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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Rest In Peace Little Baby Owl

Little baby owl, Woody has left this earth.  May he rest in peace.

The nest watchers believe that he was attacked a few days ago by the Cooper's Hawks that are in the park not far from where his nest was and where he grew up. He did not survive the attack.

Baby Woody lived to be 11 weeks old. Baby owls have a hard time surviving and I think that the owl adults have had a difficult time at this nest. I feel so sorry for the adult owls who work so hard to keep the babies alive and love them so much.

Woody the baby owl was loved by so many people. The passing people in the park, the nest watcher group who went to the park to see him and the children who watched him in wonder as they passed by to go to their play area. His short life had such a purpose and such an effect on so many people.

Woody was loved in real life but also he was loved by so many people in a virtual life he had on the Internet. There were many photographers who took videos and pictures of him in the short time he was here on earth. He will live forever in my videos and my pictures and in my heart also. Many people were so devastated to hear the news of his passing.

I still have a camera full of video and photos of him as I spent the last days with him before he died. I could just put those videos and photos away and never look at them which is what I did with the Planter Box baby owl's photos and videos who also did not make it. I did not look at those videos for five years. I have thought long and hard about it and in order to honour Woody's purpose in his short life, I am going to process the video and photos and put them up. I believe his life had purpose. I don't have five years to wait until I can bear it. So you will see more of Woody even after his passing he still has a great impact and purpose to educate.

Woody gave me such joy for such a short time. He taught me so much about owls and owl babies. He was a great teacher also to the many children who saw him and were amazed. I did not expect this to be the outcome of my story on Woody. I did not have a clue that this would happen. He was over the period of time I thought when he would be attacked. He was very large, could fly really good and his parents were always right beside him. I even knew the Cooper's hawks were in the park and that there were Great Horned Owls also. I still felt very positive about the whole situation so I was just clueless.

I never thought that another predatory bird would attack him now as he was almost grown up. He was found by a member of the unofficial Owl Watcher Nest group and a lovely lady called Cheryl who has taken care of the owls for years. He was tenderly taken care of by the unofficial Owl Group and Cheryl, I just made up that name for them, hope they do not mind. They are all really nice people and cared for the owl family for years as I do now.

At the exact time he passed, I was going through medical and eye procedures and did not find out until a few days after when I read about it on Twitter and Instagram and did not believe a word of it. I thought they were telling tales. I thought they were making it all up. But I had gone down there and could not find him for two days of searching. After two days of finding the park totally quiet I contacted Cheryl and was told the news. I think I knew but was in denial. I thought it would not be true.

So I am so shocked about it as I write this post. I spent the last two months documenting his life and the life of his parents so it is not unusual that I would become a little bit attached to this adorable and cute baby. Now I want to bring meaning to this short life, meaning and purpose so he will never be forgotten. I can remember all the joy he gave me as he filled up my life during a time when I had nothing much else good in it. He took me out of my illness and into his wonderful world for a short time. I am really so thankful that I got to meet him. Hope they have owl babies in heaven. He was so good I know he will be in heaven.

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Nature Notes Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
Wild Bird Wednesday
ABC Wednesday  letter "E":   Woody the owl baby was so eager to explore the earth and I did not expect this to happen. He was so curious and wanted to learn everything but he educated us in the end.
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  1. Oh gosh - that is very sad news indeed.

  2. Nora, thank you so very much for your heart warming tribute to baby owl Woody! He will forever be in our hearts.

  3. It is unwise to transfer these kinds of feelings to wild creatures. People live, people die. Animals live, animals die. That’s it, Nora. Nothing more, nothing less. And I am surprised that you have concluded that a Cooper’s Hawk is responsible. They would seldom, if ever, take a bird larger than themselves, and they are accipiters - aerial hunters. I would suspect something other than a Cooper’s Hawk. Another owl perhaps.

    1. Thanks David, I guess we will never know for sure. I can just go by the info that was given to me. Also as well as the Cooper's Hawks, there are Great Horned Owls nearby and an eagles nest nearby. Someone said that the owls may have taken one of the Cooper's babies but in reality who knows for sure.

  4. Thank you Nora. My eyes are filled with tears. Nature is cruel. I love the story. I get attach to them too. So sorry Woody

  5. That is indeed sad news. I am so pleased you have decided to share all your footage of him so that we can all enjoy his short life.

  6. Not a good story - but a common one I think. Nature is red in tooth and claw.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  7. Ohh...I am so sorry to hear this, Nora.

  8. So sad to hear about Woody ~ what a beautiful tribute to him and wonderful photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Thank you for the tribute...This made me teary as I have been many times over wildlife..but you love and then your risk losing...sending love and hugs Nora....Michelle

  10. I am so sorry to hear this. A beautiful tribute.


  11. I'm so sorry Nora. But you are right that his life served an important purpose for all who were part of his life and I am especially glad that your beautiful videos and pictures and words helped you through a difficult time. I hope you can accept that gift and let the memories carry you through this. (I am also very glad you took time to document all of this and grateful you shared with us.) By the way, we had a similar thing happen to one of "our" baby eagles (in Florida) a few seasons ago. oddly, their nest was attacked by an owl!! Nature can be so hard.

  12. ahhh how sad…. nature is tough and cruel but it is what it is and what it should be I guess

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  13. You've written a wonderful tribute to Woody, Nora. Your photos of him have touched my heart. Cheers to Woody! May his Spirit soar joyfully through the Universe. Hugs to you, Nora.

  14. I'm so very sorry too. We can't help but fall in love with these precious critters when we follow them and photograph them. I would have felt the same way. I've never seen an owl in the wild....hope to some day! I'm so glad you got lots of photos and video on him. Sweet hugs, Diane

  15. Oh no!!!! So incredibly sad. Beautiful photos.

  16. I'm so glad people like you give a hoot!

  17. I'm sorry about your owl friend. Your pictures of him are precious.

  18. Aw, I'm so sorry to hear this. Poor little baby. I'm glad you were able to enjoy him while he was here. That was a gift of happiness that you shared with many, and now this lovely tribute. Nature can be difficult. ((Hugs))


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