I am a quilter - a recently-retired woman living with my husband in the Nebraska Panhandle. We are surrounded by beautiful semi-arid ranch country, and treeless hills and fields under incredibly wide blue skies. We are located far from the upheaval found often in large towns or cities. I am blessed to have delicious time to quilt and to appreciate my peaceful moments in an unpeaceful world.
What on earth is that lumpy thing in the birdbath?
10:00 am - The Screech Owl has returned!!! (red eye and all)
In the neighbor's tree - all clean and fresh!
1:00 pm - Look closer - there are TWO at the top of the photo, and what is that at the bottom of the photo?
Yes - this time there are three of them. In the photo below, they are all huddled into one lump!
What you cannot tell from the photo, is that these little critters are so small, so lovely and delicate - like little woodsy jewels. It's now 4:30 in the afternoon, and they are still in the tree. Sometimes they were sleeping, with eyes closed. We could have reached out the touched - yeah, right -- if we were fools! They were so close, and so unafraid. We let them rest and sleep in peace.
6:00 pm - a FOURTH one has appeared! They are all still in the tree, some sleeping, some watching.