måndag 25 januari 2016

Our city has it's own pet, an owl

Some of you know that I love owls. The symbolize wisdom, mysticism, but also darkness. In old times the sound of a howling owl ment a bad omen. 100 years ago you recieved bounty for shooting them. Today this typical owl, the eagle owl has been rescued from being endangered but is still very sensitive.
Our city and the mine has a couple of eagle owls as official pets, they also represents our town in bigger sport events. The couple have their nest on a cliff at the mine and they also have their own website with a webcam.  (site also in english)
I haven't bothered about these owls, until now. Many have seen and heard it around the market place and one of the owls has found a perfect perch on top of the church. 
Every evening around 6 o'clock it sits on the cross and howls.
One of your tasks on saturday was to find the owl, because I've never heard it before. The citys facebook group is a good place to check for their current location. So at 17, it sat on the cross, we went there to find it empty. We went to the mine because someone posted shortly after that the owl and his fiance was there, we heard nothing. A man we met, had walked around the mine and didn't see or hear one, so we went to the supermarket to buy groceries. When we came back to the car after shopping, the owl was back on the cross. We went back and there it was. Ho hoo!

It looks tiny. But someone with a better camera took this photo.
I think it's great that we have been able to have this couple in the middle of our city and that people really care about them. We stopped using fire crackers, they have their own fund and every year if they have chicks it's good news.


15 kommentarer:

  1. I adore owls, this is really cool. Unfortunately we don't see many owls in my city unless you live in the countryside. But I suppose that's for the best as the types of owls we have are better suited to the woods and farmland where they can be safe. Last winter we had issues with snowy owls getting injured on highways and at the airport. The large amounts of snowfall had kept them from finding food, so they traveled to areas they weren't normally seen at before. It was depressing, but we have an owl rescue group that takes cares of them. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. This owl is also very shy, but in wintertime they choose to hunt doves and crowes that take shelter in the city.

      Radera
  2. I love everything about this except that I cannot imagine people ever shooting any owl but people 100 years ago weren't informed!

    Beautiful! I love when a community comes together over animal. In Richmond, VA we got very excited about a bald eagle who was nesting. We also *accidentally* had access to the bird family with a traffic cam.

    Thanks for sharing this :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Great that the eagle nested by a camera :-D

      Radera
  3. Awwww, that's awesome! How nice for the city to have it's very own mascot, especially one that's so dear to your heart. :)

    SvaraRadera
  4. That's so great! :D I love owls.

    SvaraRadera
  5. That must be a professional camera in the last shot!

    Owls are adorable! There is a family of Tawny Frogmouths at my parents place that my mum photographs, they all know her on sight and never fly away as she stands below them. When I was a kid we rescued one of their young ones who fell out of a tree and was a bit bewildered, although young enough to fly. My parents returned her to the owls who seemed to know we were helping. Family legend now says that the reason the Tawny Frogmouth owls don't mind our family is that they know we helped their great (times many) grandma!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. A very professional camera indeed :-) and not mine. What a lovely story you shared!! Something you could write about as a post. It absolutely could be true that they connect the rest of your family with the help they got.

      Radera
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    1. Tydligen är det så att ugglorna som bodde i gruvan blev ivägskrämda av en ugglestaty som de ansvariga korkat nog valde att ställa dit. Nu har de täckt över den där statyn med en plastpåse och det är en annan uggla som är där nu och snurrar. Han sitter på kyrkan för att locka till sig en fru.

      Radera
  7. I love owls too! I enjoy that there is a website so you can keep an eye on them!

    SvaraRadera
  8. Älskar ugglor, tycker att de påminner lite om katter på nåt sätt, Cats & Bats..! ;) Tummen upp för att inte använda fyrverkerier, det borde totalförbjudas... Ha en fin helg vännen <3

    SvaraRadera
  9. Seriously, this is a great pet for a city, so beautiful and the webcam idea is just cute!

    SvaraRadera
  10. Jag har alltid velat se en uggla på riktigt! Jag hör dem alltid på lajvmorgnar när jag vaknar och hoppas på att få se en men nope :(

    SvaraRadera