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Jack Heinlen
03-31-2005, 08:13 PM
The Barred Owl just who whoo a whooed. I usually hear them late at night, but this one is singing it.

I heard the Pileated Woodpecker laughing, two days ago. They are rather shy in northern climes, and the fact that we have a couple breeding pairs here is heartening.

Soon, the Woodthrush.

Make fun of me, denigrate me, I know I've spoken of this before. But it is special. Can one talk too much about it? Gawd, hearing that owl!

Memphis Mike
03-31-2005, 08:22 PM
"Make fun of me, denigrate me, I know I've spoken of this before."

Yup. Have you been working on your boat out in the shop in anticipation of a launching this year Jack or are you just gonna sit there on yer butt again all summer?

Have you even been out in your shop in the last two years? Do you even really have a shop? I think you're fibbin. Come on now,,,,come clean. :D

There, that oughta hold ya for awhile.

[ 03-31-2005, 09:24 PM: Message edited by: Memphis Mike ]

03-31-2005, 08:26 PM
I'm feeling it tonight Jack. smile.gif

Ross M
03-31-2005, 08:26 PM
Owls are special creatures, IMO. My good neighbor has a smallish one living in one of his (many) bird houses. This little guy frequently roosts in a small tree near his birdhouse.

We got a really good look at the little fellow today. Roosting in the inside of the tree, he felt comfortable enough to allow us within 5 or 6 feet. After 2 or 3 minutes, we retreated.

It was good.


Ross M
03-31-2005, 08:37 PM

Jack has never pretended to have a shop at his current address.

I think it very unkind to imply otherwise.


Jack Heinlen
03-31-2005, 08:44 PM
I've a shop, but that's not what I was hearing. I was hearing the Barred Owl.

Memphis Mike
03-31-2005, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by Ross M:

Jack has never pretended to have a shop at his current address.

I think it very unkind to imply otherwise.

RossYou're wrong there buddy. Jack has posted he has a shop on his property built mainly of metal and wanted to know the best way to insulate and heat it.

He put his boat in there two years ago and I'd like to know what he has done with it.

I'm not being "unkind". I can assure you I know the old boy better than you.

I'm sorry Jack. My initial comments were only meant to poke fun.

[ 03-31-2005, 09:59 PM: Message edited by: Memphis Mike ]

Jack Heinlen
03-31-2005, 09:06 PM
It's okay, listen. The Barred Owl. I awoke at six two days ago to the Pileatated laugh.

Stop, suspend.

Try, unsuccessfully, to enter. Who are these marvelous creatures?

Ross M
03-31-2005, 09:07 PM
Looks like I have soiled the water needlessly and recklessly. Jack says that he has a shop and Mike also knows of this shop.

I offer my apology, Mike. I hope you will accept it.


Joe (SoCal)
03-31-2005, 09:12 PM
Apology accepted Ross.
I knew Jack had a shop as well ;)

Jack Heinlen
03-31-2005, 09:13 PM
Well gee, now that I've got people compliant, please forgive me for being high on bird's nests, on warm sun on the back when the road is singing, for little girls who can't contain their spring. I saw all of those today, and more.

03-31-2005, 09:16 PM
The wildlife around Mom and Dad's is picking up too. I had to wait for a slow moving pheasent to cross the driveway when I was leaving their place the other day. Pretty soon the wild geese and goselings will be marching around. The dogs don't even bother barking at them anymore.

Ross M
03-31-2005, 09:19 PM
"Who are these marvelous creatures?"

I do not know. But I suspect they are pretty bright. In the aforementioned encounter, there were 4 creatures:

The Owl
My Neighbor David
My Neighbor Betty (David's wife)

Betty and I are real woosies - reluctant to harm wasps.

David, however, is a natural born killer - even at 70 years of age.

The owl ignored Betty and I; intently focused on David's movements.

It was probably coincidence; nevertheless I suspect the little guy had an old soul.


High C
03-31-2005, 11:08 PM
Soon the little gators will be sunning themselves on the dinghy dock. :eek:

Don Olney
03-31-2005, 11:19 PM
Jack, here's one for you. --Don

Pussywillows, Cattails
Gordon Lightfoot

Pussywillows cat-tails soft winds and roses
Rainpools in the woodland water to my knees
Shivering quivering the warm breath of spring
Pussywillows cat-tails soft winds and roses
Catbirds and cornfields daydreams together
Riding on the roadside the dust gets in your eyes
Reveling, disheveling the summer nights can bring
Pussywillows cat-tails soft winds and roses

Slanted rays and colored days stark blue horizons
Naked limbs and wheat bins hazy afternoons
Voicing rejoicing the wine cups do bring
Pussywillows cat-tails soft winds and roses

Harsh nights and candlelights wood fires a-blaziní
Soft lips and fingertips resting in my soul
Treasuring remembering the promise of spring
Pussywillows cat-tails soft winds and roses

Don Olney
03-31-2005, 11:24 PM
And dig up a copy of Let the Night Fall by The Band.

I am the owl who stands alone
The lonesome wild I call my home
Just like the workman when his day is done

I can't wait for that sinking sun
Let the night fall
Let the night fall
Let the night fall
Let it fall on me
Let it fall on me

I am the owl who calls upon the night
I am the eyes that abandon the light
When no one's there and the dogs bark
I'm the voice howling in the dark

I am the owl, old and wise
The lord of wood with silent eyes
The cock screams at the first spark of dawn
That's my cue and I'll be moving on and on

Con LanAdo
04-01-2005, 06:40 AM
speaking of birds, yesterday on my west 40 in crooklyn i came across a partially eaten hawk. To my wonderment she was taged - gov't at it's best it said Write Washington, DC & a phone #. I guess i'll forgo the writting.
DO - that's an awesom sing along.