Today I heard Robbie hooting! He is a man now. It was a proper grown-up hoot, too, so he must have been practicing when I didn’t hear him.
Well, with the windchill expected to reach -60F on Monday and today being a balmy 28F, I decided it was a good day to do some weatherproofing. I found a hatchet in the woodshed and chopped the frozen dirt away from the bottom of the geese’s wooden door (this means I can close the door! And protect them from the majority of the wind), discovered that their water heater was not broken so I didn’t need to look for another one in the pigeon coop in the barn loft (it was merely so cold that the heater couldn’t cope, which with the wooden door closed shouldn’t be a problem), gave them a whole new bag of wood shavings to nestle into, filled all the wild bird feeders, and started a load of laundry!
I have some very sad news to share. My leopard gecko, Sir Zebediah Emmanuel Fabian Julien Jones, is now frolicking in gecko heaven, where there are as many crickets as he could possibly want, and lots of lady geckos. I don’t know what happened. I smelled something bad in his tank and thought it was some mealworms that had died, so I opened it to check and he was dead. Let’s have a moment of silence.
I was feeding the Little Guy (red-tailed hawk) and saw something weird on the floor of his mews. I picked it up and it looked like it was the frozen, picked-over rear half of a woodchuck.
Poor thing must have gotten in thinking it would be a nice warm place to hibernate and gotten a nasty surprise.
I had a milestone today. The Little Guy stayed on my fist to eat part of his quail! Up till now he’d just grab it and fly to the other side of the mews. This time I kept a really good hold on it and he tried to fly off with it, but ended up bating and hanging by his feet for a bit. Then he decided I wasn’t so scary after all and started eating. It was a good day!
Robbie keeps landing on my head and back. He’s a little hell-raiser. He’s even stolen my hat.
Why an owl?
For the most part they just sit and watch until they’re ready to try something. I think that resonates with me :P
If you could be any bird in the world, which would it be?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I’d have to go with some kind of owl, I think.