He flew in through the back door which I leave open so the dogs can get in or out when they need to. I have a very secure back yard, 6 ft fencing right round and there is actually a locked door to get into the yard instead of a gate. I usually sleep with a light on (mainly because I read to get to sleep and I doze off with the light still on). So there was enough light for him to come in. I woke up at 3am with the dogs bashing around trying to catch him. I turned the light on in the bathroom and got him in there and closed the door. I let him out in the morning. He spent the night on the rod for the shower curtain.
It was a full grown Boobook Owl. Thankfully it was not a Powerful Owl, they are huge. Now he just gets in the tree at the front of the house and hunts the moths that fly past my living room window. I really hate it when he hits the window, scares the living daylights out of me. The moths are attracted by the light in the living room.
I laughed about it afterwards too Daisy but I wasn't greatly impressed at the time.
Unless you come to Australia you probably won't get to see a Powerful Owl. They are exceedingly rare even here and they are actually found round where I live. They are our biggest owl and only found on the East Coast and no further inland than the Great Dividing Range. Check them out on Wiki.
Kate I have 2 words for you my friend! DOGGY DOOR!
They work a treat, except when the local natives work out how to use it after watching the dogs!
The count for us so far is a fox, a crow and a couple of Ringtail possums, my sister has just the magpie
Shaun the dog door is in the works but unfortunately my renovations came to a screaming halt when I ran out of money, help and health. I have an awning at the back of which half is going to be a verandah when I can get the floor in. Half closed in with bird wire at the top half and a fly screen door with a dog door in it, and blinds. That verandah will then be used as a bird area with a few pet birds. Tiled floor, laundry tub for washing cages and brooders (easier than a sink as it is wider and deeper) hot and cold running water. Large table for hand raising and shelving for the brooders. A sofa and coffee table at one end near the sink for sitting and playing with birds and also for entertaining prospective new baby owners.
Just don't hold your breath waiting Shaun, it was started in 2005 and the money and help ran out. I would rather get the rest of the inside done first and that is not any time soon.
As long as it is a nice mural and not just tagging.
Kate, if I was fit and able I would donate my time to help finish the center but tis not the case.
I might try and organise something through FB later in the year, i'm stretched to the max on my fundraising abilities right now