What plants can tell you

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mama screech owl.

Early this morning, I was watering some newly planted milkweeds, when I looked at a firebush and noticed some newly deposited bird droppings. Looking up, I discovered our mama screech owl, still sleeping in the early sun. Knowing that her nest is in our old avocado tree, I found two young owlets, very well hidden among new growth, but sitting out of the nest nonetheless. They stayed put long enough for me to photograph them.

Take home lesson: keep a close eye on your plants, and watch for clues to what’s going on in the garden.

Here are the babies, hiding among the avocado leaves.