and then tonight...as i walked through the echo echo tunnel into the woods and under the tulip tree - i heard it...the owls screeching...FOUR of them! one on each side of me, and two up higher and back into the treecover more. i looked up, and there was a fuzzy, bobbing, terrified fledgling. his first attempts at flight. momma hanging close by, and brother across the path from me. not an ideal situation, as momma is uber-protective at this point and will attack a human or any other thing that she perceives as a threat to her babes. but such a treat! i stepped back a few feet and watched for a while. his brother's flight went well, but the landing - not so much. momma was right there to protect him until he made it from the ground to the tree's safety. a day filled with owls.
and now early to bed - my 5am wakeup call from the robins is catching up with me. tomorrow i have a date with a wax pot and some tasty dyed silk.