Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I just realized I can answer comments in the comment section

Ok, I admit it. I'm a little slow on the uptake. I answered someone's comment in the main blog because I thought I really should answer her - I feel like that a lot. So I finally realized that I can just answer someone w/ a comment in the same section where they wrote. Maybe that's not the right way, but it beats putting answers up on the main blog sometimes, especially if it's not in English.

I just answered Colleen in the comment section below where she wrote. That's pretty neat!

Of course, I will answer general questions as best I can in the blog itself. I'll try to get to all the questions about owls, etc. at some point here.



Janet said...
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Charlotte said...

That's great, Stacey! As more and more people get on to your blog I'm sure it will make it easier to respond to some of the comments and questions we'll be sending your way! I LOVE this vehicle of communication. It provides all barn owl/Molly/Wesley addicts with such great information and the same endearing, heartfelt stories that "wesley" gifted to all of us.

Is there a way to send you a less public post or comment? There is something I'm compelled to share with you but am hesitant.. If you're open to email, mine is

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Eva =uD said...

solo ahora he visto los videos y los post's sobre Molly y McGeen!!!
Wooow!!! Me encantó!
Es increible la historia de los conejos! Pero la verdad es que no tengo mucha experiencia en lo tema... pienso que pueden ter se adaptado a comer conejos, porque pueden ser mas abundantes en la región que las ratas.
Eso tanbien me gusta en la biologia: no importa el cuanto estudió una persona, ella nunca lo sabrá de todo! Porque están vivos y tienen personalidades distintas, y pueden decidir hacer cosas "raras" como comer ratas o jugar en el agua!! Son complejos y fascinantes!!!
Ya sabes el mucho que te admiro porque siempre digo eso, verdad??
Gracias por todo!!!!!
Besitos ;*

wess_liana said...

Hi Stacey! I've been writing and rewriting this comment in my head for days... that's how moved I was by your dear book. (and I haven't written a "fan letter" since I was 13 and was CONVINCED that if I could just pour out my heart to him, Barry Manilow would indeed want to be my husband hahahaha)As much as I want to, I finally realized that there are NO words to describe how deeply you touched me with Wesley's story. Let it suffice to say that I had the same reaction to the ending as many, many of the kind people who have made comments on this blog (which I have also now read from start to finish - I just can't seem to get enough of your kind and loving spirit. I've also had health problems that my furry nursemaids helped me through, so I could relate to your illness and the comfort and resolve that Wesley gave you... I've been there, too. I have to say that the entire book was a joy to read and confirmed what I've always believed about animals and emotions. My favorite passage by far, however, was the description of Wesley's owl hug towards the end. I read it through the first time with sparkly tears running down my face at the sheer beauty of it... and I re-read it many times with the same reaction... I think I have it memorized by now. My husband wanted to know what I was so upset about and I exclaimed "Oh, not UPSET... just completely in awe!" I read the passage to him out loud and when I glanced over - my sweet hubby was wiping tears of his own! Well, Stacey, I've bent your ear long enough, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for the blessing of Wesley's story and let you know you will be in my prayers from now on! (((hugs))) -Liana

Eva =uD said...

Ola Stacey...
como estas??
es que usted no hay vienido por aqui hoy... te extraño! haha.
espero que estés bien...

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey. I found information on your blog while watching some owl videos on youtube (starting off with watching some of the Molly videos) and decided to check it out today. I read your book and loved it (and cried at the end.) My uncle had some owls when I was little, including a barn owl that hung out in my grandmother's basement. My sister remembers being afraid of it because of its monkey face and the way it screeched. I think they are beautiful, especially that rim around the face where the face and head feathers meet. It just makes you want to touch it, but of course the owl would not approve.

I was reading your post about Molly and McGee and how McGee brings rabbits to the nest. I am fortunate enough to be a volunteer on a raptor nesting survey in Albuquerque NM, in the cottonwood forest along the Rio Grande. The first year I worked on the project, I had two great horned owl nests in my territory. One was near a bridge which had lots of pigeon nests under it. All the animal parts under that nest were pigeon parts. The other nest, at the other end of my territory, had squirrel and rabbit parts under it. I also monitored burrowing owls that summer, and many of their pellets were shiny from all insect shells. I collected a whole bag of owl pellets from the different nests. Last year I found 2 great horned owl nests near my house, within 1/4 mile of each other. This year I am fortunate enough to have one in my survey area again. I love watching the owlets (and the Cooper's hawk chicks later in the season) grow up.

One funny thing that happened that first year I was surveying - after spending several months spying on one of the owl nests, I ducked into that part of the woods to go to the bathroom after the owls had fledged. I was wondering idly if I would see them. I saw a summer tanager fly overhead, and when I looked up, there were four owls on a branch above me, staring down at me. Another time I sat down on a log to eat my lunch, and discovered that 3 of the owls were nearby (the fourth undoubtedly was as well, but I couldn't see it.) While I was eating, a parade of people came through. Some even stopped to talk to me, and not a single one of them even noticed the owls.

I have had parrots for 20 years. (My first just died in December, at the age of 20. It is still weird to not have him with me and I miss him.) In the past 4 years, since moving to Albuquerque, I've become a bird watcher, gotten to work on a bird banding project, gotten to monitor the raptor nests, and learned how to handle educational raptors (including a very cool barn owl who sat on my arm for 4 hours at an event.) Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I loved your book.