Oh so fun to watch!
Then we began to get concerned. After my last post my husband reported that the owl had begun closely following his outside activities by perching in the trees above him and actually moving its body around to follow his movements (not just the head). Not too long after that we heard the sound of the owl repeatedly hitting the windows across the back of the house. When I posted the video of it flying into the back door I had assumed that it was an accident due to the reflection of trees in the glass and the appearance of possible openings to fly through. But the repeated attacking of the windows indicated that the owl was attempting to dispatch a rival (its own reflection). So intense was this rivalry that immediate action was necessary to protect both owl and windows.
Even with all this stuff, it tried a couple more times to get to the windows before giving up. But the owl is wise and simply moved upstairs to the balcony railing and flew against that window!
Hooooo you lookin' at, buster? You lookin' at me? You lookin' at me?
Later in the week we installed screens on the windows which did the trick. Also, while taking some of the photos in this post I had the uneasy sense that I was being studied a little too closely.
Not good, as there are recent news stories about Barred Owls aggressively stealing hats from joggers in Oregon. And so we made the tough decision that we would no longer go outside when the owl was present. No more ooohing and aaahing standing outside taking photos. Let the owl remain wild, it's for the best on both our accounts.
Once we decided to ignore it, the owl has not reappeared. But we did enjoy the visits while they lasted.
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