Where The Owls Be

Can you find the owls in the above photo?

There were 10 birds in the tree above Mama Owl.

I don’t know what they are.

They were backlit, so zooming in on them looses most of the detail.

Key to where to Owls be in the tree.

54 thoughts on “Where The Owls Be

    • Thanks, Susan. I don’t remember seeing them, before, but then again, they could have been anything 70 feet up and backlit.

      • I remember them migrating through Oklahoma when I was growing up. They came when berries on one of my mom’s shrubs were ripe and/or fermented. 😉

    • Hi Frank. It’s really tough in the first photo. The key shows the extent they are spread out right now.

    • Thanks, Mariam. It’s interesting what some of the smaller birds that sit high in the trees look like up close.

  1. What amazing pictures! I would have never found all of them without your key. I did find the ones in the middle. So cool my friend! Have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks, Maj & Sher. It’s hard to see detail in a lot of the smaller birds that perch in high places.

  2. Found two of the three callouts – needed your help on the Mama. As mentioned in comments above, those are indeed Cedar Waxwings – sharp looking head profile and of course the yellow dipped tails will always give them away.

      • My aplogies, Heide. I must have been looking and Rudi’s avatar when I answered. I’m happy you liked the irises. I thought it would be nice for people to see the tree the owls are in.

  3. What a fun post, Timothy. Your owl puzzle was fantastic! A joy to have one tree filled with numerous owls, and the key at the end was much appreciated. Also fun to see the cedar waxwings. They are often so high up it is difficult to identify them. Wonderful to see the bearded iris too.

    • Thanks, Jet. Major Tom made a major effort to get to the top of the tree the other night. I did a video but I haven’t had time to process it.

  4. I agree, the mystery birds are probably cedar waxings. I think I see the owl to the right of center, just inside the V formed by the lighter colored branch. I enjoyed all the photos, Tim! I am always pleased to see such diversity of life

  5. Apparently I’m not too good at puzzles. Glad you pointed the owls out. I love the shrill call of cedar waxwings. I usually hear them before seeing them. Beautiful flowers!

    • Thanks, Gigi. They are small and hard to see in the photo. I always do closeups so you don’t get a sense of scale.

  6. I love finding hidden things in images, but this was a tough one, until you pointed them out! BTW, I’m adding a link to this post in my upcoming post!😉

    • Hi Tiffany. The owls are small in the wide perspective of the tree. Thanks for the link when you link it. I appreciate it.

  7. At first I got 2 owls! Then,I saw the 3rd. Then I saw about 8 more. Then in the end, I only got 1.
    AMAZING!!! No wonder they are survivors!
    What is that lush pink flower above the moon?

    • Hi Resa. There might have been 8 owls but we couldn’t see them hidden in the tree. That rose is Abraham Darby. It’s a David Austin Old English shrub rose.

  8. Good grief, Timothy! That you were able to spot the owls in the first place is amazing. I did find the one, then saw the two in the nest but Mama? Nope.
    And those first irises are divine. They look like faded muslin dresses… beautiful. OK. Everything’s beautiful.

    • I’m used to finding them, but even so a lot of times I can’t spot them if they are in the leaves. Mama is not in the picture. She is higher in the tree. Thanks, Dale.

    • Thanks, Julie. We are used to finding them. Mama was higher out of the photo as noted in the caption below her. I probably should have put the arrow above the top of the photo.

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cedar waxwings in one place. You live in such a beautiful habitat. So prime for great photography, which you always provide. 🙂

  10. Love the birds, but the roses drew my attention. Anne Boleyn and Boscobel, at a guess, but looking very contented whatever they are. I did not see any of the real owls, just a spurious one.

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