It's not often I go so long without a post. Busy, busy.
Two programs today...on opposite sides of town.
The great horned owl really stole the show. This morning's program was at a Catholic School, and the audience was about 200 6th-8th graders.
We were discussing food items of GHOW, where they live, etc. Sylvester then stuck out his ruff (white feathers on neck), and I wondered if he was going to hoot. He has been a bit of a punk lately (like bating multiple times, being a general grouch instead of his usual totem-pole act), maybe because nesting season is approaching. But I haven't noticed behavior changes in him until mid-to-late December. This is pretty early for his hormones to be moanin'.
So, anyway. I told the kids he might be getting ready to vocalize.
Then he opened his mouth and his tongue was sort of stuck out. I suddenly realized that he was about to cast a pellet.
"Oh, boy. Okay, everyone. Watch this. He is about to produce a...."
He has never done that during a program before. It was fabulous.
The only other time a bird has yarped during a talk was when Lucy brought up a whole mouse head and I caught it with my free hand as it fell. It was fabulous.