As well as working hard and eating too much over Easter we also had the tawny owl event. This starts with Mr CIG waking me up to tell me he has let the hens out, put out food and water, the sheep are ok and by the way we have a tawny owl in the shed now. And with that he climbed back into bed.
A little while later I came to enough to question whether I had dreamt the bit about the owl. You see, I am a bit of a ‘night owl’ myself.. I’m not at my best in the mornings, but this did filter through. Yes, when he let the birds out, he found the poor little owl caught in the netting covering the run – we have to protect our flock and their eggs from jackdaws, crows and buzzards, all of which we have plenty, but owls work in our favour, hunting at night and killing vermin. Once he had disentangled it, he set the owl down but it just sat there. He was able to pick it up, so popped it in a hutch in the dark and quiet, with some water.
We contacted the local owl rescue – they even have an owl emergency line, and we were told we had done everything right that the owl was unlikely to take flight in the day time and to try again at dusk.
So we left him alone, resisted the temptation to show him to family and friends and waited it out. My son kept coming by to ask if it was dusk yet, as owls are one of his favourite things.
And when it was just getting dimpsy, we took the owl out – and he was far more alert now, all big eyes and trying his wings. We balanced him on a post and waited and he took a moment to get his bearings, then eventually he took flight and took to the tall trees. For once I was glad of those trees that shade our garden.
We often hear owls here, and we have seen them in the distance, but it was special, if unfortunate for the owl, for us to see one up close. I’m pretty sure he was unharmed and as we released him where he was found only a short while later, fairly sure he will do well.
This morning Mr Cig woke me to say he had done the early morning animal check, let the birds out, and everyone was ok. As he climbed back into bed, he added ‘and no extra owls’.