Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A new guest in the garden


This small Screech owl has taken residence in my dead palm tree; I am excited to have an owl living in my garden and happy to know that this rare bird finds my small urban garden inviting enough to make it her home. It doesn’t take much to make our gardens refuge for wild life; this dead palm tree trunk was home to a woodpecker last year and now an owl.

This morning she was surveying the garden from on top of the fan in my back porch. I am putting all lizards in the garden on notice to be extra careful especially at sun down.

11 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

That is so wonderful! I wish we had some nearby. It looks like it has sleepy eyes in the first shot :)
It matches the bark so well.

Cheryl said...

Rusty, this is just amazing....I love owls....and well done you leaving dead trunks in your garden.....

Love the first photograph, that is definately a winner......

Dirt Princess said...

How cute! Nice little critters

Gail said...

What a wonderful face peaking out of the palm tree! I can hear owls at night but never get to see thwm! ...You lucky gardener! gail

Meems said...

Rusty,
It's amazing you got to see your owl looking back at you from the palm tree. A delightful guest in the garden.
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Darla said...

On the scale of cool, this is off the charts!!!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

What IS it about owls that is so darn charming? I grinned from ear to ear at this photo. I think they remind me of cats with their big eyes, and I loved them BEFORE JK Rowling. So this is very, very cool to have such a visitor in your garden.

Green thumb said...

For a second I thought that it was a masterpiece carving of an Owl in the Palm tree. It was after reading the comments and then enlarging the photograph that I saw the bird with its scary gaze...amazing photograph.

keewee said...

What a sweetie. You are going to have hours of enjoyment watching your new resident.

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Thats wonderful... lucky you!

James said...

Having owls in your garden must really be unusual. I really enjoyed reading about the owls and there adventures.