"Grandma," I asked, "How did you know I did that?"
"I've got eyes in the back of my head."
My Grandma said that to me more than half a century ago in her kitchen on the eastern shore of Virginia. I was trying to snag a cookie. I'll bet yours said the same to you when you were knee high to a grasshopper.
So when this Western Screech Owl twisted her head around to keep an eye on me, I burst out laughing. "Hey, Grandma!" I said, as I clicked the shutter. "You really do have eyes in the back of your head!"
A pair of Western Screech Owls made their nest this year in a saguaro "boot" I put up in the corner of our back ramada. We can see the saguaro boot from the kitchen window. A dove had built her nest on the top, but didn't stay around long when the owl showed up with the eviction notice.
From time to time, the hummingbird (photo left) played brave and did her best to drive the owl from its nest, to no avail.
Two nights ago, we had turned in early, and had the blinds open and the downlights on outside on the ramada.
My Darlin' and I were treated to a private half hour wildlife show with both parent owls and the one fledgling flying from perch to perch on our ramada.
Surrounded as we are by Tucson Mountain Park, our community, Tucson Estates II, is a birders paradise. People come to Tucson from all over the world courtesy of the Tucson Audubon Society and their birding fieldtrips. You can see why.
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Photos copyright Mike in Tucson