October Owls

“Listen, the wind is rising; the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Look at these orange eyes! We saw this owl at the raptor show at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, GA. He’s a permanent resident there, probably because of some injury that doesn’t allow him to live in the wild anymore. What a beautiful and unusual creature–most owls have eyes of yellow-gold, but his are actually as orange as pumpkins (you might not be able to tell from this picture, but trust me on this. I saw him up close.)

Now that it’s October, I’m really feeling the fall spirit. Colors are changing fast around here, like those small pieces of glass in a kaledioscope. I noticed our hydrangea is showing hints of lavendar and purple on its leaves, and the berries on the dogwood trees are bright red–as red as the cardinals that like to wash them in my birdbath and eat them, leaving the seed pits for me to clean out.

Today the wind is whistling around my house like mad, throwing leaves into the air, and it’s cooled off nicely. Listen closely tonight, if you live in the southeast. It’s time for great horned owls to hoot into the woods, searching for mates.


  1. GardenJoy4Me says

    Hello there !
    What a beautiful bird and I do believe orange eyes are definitely his colour !
    I am an October NUT … this is the best month of the year for me .. all of your descriptions of what is to come this month were perfect ! Thanks for a delightful read : )