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Five owlets! The Owl Chronicles Continue.

By |2021-05-07T14:25:22-06:00May 5th, 2021|Nature|

The fifth egg hatched on or about April 17 when we noticed the last egg missing, but weren’t sure if the egg had hatched or been eaten. The owlets huddle together in one big fuzzy ball, so it’s hard to tell how many owlets are there, but by Monday the fifth owlet could be seen in the middle of its four siblings, its tiny white head and skinny wings and body sticking out.

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The Owlets Hatch

By |2021-05-07T16:05:20-06:00April 17th, 2021|Nature|

The first owlet hatched on Monday, April 12, one month from the day the first egg was laid. Two more owlets appeared the next day, leaving two eggs unhatched. On Wednesday, April 14, two eggs were still unhatched with three owlets. Last night only one egg remained, so four have hatched.

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Winter Storm – Part 2

By |2021-03-14T14:00:23-06:00March 14th, 2021|Nature|

A little warmer today. Last night’s icy precipitation has coated streets, walks and driveways with a dangerous glaze. The driveway (which I attempted to shovel and clear yesterday) is a bumpy crust of snow and ice. No going outside today; too slippery, too much chance of falling. The temperature is slowly going up - 30º at 8:00 a.m. as opposed to 1º at 5:30 a.m. Monday and below 19º at 10 a.m. yesterday.

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By |2021-02-03T20:19:54-06:00January 31st, 2021|Nature|

Snow! Outside, big flakes of wet snow still falling. At any other time I would be delighted by true winter weather. Snow in Austin is cause for celebration and I am winter-deprived, but now I am just cold.

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Entering Winter

By |2021-01-17T19:05:17-06:00January 10th, 2021|Nature|

Tonight I sat outside as the sun went down, taking in the live oak trees shedding their small oval leaves and watching the screech owl poke his head out of the box. The moon was already up and almost full, an appropriate way to end the year.

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The Middle of December Brings a Swainson’s Thrush and Changing Color

By |2021-01-07T21:01:53-06:00January 1st, 2021|Nature|

A Swainson’s thrush has been visiting our backyard. These birds typically migrate through in September and October on their way to South America and are seen more often in eastern Texas, so we are lucky to see him. He’s been here a few weeks and seems to like our pond.

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The Screech Owl Arrives and Willis Goes to His First Show in Five Years

By |2020-12-13T19:02:23-06:00December 1st, 2020|Nature|

The male screech owl showed up on Halloween, peeking out of the owl box entrance just as it became dark. It’s a relief to finally see him; I have been waiting and wondering when – and if – he would appear. Each evening he pokes his head out about 5 p.m., preparing to take flight and leaving around 6 p.m., soaring over the fence and into the trees.

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