September 30th, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

OWL!

One of THESE guys.

He was hunting one of my resident squirrels. RIGHT THERE ON MY DECK. Right in front of my eyes. As I was having supper and staring right at him.

My heart just stopped. When I got my breath back I rushed out to save my pet squirrel - it was Cheeky, the little Douglas squirrel who is a resident at the feeder - and the owl settled on a nearby branch on the neighbor's cedar and stared at me for a full half minute, and then did that weird owl thing where they twist their heads around 180 degrees, looked around, and fell off the branch in a silent wide-winged swoop, away into the twilight and the shadows.

I'm still wide-eyed.