Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Perch

The backyard playground of Nurse Rudee

Usually, I sit in one of two spots to knit.  Either I sit in the living room next to a table and lamp, or in the family room with a big window behind me and an overhead light to make knitting easier.  Of late, Duke has taken over the big sofa in the family room.  I've since moved my family room perch to the opposite love seat.  The lighting isn't great on this side of the room but, sitting here has led to a new outlook on things when the blinds are open. 

There is some serious wildlife monkey business going on in my backyard and no, Mr. Snowblowing Farmer has not been seen.  I'm talking real creatures.  Squirrels, blue jays and birds of prey have all been investigating what is going on in one of the nests in a tree I face when looking out.  The critters were especially active last Friday during a short snowstorm.   One particularly large beast of a bird landed, looked around and snooped in the nest.  The other birds and critters scattered when this huge bird showed up. Maybe this tree is the local bird dope den-the final death knell of the neighborhood.  I grabbed my camera but as soon as beastie bird saw movement, it took off.  It was like he had eyes in the back of his head.

Being a city girl, I'm not quite sure what it was that I saw.  The bird was huge and mostly white.  I've searched winter  birds of Michigan and here is what I'm pretty certain I saw:



You know, at first I was annoyed a bit that Duke stole my perch.  I'm not minding it so much these days and I'm keeping the camera a smidge closer.  You know, snuggled in wool and looking out on the wintry weather doesn't seem so bad right now.  Especially when I get to watch such seasonal eye candy.

8 comments:

Rositta said...

Oh Wow, is that a snowy owl? I don't think I've ever seen one, kind of like the sun, oops stop I just saw the sun for about two minutes, he he he, where's that camera...ciao

the rotten correspondent said...

It's pretty - whatever it is. But I don't think the other birds will think so.

My dogs allow me to sit on the couch with them when I knit - as long as I don't take up too much room.

Brenda said...

Beautiful! Hope he or she lets you snap a picture. You find great stuff on you tube.

Sandy said...

Wow, that HAS to be an owl I'm guessing. So cool.....Love the video.

Rudee said...

You're right everyone, it's a snowy owl. He was HUGE and too fast for my camera. I didn't think it could be an owl since it was midday but according to one site, the hunt day and night. So, maybe it was.

BJ said...

Rudee - that is one beautiful snowy owl!!! I have never seen a bird so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing that will us!

I love how you talk about Duke! He's a big boy...he needs lots of room....or does he demand lots of space? Whatever the case....we love our babies....don't we?

Winifred said...

Oh that was fantastic. Fancy seeing that in your garden. It looks like something out of a Harry Potter film, definitely an owl. What big feet you've got grandma! Amazing.

flydragon said...

Love the view from your new perch. I have only seen an owl once in my entire life. Wasn't white like yours but the usual brown. About a dozen crows had chased it into the tree in my front yard. What a sight!!