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Recently one early morning, just after sunrise, I heard Simba barking his "I have an intruder pinned" bark. So, I made my way out to see what it was...the last time it was a raccoon.

Just about 100 feet(33.3 meters) away from our cabin he had discovered avery precarious new critter to him.

*Amazingly cute little guy isn't it?😍😍


It was a baby Barred Owl! And while I can't say for sure, I would say it's a safe bet if left alone with it for much longer, Simba would have killed and eaten it. That, in this particular case, was not a desirable outcome. There are a few reasons for this...

First, owls live in nests filled with all kinds of grossness, including their own fecal matter. This in turn ends up on their razor sharp talons.(Yes, even the baby's talons can easily pierce flesh.) And that is a bad deal, for if Simba were to be punctured it could lead to severe infections. Also, owls eat mice, moles, snakes and other such figures. They're a natural pest control. Lastly but not leastly, Simba had no need to eat this beautiful bird for he has this....

*Over half a deer left from the last killed one.


An initial trip to the wildlife rescue sanctuary ended in us being sent back home with the bird. So I needed to get him set up for his best chance at survival. So, first things first....

*Evan feeding him some fresh killed squirrel.

Luckily, barred owls are not picky eaters, so getting food for him was relatively easy. Just a quick trip into the forest with my little .22, and I was able to return with a squirrel to chew on.


You all know I had to make him a nice comfy place to live. So after a little bit of research I was able to figure out what the suggested sizes for an owl nest house.

*It starts with some left over plywood and some measurements.

I'm glad to say we had everything we needed to build our little friend his home, without having to buy a single piece of material. We had leftover plywood, 2x4s, and screws from previous construction jobs.

*It starts with a couple of walls built at a 90 degree angle to each other.

*The floor was added, after the walls were all attached to each other.

*Then it was time to add a roof to keep the rain out. It extends beyond the front to allow him to have a porch to stay dry whenever he is perched on his entrance hole.

*A 7 inch by 7-in hole with rounded corners was drawn out with marker.

*Then using a circular saw and a sawzall, the hole is cut out.

*I was happen to see, upon completion, the nest house seemed to be a huge success!!!πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰

*As a test run, I made sure that the house could be securely attached to the wall inside the cabin, so I would know how to attach it to the tree outside.


Just a few days after the box was moved outside to the tree, our Barred owl friend had learned to fly it could be seen high in our trees, perching.

I wasn't able to get any pictures of him during this time, as every time I grabbed my phone to do so, I couldn't find him when I got back. However, it was easy to tell he was doing well and excited to be back in his natural environment.

It was amazing to have such a great visitor, even though it was just for a few short days. And I feel that I learned a lot from my little buddy during his brief visit.





*Owly's first, and probably last ever trip in a truck, as we headed to the wildlife sanctuary when we first found him.


*Chillin on top of his nest.

*Eating a fresh frog chunk.🐸🐸

*Talons that are literally razor sharp daggers...that are laced with biological weapons.😬😬😁🀯


We all will be blessed with the opportunities, and the abilities, to help somebody in need on a regular basis. We just must keep our eyes open and our thoughts focus to be able to see these magnificent opportunities when they arrive.

Not always will those who are in need be people. Sometimes they are the great creatures of our Earth, our magnificent plants, or our Mother Earth herself.

You never need look for to find somebody or someone in need. And never hesitate to jump at the opportunity to do what you can to help those.

Dearest friends, we love you all, and do truly appreciate all of your love and support that you show us! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— As always, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all that yous do for us. We send our love and best wishes out to each and every one of you and hope that this week is a beautiful week in your world!

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I never see owl here in day time because it's come outside in night. But it's face is really so innocent πŸ˜…πŸ˜

When looking into this owl's eyes in real life, you can almost feel as if he is looking deep within your soul. It is one of the most amazing interactions that I have ever had in my life with an animal. Many ancient civilizations considered owls as special beings, and we consider it an amazing blessing to have had such an amazing visitor! I wish you luck on seeing more owls in the future! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out of your day to visit our blog! We sent you our best wishes and all of our love! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

Really it's eye's has a different kind of attraction that's why i said it's looking so innocent

Wow that's fantastic having the little Owl and building a home for itπŸ˜ƒ

It was super amazing! And so much fun! It's good to see you there brother. We send you and yours love and our best wishes.πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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Thank you so much for your support! It really means the world too my boy and me out here at the homestead I found a lot of my liquid rewards to a savings in his @evans-education account so he can earn his 20% interest. We hope that you all have a great day and we send our love and best wishes.πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

@johndoer123 You have beautifull new friend ! God bless u all!πŸ™

We wish you a blessed day as well! And yes he was really really beautiful while we had him, and even more so than that were the interactions that we shared. We send our love and best wishes to you and yours. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

Ohh, how beautiful, I had one when I was 11 years old, we called her Victoria. We fed her and she stayed with us for a long time.

Unfortunately one day she escaped and we were able to get her, but she was very weak from not eating. We fed her like we used to but she passed away after that πŸ˜­πŸ’”.

How nice that you made her a little house, I hope she stays with you for a long time. They are very beautiful and amazing animals.

That is a beautiful story. And while you did lose your friend, we all know that everything only lasts for a season. I'm extremely happy that you had the opportunity to have an owl, especially since I know how amazing it is personally! And he has learned how to fly, so he has been seen a couple of times in the trees. We send our love and our best wishes to you.πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—