Thursday, March 29, 2018

Crazy Owl Night

Thursday March 29 2018

When I went out late to feed Dudley his dinner in the moonlight, I was delighted to hear a long-eared owl hooting… but then I stopped short when I realized I was also hearing the call of a saw-whet owl - !!!! 

I've never heard a saw-whet owl anywhere but the forest, when out doing spotted owl surveys in Washington and Oregon. I didn't know saw-whets existed here in SW Idaho in the desert, but yes, says my expert birder friend Karen, they nest in boxes on the NCA (Birds of Prey Nat'l Conservation Area) north of here, around the Snake River.

Not much later, I heard not 1 but three screech owls, a male and 2 of last year's young.

I was so excited that I emailed Connie, who emailed back that at the same time that she thought she'd heard a pair of saw-whets tooting away up the crick. Upon further investigation of owl calls, now she thinks she heard not saw-whets but pygmy owls (!!!!!!!!!!). They aren't even supposed to be in this area, but that's what their calls sounded like.

And, if I'd felt like it, I could have hiked a hundred yards up the crick to see a pair of great horned owls, nesting in an old cottonwood (I likely would't have heard them hooting, since they are nesting, and no longer courting).

Four, maybe 5 owl species within a quarter mile of my doorstep at the same time - what a wild and crazy owl night!

this is the great horned owl nest, and top photo, the male sitting near the nest (only the female incubates the eggs)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

HORSELY: It's Not a Hobby, It's a Lifestyle

Thursday March 22 2018

HORSELY, a small business manufacturing and retailing equestrian products in Australia, contacted me and asked if I'd try out and review one of their products.

Among their numerous colorful braided belts, this is my favorite - the navy, beige and blue straw and braided wax rope belt. The unique design first caught my eye, and the workmanship is impressive. It is sturdy enough to withstand the outdoor chores in all kinds of weather, dirt, and horse hair, and stylish enough to compliment my casual and dressier outfits off the ranch. As you can see here, it works well with riding tights also (my friend liked it so much she swiped it from me!).

"It's not a hobby, it's a lifestyle" is Horsely's maxim.

Chinkit and his best friend Gagan are a 7 year old family operated business in Sydney. "Our love for the outdoors, barn and Gagan’s leather craft as a ‘saddler maker’ brings us to all things equestrian. You will find us either at a coffee shop or in vineyards perhaps dreaming about our next adventure," Chinkit told me. 

"We sincerely love this beautiful horse community in which we operate and wish we could associate with each horse lover. Currently we are looking to collaborate with horse enthusiast’s to drive HORSELY further. We aim to bring horse lover's with high-quality, price-competitive products to meet their equestrian & lifestyle needs."

Horsely has many other products available for the horse lover: messenger bags, jewelry, watches, bedding, apparel, socks, decor, and pillow covers, with new products regularly added to their inventory; and their customer service has been quick and professional.

Thumbs up review on the belt - I recommend checking out their products and treating yourself to their equestrian lifestyle collection.