Look out, Susan! Junior’s horny!

(I will explain that title in a minute)
My camera is working!
First, a shot of the dogs looking out the window for no good reason.
Per Pam’s request, a shot of a hummingbird nest in one of our maples. I love to watch the leaves fall and expose those tender, tiny nests. Can’t see it? It’s that dark spot in the middle of the picture.
And now, hot owl action…
Junior, RAPTOR’s resident(released) great horned owl, is feeling l’amour. He was hanging out as usual when I picked up some birds for a program tonight. But instead of his usual “baby” talk, (i.e. begging call) he was hooting. And lifting his tail. And fluffing out his pretty white ruff.

Here you can see behind him, his tail is fanned out, and his white ruff is all poofed up.
After the program, I dropped off the birds. At one point, I heard a noise that sounded like a dog. Correction: It sounded like a person trying to sound like a dog. All the hair on my arms went straight up. I got a flashlight and checked out the yard in the direction of the sound, and it was goofy Junior. I didn’t know GHO’s could sound like dogs.

I said goodnight to Junior, got in my car, and drove up to the house on the RAPTOR property to drop off some stuff. As I was turning toward the house, I saw a blur out of the corner of my left eye. I looked over and saw something light-colored streak by. Now, it’s dark and creepy at RAPTOR at night, and I was paranoid anyway. I blinked a few times and kept walking, and then heard hooting above me and to the right. Junior had flown over my head and landed on the power lines above me. I guess this is Junior’s first mating season, and he’s a bit early…GHO’s usually start nesting activity in December or January. I suppose he is tuning his pipes, and practicing on me. Oh, good Lord… is Junior thinking that I am a suitable mate? I better keep an eye out while I am at RAPTOR at night. He might get some ideas.

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8 Responses to “Look out, Susan! Junior’s horny!”

  1. LauraHinNJ Says:

    Oh gosh – what to do about a horny horned owl? *giggle*

    Better protect your head Susan. Maybe a hardhat or something.

    ***
    whisper back***

    How many hours in a plane to Minnesota?
    ***

  2. NatureWoman Says:

    Poor Junior, so anxious, just like any young man.
    Boomer!! I’ve missed photos & stories of Boomer so much! Yay!
    I love the little humingbird nest – sooo sweet – thank you Susan!

  3. Mary Says:

    Susan you had better start disguising yourself… I am cracking up, here! A horny owl…LOL

    Glad to see Boomer again! Is that a miniature pinscher in the background? I’m happy to see that your sofa is covered with dogs, too, like mine.

  4. Lynne Says:

    Ooooh Susan! Junior’s got a crush on you! (cackle-giggle!!)

    insert subliminal message here-

    come to Minnesota…
    come to Minnesota…
    come to Minnesoooota…

    check out Laura’s comments for reasons to visit! 🙂

  5. The Swami Says:

    The internet, which Swami connects to from his wood-burning computer, is a wonderful resource for this type of problem. When a couple of the yaks started getting a little too frisky, I sent away for an inflatable yak. Perhaps an inflatable owl would do the trick (turn a trick) for Junior.

  6. Mary Says:

    Oh, help me! I can’t stand it. Inflatable yaks and turning tricks for a horney owl named Junior… Poor Susan. The Swami strikes again.

  7. NatureWoman Says:

    Susan – I forgot to ask – who is the cute little dog at far end of the sofa? What a little cutie!

  8. Susan Gets Native Says:

    Mary and Pam: That is my Mom’s dog, Bailey. She is a Manchester Terrier.


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