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The Owl and I,
This review is from: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl (Hardcover)
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This is the charming memoir of a British man who kept a tawny owl as a pet for fifteen years. After his first owl escaped into the wild, he was given Mumble, as he called the bird, who soon became an indispensable part of his life. At first she lives in an aviary on the balcony of his apartment building, carefully hidden from the landlord; later in her life he moved to the country where he built her a beautiful outdoor enclosure. Over the years he observed her behavior and chronicled life with his quirky roommate.
If you love birds, you will probably enjoy this book. I could see echoes of my own budgie in Windrow's observations of Mumble, and enjoyed reading about their friendship and Mumble's instinctive habits, like pouncing on "prey." I also enjoyed reading about owls' hunting habits and life in the wild. Windrow does make the point that people should not keep wild birds as pets; he was only able to obtain Mumble because his brother was a falconer (and I still have to question the wisdom of having an owl in a city apartment that doesn't allow pets!). In the tradition of books like RING OF BRIGHT WATER and BORN FREE, and definitely for fans of WESLEY THE OWL.