but a morning dove? Here is a link with their sound – often mistaken for owls, whose “who, who” is a lot quicker than the sound of the dove!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0LKPT1u1E8

    I love your blog! It is one of the happy points in my day, especially ow that there a plants on the patio!

  5. We have big great horned owls in our neighborhood and also little screech owls late in the summer that sometimes sound similar to a woman screaming. In January the big horned owls come to the neighborhood. The first year I heard one at about 4:30 am in the morning. He hooted and I hooted back at him from my front door. We went back and forth like that for a while and he was moving closer to my house from the sound of him. The next thing I knew there was another owl hooting back at the first owl and I. We each took turns hooting at each other. They continued to move closer to my house. After a while, my my feet were getting too cold standing at the open door and I had to stop. They continued their hooting for while after I stopped, and then I didn’t hear them anymore that morning. The hootenanny was over. In January, the cabin fever does set in, doesn’t.
    I suggest you try to start a conversation with your owl and see if it answers back. I can just imagine little Charlie tilting his head at you as you hoot at the owl and it hoots back.

  6. I do worry about Charlie and that owl. They can sense when an animal is frail. When I was living in North Carolina I had to watch out for sea hawks while I was outside with my frail dog. They would swoop down and get people’s pets. Take some time to relax today I’m sure you will be out there again tomorrow. xo Laura

  7. On the subject of owls….yes, they are great to listen to. There are a bunch of owls back behind my back yard and I can sit outside at night and listen to them.

    However….when my native-american foster daughter was lving with me I saw a huge owl in my front yard. You could see it really well because of the street lights. I told my foster daughter to come look at it thru the front door. She said. “No, because it was native beief that if you see an owl, someone close to you will die.” She refused to look at it.

    Four days later, my best friend and neighbor, passed away.

    Time passed, and one night I saw another owl, quite by mistake. And sure enough, a few days later another friend passed away.

    So I like hearing them, but I don’t want to see them.

  8. On the subject of owls….yes, they are great to listen to. There are a bunch of owls back behind my back yard and I can sit outside at night and listen to them.

    However….when my native-american foster daughter was lving with me I saw a huge owl in my front yard. You could see it really well because of the street lights. I told my foster daughter to come look at it thru the front door. She said. “No, because it was native beief that if you see an owl, someone close to you will die.” She refused to look at it.

    Four days later, my best friend and neighbor, passed away.

    Time passed, and one night I saw another owl, quite by mistake. And sure enough, a few days later another friend passed away.

    So I like hearing them, but I don’t want to see them.

    1. In regard to what anonymous says, I remember reading a book many years ago called “I Heard the Owl Call My Name”. It was about a young minister who travels to Canada to work with a native population. They believed that before death one would hear an owl call to them. It had a sad and very touching ending as the vicar hears his own name. I’ve only seen an owl once, although I am in a rural and woodsy area. My husband could always distinguish between the owl’s cry and the mourning dove’s, but they sound the same to me. Brenda, your garden is a little piece of paradise!

  9. My daughter has three cats and she bought something I think they call a cat tree. It has three levels which are platforms and covered with what looks like rug material ! She has it in front of the sliding glass doors which lead to the deck. All three cats love it, they lounge on it and especially like when the sun is shining in !

  10. I have a cat tree I’ve owned through several cats. My cat still loves it. I have it right by the sliding glass doors. He gets pretty crazy on it and it doesn’t rock or tip! Obviously durability and solidity is key so they feel safe on it, but that may be hard to find now. Mine is old and made very solid. You may have to pay more, but it’s worth it. Sometimes there are locals that make them too. You just have to figure out what Ivy likes and have one that has those elements in it! I know one thing that my cat likes is that the top level has sides, so it’s not just flat. There may be some security for them in that. Good luck looking!!! You find the right one and she’ll love it!

  11. Good morning Brenda, I am sure that your garden is already looking beautiful! I love seeing photos of it. I hope that you take the time to rest and relax today! Thank you for coming to visit me on my blog, it is always nice to see you here.

  12. Brenda. I purchased a nice very strong sturdy cat tower for my two.
    they enjoyed it for awhile…
    now.never go near it or touch it..
    I keep it vacuumed as the carpet in it really attracts hair!
    Bubba liked having catnip sprinkled in it!
    he is pretty heavy and can rock the tower when jumping into the top bed!
    Good luck in your search!

  13. So nice to hear what you’re up to!
    It sunny but very windy here.. too windy to go out and garden. I think it’s a good day to pot up what I’ve planted inside and plant more seeds!
    Lots of cat trees out there.. I hope you find the perfect one! I love the houses where they have built cat walks all over the rooms!!

  14. Be careful of Charlie with the owl – they can carry off animals as large as a cat. I love hearing and seeing them around my house but I’m always cautious with the babies outside…not so much the Monkey as she’s solid and sturdy but Molly’s just an itty bit of a thing, no bigger than a cat!

    1. Hadn’t thought of that. But I’m always out with him. I don’t let him wander around out there alone because I don’t want him barking and disturbing others.

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