Adventures on the farm are endless. I thought that harvesting some rhubarb would be a pretty uneventful thing to do this morning but I was wrong! Adam and I walked out to the garden and searched through our rhubarb plants for ripe stalks.
We found a few stalks that were thick enough to harvest. This is not the red variety of rhubarb:(
I wondered what I should do because he was clearly too young to be on his own but old enough that he had been testing out his wings. I observed him for a minute and when one of our barn cats came and tried to pounce on the baby owl I decided I had to act.
I was wearing gloves and long sleeves so I gently picked up the baby owl and decided to put him in a high place where hopefully his mother could find him and encourage him to go home. The top of the horse trailer seemed like a good high spot where the cats couldn't climb so I set him up there. I hope that the little owl will find his family before the cats find him. He was such a beautiful wild creature. I must say I was tempted to try and keep him so I could have an experience like Farley Mowat, who wrote the book, Owls in the Family but reason prevailed and I knew the owl would have a much better chance of survival without my meddling in his life.
Adam was happy about this bit of excitement in our morning:) When we came inside we couldn't resist looking in our bird identification book to discover that our little owl friend was a Great Horned Owl. At least I'm 90% sure that is the type of owl we found. Exciting!