Science Comes to Us

19 Feb

You would have to be walking around with your eyes and ears shut to not study Science.

Tonight we were sitting watching a Geography documentary, about what the ocean floor would look like if we drained off all of the water, when Science interrupted in the form of a rather loud racket on the back patio.

Of course we all ran to investigate.  My first thought was a burglar or a noisy possum.  Brayden yelled out, “It might be an owl”.  I don’t know why that was his first thought.  We’ve never seen an owl in the wild and we haven’t been reading about them or viewed anything about them.  But guess what…he was pretty close to correct.

When we peered out into the dark, after turning on every light imaginable first…just in case it was a bad guy…we saw this little fellow playing statues, as best he could, on the back fence.

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He’s a Tawny Frogmouth owl …well actually they aren’t owls at all.  But he’s certainly closer to an owl than a possum or a burglar!

Our guess is that he flew into our patio area to snatch up his dinner – a gecko perhaps, or a dirty big huntsman or maybe even a little mouse.  All of which I’m happy for him to eat!

We discovered that when we stopped using pesticides to try to eradicate the poisonous spiders around the outside of our house (which was totally ineffective), the birds eventually took back the job.  Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find a spider on the outside of the house…and if you do it won’t be long before a bird snaps him up as breakfast, lunch or dinner.  However, the compromise is that I must put up with birds swooping in and scaring us half to death and the little holes in my security screens that I’m sure the kookaburras create.  Aside from that I’m pretty happy with the arrangement.

Of course, Tawny Frogmouth kept us intrigued for a while.  After snapping a photo we had to identify him in the bird book and then google what they eat, to see what he might have been swooping at.  Then we discovered that they weren’t owls at all and watched the cutest little youtube video featuring one.

Just when you thought school was finished for the day.  Science turns up and knocks on your door.



(Oh and in case you were visualising the ideal picture perfect homeschooling family that watches documentaries together and dashes off to study the wildlife, make sure you add in all the details – the McDonalds meals we were eating, and the Coke we drank (yes Lisa and Lauren I can hear you both gasping in horror at that last bit!!))



Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Homeschooling Days, Science


4 responses to “Science Comes to Us

  1. Nathalie

    February 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, it gives me inspiration to also explore my garden and see what interesting things we might find!

  2. Elsa

    February 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Great photo! Not often you get to see one so close (or so close through zoom).

  3. JoAnn

    February 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

    You got a good photo of it. How fun to learn something like that so unexpected. 🙂

  4. Petra

    February 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Seeing your “owl” reminds me of when Dominic pointed one out at his old school – it was protecting a baby near a gutter/roof near the classrooms. It was huge! And it stayed thereabouts for a week.


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