Thursday, January 23, 2020

HOOT HOOT

 I fondly remember a walk through the woods and discovering a great horned owlet with a broken wing. Although the owl was in my possession for only three hours, I will always remember "Hootie" and my desire to protect him and not leave him on the forest floor. 
You may have heard about the family that had an owl in their Christmas tree for over a week. The family had purchased the tree from a store about two days after Thanksgiving, and the family left their windows and doors open that night, hoping the bird would leave on its own -- but it didn't. The next day, they called the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and an employee there told them to leave the owl some raw chicken, concerned it may not have eaten in a few days.The owl was safely removed from the home the next day, was skinny and hadn't eaten in over a week. 

Hootie was taken from my arms by a wildlife rehabilitator in our area, and was later was transported to Cornell in Ithaca where his wing was repaired. After rehabilitation, I was told that Hootie made his permanent home at a zoo. As an injured owlet, he never learned survival skills to make it in the wild. Male and female owlets look alike, so for no particular reason, I decided to refer to Hootie as a "he". In the picture below, these fluffy owls look just like Hootie did when I found him.
from the internet

After the "rescue" of Hootie, co-workers gifted me with a book that I have enjoyed reading again and again. In the book, "Bubo" was a baby great horned owl that was found buried in the snow in the Vermont woods by a scientist, and he was able to get permission to keep the owl and study its development. If you can find the book, I know you will enjoy it. An Owl in the House - A Naturalist's Diary 


This is a table I set a while back using owl print fabric to make napkins and a small table runner for the table.  

The glass owl vase was filled with greens and branches, and then I added some red roses for our dinner. Whoooot loves ya Mr. Mountain Breaths! Happy Birthday to You!! 
Thank you for stopping by! We are heading to Lake Placid for a few magical days to celebrate Joe's birthday. The Mirror Lake Inn and Lake Placid are truly our "Disneyland". 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

14 comments:

  1. Super cute!! I had not heard of the owl in the tree..

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  2. I do remember hearing about the owl in the tree, but didn’t know the rest of the story. How wonderful that you saved Hootie, Debbie. Your owl themed table is darling, and the fabric for your napkins and table topper look perfect. Happy Birthday to Joe!! Have fun celebrating at your favorite destination.

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  3. Oh Deb, this is the sweetest post. I think little hottie was so fortunate you found him and got him the help he needed. I'm sure he would tell you how much he appreciated you and how he's fine in his new home. Your table is precious with the hoot theme. Have a wonderful few days away. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE 😘

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  4. This table is so totally adorable, and I love the owl rescue stories! Have a wonderful birthday getaway!!
    Jenna

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  5. Hoot, Hoot and happy birthday to Joe. You two have a fabuulous weekend in the mountains.
    This is a cute table to celebrate the birthday guy, and yes, I read about the owl in the Christmas tree. It was a fascinating story. I didn't know about the owl you rescued. Good for you! I will look for that book.
    You know I'm an owlie too!

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  6. Sweet, sweet, sweet! Happy Birthday to Joe! SOunds like the perfect getaway. Mr. P's birthday is next Tuesday. :)

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    1. Thank you Rita! I just adore these sweet owls so much. Happy Birthday to Mr. P too!

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  7. so darn cute and your table is fabulous. Love Hootie. I am glad he was rescued. Our neighbor runs the Wildlife Rescue here in our town and she just posted a lovely picture of a white barn owl that was brought in. It is doing so well with new feathers.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I'm so glad the owl is doing well :-)

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