The Owl Adventure

My hubby and I have started birdwatching about a year ago but haven’t had much progress since. Partly because we have not been spending too much time on it but also because we haven’t had the opportunity of getting guidance from an experienced birdwatcher. However, it’s definitely one of our favourite past-times.We recently met a friend who’s really into birdwatching and has offered to take us for a nature walk along a nearby river. I know that there are barn owls near the river but haven’t had much luck everytime we went birdwatching. He told us that he could show us where it was as the owl lived in a very obscure nest-box that not everyone can spot.So there we were, on a Saturday afternoon, setting off to the river in time to catch a glimpse of the barn owl at sunset before it started hunting for food. As we arrived approximately an hour earlier than sunset, our friend thought it was worth showing us around and did a little more birdwatching before we went back to the nest-box.Before we walked further, we caught a look at the nest-box in the telescope which was triangular in shape and was fixed there by some birdwatchers 5 or 6 years back. The barn owl had lived there since.While waiting for sunset, we managed to see a pair of female and male stonechats on our way which are quite rare in Berkshire.At about sunset, we went back to the nest-box. To our amazement, the nest-box was no longer there! We thought it was the most bizarre experience. It was there only an hour ago and had always been there for the past 5 years according to our friend. It was fixed securely at a very high spot on a tree in an open field where rarely anyone could have seen it, let alone taking it down. The whole nest-box was gone and it didn’t fall on the ground. I thought it was one of the most peculiar thing that happened to me in my life. The chances of that happening within the hour when we were about to see our first barn owl. The fact that we saw the nest-box just about an hour before made it even more unbelievable.Sometimes, I don’t think these things happened by chance and yet I couldn’t think of any reason why that had happened. I couldn’t see the significance of the phenomenon but yet, it was almost as though someone was playing a game on us.

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