There are lots of robins nesting on and around our property probably due to the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries we try to harvest in our garden before the birds do. The great horn owls are much aware of the robins in the area and frequently will sit on an evergreen tree branch waiting for the opportunity to snatch a newly hatched bird from its nest.
The other day, I heard the crows making a loud ruckus high up in one of the evergreens. I looked toward the direction from where the noise was coming. There sitting on one of the branches was a nervous appearing great horn owl twisting its head back and forth wondering which crow was going to attack it. It soon gave up its spot quickly flying away into the forest with the two pesky crows flying after it while constantly crying their threatening caw.
It’s seldom I see crows aggressively attacking an owl so I am assuming that the owl may have been in the crows hunting territory for that day. Or, they recognized the owl from a previous event when it infringed on their territory and were reminding it to keep away. Normally the crows to do not nest close to our property. Hmmm….only the crow knows.
Today along the side of the road I found a blue robin’s egg, a half shell. I picked it up thinking I would sketch it later then I spotted the other half 500 feet further down the road. I couldn’t resist gathering it up to add to the sketch hoping with would be the other half to the first egg. It was a perfect match. Don’t know how one egg could have been separated from each other by such a long distance. Hmmm…only the robin knows.