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Henry was nibbling at my hand, trying to see if I had any treats for him. I didn't, but I was fascinated to see how that lethally sharp beak could be so gentle on my hand!

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waxwing

Thanks for those puzzles, Lorna - I'm going to do them right now. That picture of the Great Grey hunting is fantastic - they are the scariest-looking owls I've ever seen, which makes it even more amazing how Phoebe was so gentle with me! The other owl is a Barred Owl. When I visit my friend Denise at her home in the Catskill Mountains (New York state), I hear them a lot at night. Really spooky! I have learned their call and sometimes have conversations with them!

waxwing

The nest cam was on www.sportsmansparadise.com, Lorna. They now have quite a few barn owl nest cams going. You can pick one to concentrate on, or track as many as you like. Warning: lots of blood and guts, especially after the babies hatch. They are fed bits of meat which the mother tears from prey the father has brought back to the owl box. I'm not squeamish (especially by now; I've seen it all!), but I noticed that even the most squeamish watchers quickly got over it because watching the whole feeding procedure was so fascinating. Once the babies are able to haul themselves tipsily around the next box, the real fun begins. They are HILARIOUS!

goingsilver

And this! http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=8W0ZOLMM

goingsilver

Jan, I wondered if you have seen this? http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=K80T1W55

goingsilver

Where was the nest camera that you were watching Jan? You must have been bereft when all the young had fledged!

waxwing

There were some who spent many more hours than that, Lorna. My chair was comfortable, but I had to get up every once in a while and move around so that my joints didn't seize up! There was a chat going on underneath the video window, and we spent much lag time getting to know each other. That's where I met my friend from Alton. And there was a lot of lag time while we were watching the female sitting on the eggs!!! When the eggs started to hatch we were all pretty much watching around the clock. Oh, the suspense! Oh, the drama!

goingsilver

I meant to comment on your 7 hours a day watching the barn owl nest cam. You must have a comfortable chair!!!

waxwing

What a magical (if angst-ridden) experience! It probably saw something on the road that looked edible and flew down to check it out. Sadly, automobiles are one of the major causes of death in barn owls.

I checked it out! (wink, wink)

goingsilver

Really? I had no idea a barn owl is so light. I saw one last year, as I was driving to work early in the morning. It was still dark, and as I went round a bend in the road, there it was on the road looking towards me. I stopped, hoped no-one else would come hurtling round the bend and into the back of my car, and had a quick panic. I assumed it must be injured, but didn't know what to do, and had no numbers programmed in my mobile phone to call. (I do now!) Just as I was thinking how I couldn't leave it there, but also couldn't be late for work, the little devil took off, flew into a nearby tree, with no apparent problem, looked towards me a little longer, then flew away! Such a relief, but I remember gazing at it in wonderment, and admiring its beauty, whilst panicking about its plight!
By the way, check a recent comment on one of your previous puzzles... tee-hee!

waxwing

By the way, Lorna - Henry weighs less than a pound!

waxwing

Same with me, Lorna - after spending a minimum of 7 hours a day for almost a year watching the complete life cycle of a Barn Owl family on a nest camera, I will forever have a special bond with and love for them. They'll always be my favorite. Watching the babies hatch out of their eggs and grow up was one of the great experiences of my lifetime. When the first one fledged, I cried like a mother watching her first child go off to school! But since holding Phoebe close to me and putting my face in her feathers, and then watching her fly off my glove to her owner, I decided that she was a close second, too!

goingsilver

I've reached the conclusion that the barn owl is still my favourite, but the Great grey owl is a close second!