He’s actually paid us a visit 2 other times. The last 3 years now we’ve had a snowy owl come perch outside our bedroom window. As we lay in bed, we start to notice the sound of an owl hooting. He seems to prefer an old ladder that I have in our flower garden right outside our window, so with the lights off we can see him very close-up. One of us will quietly rush off to get the camera, but he’s on to us every time. As soon as we return with the camera, he’ll turn to face us and fly away without a single picture taken. This year our owl arrived earlier in the night. Our son was the one to first hear his call. Now Jacob has loved birds since the time he was born. The sound of birds chirping was his favorite “white noise” to fall asleep too. So naturally, for the first few months of Jacob’s life, our house sounded like a bird sanctuary. Last night, Jacob was in brushing his teeth, when he came rushing out with this excited, searching look on his face. I knew immediately that our friend had arrived. I heard him too. This time he brought a friend with him and we could hear them call back and forth to each other. Neither came to our flower garden ( I moved the ladder this past summer), but stayed in the tree instead.
photo credit: a watercolor painted by Arline Wagner