Great Horned Owlets

Great Horned Owlet

We had just finished our walk in Forest Park. Anne had found fifteen different bird species, but nothing very noteworthy, just all of the usual suspects. We were in the car and had just started driving home when Anne spied this owlet. I quickly pulled over and parked. There were a couple of other women already watching them. There were actually two owlets that had just fledged within the last week. Both women knew Mark of Forest Park Owls fame. Mark has been following these Great Horned owls for years and years. Charles, the patriarch has been the thread running through this story. Sarah, his first mate died, but the old guy got a new mate, Sophie, and is obviously still in the game. Mark names these birds. I had kind of lost track of this owl family, when they moved their nest. Racoons had evicted them from their old home. They have found a new one only a few trees away. The owlets have flown from the nest tree to two different neighboring trees. Now that we know that they are there we’ll be sure to look for them again soon, like maybe tomorrow.

Tom Turkey

Tom Turkey

Jane took and sent the above photo. This tom was displaying in Harry’s yard. Of late the service drive has been host to a whole rafter of turkeys. They used to see pheasants, but now the turkeys seem to have replaced them. Thanks, Jane.

Yesterday’s weather started out fantastic. It was warm almost eighty and we headed over to Forest Park for our daily constitutional, along with everyone else. We managed to avoid the crowds, by first circling around to the far side of the park, away from the zoo and then heading off to the empty quarter. Later in the day a front rolled in with some hail, but nothing too severe. Today is cooler.