Winkin’ and Blinkin’

What a pair these are, owls and eyes that is.  Dad in the tree,

…with one focused, though squinty eye at me, and the other mostly closed, with a little red glare, either his or the camera’s, I’m not sure which.  Mamma is cozy in the brood house,

…snoozy with one eye alert to the activities of world around her and one eye shut, the signal of her days of dozing.

My resident Eastern Screech Owl couple: Winkin’ and Blinkin’.  Where is Nod?  Maybe in one of the unhatched eggs. Stay tuned!

14 thoughts on “Winkin’ and Blinkin’

  1. Owls are so fierce and adorable in tandem. Quite a trick to pull off.

    If I recall correctly owls use both eyes when hunting to precisely locate prey, so if they’re squintin’ you’re not interesting enough to appear on the “what’s for dinner” list at least. Nut-twerp, on the other hand….


    • I think you’re right about the two eye thing during hunting. They’re not fussed about us, particularly. I notice that Mamma watches our two cats and the squirrels when they stroll in sight, but she doesn’t seem overly concerned about the humans in the garden.

      They do look both fierce and adorable–a remarkable combination, if you ask me.


  2. Your residents are so cute! I’ve given up on screech owls this year, with the squirrel that just wouldn’t go away. I’m hoping I at least get to see some baby squirrels later in the year to make up for it. I can’t wait to see pics of your little owlets.


    • So sorry that your squirrel(s) won that battle and you’re probably right that it’s too late, but you never know. Baby squirrels are fun to watch, too. It’s just that they’re so much more common….


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