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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TRIPLETS!

My neighbor, Lori, tipped me to something special over at our nearby Home Depot store. It was way up near the roof over the garden section.


No, it wasn't the stuff in those big cardboard boxes.  It was what was ON one of those boxes. Take a closer look.


That's right. It's an owl. According to one of the store employees, he (or she - how the heck do you tell which is which, anyway) is part of a couple that has lived in the store for six years, ever since the store was built.


Each year the female gives birth to an owlet. Or two. They stay with the parents until the old folks have taught them to fly. Then they get kicked out to go find their own (Home Depot store) nesting place. The store employee said they even provide a birthing box for them.

But this year was special. The parents didn't have one baby.  Or two. They brought THREE little owls into the world.


 Actually, they're not so little.


So here they are, posing for their group portrait.


The store employe I spoke to said the threesome has been viewed by many, many store visitors. But the young owls seemed relatively unfazed by all the attention.

If I was the kind of guy who would say such a thing, I might say they don't give a hoot.

But, of course, I wouldn't say that.

15 comments:

  1. I'll be darned, that's amazing. I've seen birds in many airports, but to learn that a mega-store like HD can find a way to shelter owls is pretty unusual. And triplets to boot.

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  2. How wonderful, owls are fantastic creatures, so glad they're so well lodged!

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  3. Thanks for that! Very cool story.

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  4. You've posted a fantastic story. Great photos. Seeing those three "little" ones is amazing. Great of Home Depot to provide the hospitality.

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  5. I don't think I could have resisted that pun, either.

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  6. Neat post. Good on you Bruce.

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  7. Your neighbor whose good house is never doneMarch 3, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    I knew you'd get some great shots! A couple of weeks ago those 3 were just puff balls. I'm fairly sure that is the female. The male is HUGE and not fond of the fan club below.

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  8. Great! Marvellous! Fabulous! I have something of a soft spot for owls.

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  9. We were by the Home Depot a few days ago and made a specific trip to the garden center, at Lori's suggestion :-), but we didn't see them or weren't sure where to look. Thanks for the photos, we'll keep looking as I'm sure we have more trips to Home Depot to make!

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  10. Awwwwww. They are so cute. There is a children's book called Owl Babies. There are three of them.

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  11. That is beyond cool, and I'll bet HD does not have a rodent problem.

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  12. So unique! Home Depot is such a good home to these triplets!

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  13. You got some great shots. They must be able to find enough food running about the store in order to live there. I guess a Home Depot store might have an abundance of mice living amongst the wood piles.

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  14. Wow! Already? It was April 11th last year when I posted pictures of them and they were smaller than these. I will have to get myself over there to take a look. I love that one of the three of them looking over their shoulder at you.

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  15. How absolutely super cool!!!

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