Last week, our friend and helper, Vickie gave me the bad news that something had ripped the guts out of two birds and left the remains behind in our yard. I hate litter birds! Today she found part of a squirrel tail at the base of one of our trees, and looking up saw a very large nest.
I called my dear dad—bird watcher extraordinaire—and asked him what kind of bird might have built that nest, explaining that it had already killed two birds and a squirrel. His best guess was a ‘BIG BIRD’! Right, thanks. When I pressed him for a little more information he said it might be a hawk or perhaps an owl.
I asked Cole to climb on top of the garage roof and take a closer look at Big Bird’s nest! He agreed, but was not high enough to see anything, so he suggested climbing the tree next to the tree with the nest for a better look.
I agreed to his idea and encouraged him to put shoes on to protect his feet. At which point he reminded me that monkeys don’t wear shoes and that you could do more with toes than just paint them! Who knew?
Meanwhile, my good camera—and expensive lens—swung from Cole’s neck as he climbed upward, moving from branch to branch. It was hard not to suggest that he put one hand underneath the camera, but despite the risk to my camera I could see the value in hanging onto the tree branches with both hands.
Cole’s final destination still put him under the nest so his pictures aren’t as clear as we would like, but they do tell us a little bit about Big Bird.
The nest is made of medium sized twigs and is about 20 inches across. It was feathered with purple fabric scraps, grey feathers, and fur that seemed to match the leftover squirrel tail.
Big Bird, it seems, has bold taste and likes colors that complement one another! It seems likely that Big Bird is, in fact, either a hawk or an owl. Naturally—me being me—I had to look up what the hawk and the owl represent spiritually.
A hawk is considered a messenger, protector, and visionary. Keen vision is one of its greatest gifts. Hawks see things others miss. And when a hawk visits, it’s an indication that you are now awakening to your soul purpose, your reason for being here. It can teach you how to fly high while keeping yourself connected to the ground.
When an owl visits, you are being called upon to open your eyes, ears, and mind to the truth of a situation. The owl is a messenger that can bring clarity and illumination.
So the question now is, owl or hawk?
I’m betting a hawk has come to visit. We will keep you posted… I feel certain we’ll have a Big Bird sighting within the next couple of days!