Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Hello, everyone!

This blog is a way overdue and I thank those longtime readers and other patient folks for their dedication, patience and encouragment.

I may not be as ready as I like but it is time to take my ever-growing e-mail distribution list and go wider with a blog to which I can refer people and has an interactive medium happening.

To briefly summarize before detailed histories are written, I have been watching a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park for over three years. I have dubbed this pair Charles and Sarah (stories behind their names to follow). My time with these owls provides me with an new interpretation of ESL. Instead of English as a Second Language, ESL means to me: Experience, Skill, Luck. With a healthy helping of ESL I have seen these owls: perch, stretch, groom, hoot, duet, mate, fly, stretch, hunt, incubate eggs, raise youngsters, and more. I hope to flesh out this information and describe in great detail the amazing doings of Charles and Sarah!


  1. Congrats for taking the blogging plunge! I'm sure your readership will grow (at least by one as I am now a follower). Keep it up.

  2. Congrats, Mark! I thought of you when a small screech owl inhabited my garage for a few weeks. Hope all is well in StL. -Lauren

  3. Many thanks, Lauren!! Thanks for thinking of me when you had the owl in your garage-how cool to have one so close. Hope all is good out west! -Mark

  4. Hey Mark! Long time no see; I haven't made it over to the park lately but I've been wondering what the owls were up to.

    Glad to see you've got a blog to track your owl adventures... I'll be checking back often. You've got a unique and wonderful relationship with these birds.

  5. Many thanks for the kind words, Julie. I hope to see you in the park sometime soon! Good luck with the remainder of the semester-Mark.