A chance remark may have opened the door to a whole new branch of alternative medicine. To complement homeopathic remedies, hypnotherapy and acupuncture, may I suggest Ornitherapy.


Towards the end of a beautiful day in Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, I was investigating some Blue Jay alarms and suddenly found myself face to face with an Eastern Screech Owl. Close enough in fact to make it cross-eyed. I moved slowly back and kept up a soothing mumble to reassure the owl that I was not a threat, then found a shady spot from which to watch.


To have a spare morning in such a beautiful setting should have been cause enough to describe my mood as “chipper”, but add in a self-found owl, sitting out in full view and I found myself to be positively buoyant. After a short while, I left the owl in peace and soon after bumped into a young lady who was looking for owls.


It was her remark, “..an owl a day..” that made me wonder if anyone has already taken a lead in this exciting field. I already self-administer and to paraphrase our beat writer, Duncan, “I could quit any time I want to”. But I probably wouldn’t.

Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.