This is the Week that Was: Rescued Owl Update

Great Horned Owlet in April 2022

The Rescue Owl
In April I rescued a Great Horned Owlet that had fallen out of a nest that was in the Palm Tree in our front yard (see Great Horned Owlets in April.) We took the bird to the ‘Wild at Heart’ Bird rescue center in Cave Creek Arizona.

In early June the Director of Wild at Heart  sent us an update about our owlet.

Group Photo Great Horned Owlets

‘Our’ owl is one of the ones in this group photo. The birds will continue their stay at the Center throughout the summer. They will finish their live food training sessions and in late summer and throughout the fall they will be released into a suitable habitat.

So, do you think my owlet is the ‘tall’ curious one in the back row… or maybe the shy one huddled up against the owl next to it? For creatures that look so much alike, they do seem to have distinct personalities!

Social Media – the Information Gatekeepers

Being effective at social media, whether for business or personal use, means capturing people who have short attention spans. They’re only a click away from a picture of a funny cat, so you have to make your thing more compelling than that cat. And that can be a high bar.
— Alexis Ohanian –

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson –

#Take Box

We call the Amazon Drivers ‘Andy’. They visit us quite frequently. The Car Guy has found that he can buy a lot of stuff for his work shop from Amazon. Their warehouse isn’t far from our place and they have items that the hardware stores have not had for some time now.

As quickly as Andy delivers things, other stuff is exiting our house. We are  in the ‘never ending’ downsizing mode. We are at that age where it is highly unlikely we will ever use many of the things that we often used 20 or 30 years ago!  When I saw the following idea,  I thought it sounded like a good one:

What Happens in the Bedroom…

Speaking of Beds, I recently saw this ‘Flower Bed’.

Do You Remember When?

Are you old enough to remember the Indian Head Test Pattern that was shown on your TV screen just after the channel had signed off for the day?

The test pattern was used to tune the brightness and contrast settings, either by broadcast engineers to make sure broadcasts were being sent correctly; or by TV owners or repair shop technicians to correct the image.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian-head_test_pattern#/media/File:Indian_Head_Test_Pattern_with_Labels.png

To Sum Things Up

The upside of Facebook, besides knowing what things your friends and family are doing that they don’t otherwise tell you about, are tidbits like this one (I couldn’t find the original source, which might have been clearer):

If you are of a certain age you will remember Jim Croce’s song, ‘Operator’:

Operator, oh, could you help me place this call?
See, the number on the matchbook is old and faded.

The hypothetical comments that might come from young people today – what is an ‘operator’ or a ‘matchbook’ – could explain why that person would think the song makes no sense!

That’s okay. The few times I’ve listened to the words of some new song, I didn’t understand all the references either!

17 thoughts on “This is the Week that Was: Rescued Owl Update

    1. Agree on both 🙂 A few years back I saw this video of a comedian doing something similar: he filmed himself walking around town with a pile of PostIt notes that said LIKE! on them and posting on them on trees, a bicycle he liked, people’s sweaters, window displays, etc. and it was hilarious to see people’s reactions. Then he started to follow a group of 4 young women. When they asked him what he was doing he explained he was following them, like on Twitter, and you could see them giggle uncomfortably … It’s funny, but it’s also insightful: why do we behave online in a way that we would never behave irl?

      Though, pre-Covid, it wouldn’t be beyond me to wait in line at Costco, see someone with an item I like and ask them about it 🙂 But that’s not the same, is it?

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      1. Twitter in particular has given people who leave comments an audience that they would never have otherwise – plus the ability to be anonymous. I think that is why some people behave the way they do!

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    1. Justin, as in demanding attention. I agree.
      I don’t think my owl would be like that… but who knows what that fall out of the nest did to it!

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    1. It would be interesting to work at the raptor centre and see if there are traits that set each bird apart from the others.

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      1. There is a raptor conservatory about 2 hours drive west of Toronto. We like to go there to photograph their different owls and other birds of prey.

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        1. I’ll have to look for a raptor centre here in Alberta! I have a lot of questions that I’m sure they would be happy to answer.
          We are fortunate to live in the country and have had owls and cooper hawks nesting nearby – but a raptor centre would be a wonderful place to see and photograph many birds of prey!

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  1. I love the Facebook section. It’s hilarious. Your dear little owl, whichever one he is, seems to be enjoying life which is wonderful to see. Great post.

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