Sunday, January 15, 2012

Owl Attack




Carolina chickadees frequent our feeders, and queue up on the branches above it, waiting their turn.

On the window ledge over our kitchen sink is a sweet little figurine of two black-capped chickadees on a branch. A good friend gave it to me some time ago, and it makes me think of her and smile when I see it.




One morning last week, Don was in the kitchen before light. He'd turned on the light over the sink, put on a pot of coffee, and was looking through some notes, when he heard scratching sounds from the direction of the sink. When he went over to see was it was, he was amazed to see a screech owl trying to attack the chickadee figurine.

The owl's eyes were intently focused on the little figurine, and he flew towards it with his claws outstretched, until they hit the window and slid down the glass. The little birds must have looked like an easy mark, and the owl couldn't understand what was going wrong, because he did this repeatedly until Don's movement scared him away.

This was probably an isolated incident, but we've decided not to take any chances. Now those 2 little helpless buddies get put in a safe place at night, and only back on their perch on the ledge after the night crew has gone home.



Textures by Kim Klassen

16 comments:

Jeanne said...

What an amazing incident. Sounds like a good idea to keep those cute little figurines in a safe place. !

Horst in Edmonton said...

I guess the little figurine looked very real to the owl. Also the owl must have been very hungry to keep on trying to get at the figurine. Great story, thanks for sharing.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My, that certainly is strange behavior and how neat that your husband got to witness it. We have had both Robins and Woodpeckers do that over and over again at the windows when they feel their territory is being threatened by thier own reflection. We used to rehab and release wounded Screech Owls and I love their voices in the wood at night~

hannah said...

Could have sworn they were real.Especially in conjunction with the lovely top photo.
What an amazing incident though.
[And, yes, it was :-), but a long time ago now.]

justine said...

I thought they were real, I love that first shot!

Connie Smiley said...

That must have been an amazing experience, Mary, rehabbing screech owls. I love their call, too; it always reminds me of a horse neighing. So eerie. Don thinks it sounds like a lady in distress in the woods.

You did know, I think, Hannah, that the birds in the top photo are real?

Seeing Each Day said...

That's an amazing story- I would have got a fright seeing an owl flying in at the window. Beautiful first image.

Rosie said...

Wonderful photos and an amazing story! At first glance I also thought the figurine were real birds!

lisa said...

Oh my! Thank goodness, it was just the figurine!
What sweet little ones these are, and you have photographed them so beautifully Connie.

Thank you for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

Linda Trine said...

What a beautiful chickadee capture! ...and that is so wild to hear that the owl went after the chickadee statue! I guess it looks pretty life-like!

Linda Makiej said...

How very beautiful!!!

Kia said...

That must have been an amazing experience! Love your images! The chickadees are so pretty, I wish we had them here. :)

Jennifer Richardson said...

wow! amazing that he was so persistent!
that must've been a sight!
another reason to get up and out
early:)
love you you and your watching,
Jennifer

Emily said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Pat said...

Yes, an amazing incident! I love your shot of the two chickadees.

pens and needles said...

Your figurine DOES look mighty realistic....I can understand the screech owl's mistake. I might have made it, too!