Cava is thrilled that an owl has taken up residence in our backyard. He is giddy with excitement every time he hears it hoot. I'll look out our back window and see him just standing there in the yard, gazing up into the tree, and I don't even have to wonder why. Cava is fascinated by birds, especially big ones. He loves all birds of prey: hawks, eagles, falcons (particularly the Peregrine Falcon) and owls. He will sit and watch any nature documentary that is about birds. (On Netflix alone, we've watched Wings of Life, The Life of Birds, The Crimson Wing, and are now in the BBC's documentary Life - we started with the episode on birds, of course!).
He loved the hawks and eagles that were at Dollywood. One of his favorite parts of any of our trip to the Magic Kingdom was at Animal Kingdom when we walked through a bird sanctuary.
He will spend hours pouring over bird books and loves checking them out from the library. For his birthday, he wants a nice pair of binoculars so he can really bird watch.
The boy even dreams about falconry and one day wants to have a Peregrine Falcon of his own.
On the way to school one morning, he was rattling off facts he'd learned about owls and, when he stopped to catch his breath, I said, "Keep this up and you'll grow up to be an ornithologist."
"Yeah," he beamed.
"Do you know what that is?"
"That's someone who studies birds."
"Oh yeah! That's me all right!"
I love seeing his enthusiasm for bird watching and will heartily encourage him to continue. From the time he first arrived here in the States, he has been very excited whenever he sees a bird wherever we are. I asked him if he was this way back in Ukraine. "No," he said.
He shrugged, "I don't know. Just didn't notice them there."
I'm glad he does now because he makes me more aware of them. Sometimes we sit outside together and try to identify birds we see in our yard with those in his bird identification book. We also enjoy nature walks to try and spot different ones.
The only thing I'm disappointed by is that the owl hasn't brought any letter from Hogwarts yet.
For those who are wondering, we named the owl Archimedes but call him "Archie."