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Friday, April 17, 2009

New Life & Death~~It's Just the Way It Is

I knew that our pair of Great Horned owls were nesting, as they do every year; I just hadn't been able to verify where their nest was. Father owl stays in one of the Elm trees all day and Mother owl is nowhere to be found. But, owls must be creatures of habit and comfort, because I spotted Mother owl today, and they've nested in the same spot as previous years.

In the very center of the photo is a round hole in the rock rim.
Look close...

Ah ha! There's Mother owl!

Last year, I don't know what happened, but there weren't any lil' ones. The year before they had 3. So, we'll be keeping a close watch on them and see what develops this year.

See...spring brings new life~~

But, then there's Cindy Sue...who is always on a mission...and as her Rat Terrier instincts take's usually a mission of DEATH!!

Awwww Cindy Sue...I'm such a cute lil' mouse...

Being the supportive big brother that
he is, Cowboy coaches her on...
"Comon' Cindy Sue...get it...get it!! Get'er dun!!"

Cindy Sues replies "I got the whole situation under control Cowboy.
This lil' thing won't get in mom's hay stack again!"

And so comes DEATH...
It's just the way it is~~



Paint Girl said...

How cool is that Great Horned Owl!
Good job Cindy Sue! Get those rodents!

Shirley said...

Love your new header picture. What a cool shot of the owls. I have 3 Great Horned Owls done (taxidermy) on a snag, an adult and two juveniles.

mugwump said...

Good dog Cindy Sue! If you say "Get the mousie!" to mine you have to expect total chaos. You can point at a squirrel, an elephant, anything. If you point and yell "Mousie!" you had better be ready.

Jocelyn said...

our heeler/rat terrier is most excellent hunter!
What agood girl that Cindy Sue!

Those owls are magnificant!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Great new photo! And I'm so excited you have nesting owls and know where they are. I was worried that was going to be the death part. Whew!

Anonymous said...

That's great that you can photograph a nesting owl. Baby pictures would be nice too (hint, hint). I really need to borrow little Cindy Sue, have I got a job for her!

Ed said...

Cool Owls, poor mouse...

Broken Y said...

Fantastic post of the way life really is! I loved the owl picture - I zoomed in - how awesome to have such magnificent mountains and the life they hide!

Can't say I feel sorry for the mouse - a good Mouse Dog is a treaure!

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