The elf owl is a very small owl with a very round head and no ear tufts. Its plumage is light gray and brown. The face often has a reddish-brown facial disc with white eyebrows and gray spots on the forehead and wings. The belly is lighter grey to white and the tail is very short and striped. The wings are long, extending to the base of the tail feathers when resting. The feet and talons are covered in feathers and are very small and weak. This owl nests in woodpecker cavities in cacti and deciduous trees. Often times the woodpecker cavities are not abandoned, thus raising competition between the owl and the woodpecker. They lay 1-5 white eggs in April or May. During incubation the female may go off to hunt at dusk while the male incubates the eggs. The elf owl is found in Southwest USA to Central Mexico and Baja California. It inhabits arid deserts with many cacti, riparian woodlands, tablelands, woody habitats, canyons, plateaus, mountain slopes and deserts with a high occurrence of giant saguaro cacti. It is a nocturnal bird with bat-like flight that predates upon small, weak prey-like insects, grasshoppers, caterpillars, cicadas and scorpions. Their diet consists mostly of insects either that are resting on tree branches or on the ground. They forage for insects from the ground. Once they have caught the insect, they bring it back to a tree branch where they tear it apart to eat it. Predators include large mammals that can reach the cavities of the trees.
I don’t reblog this EVERY time I see it, but pretty often. Because it’s important to be told these things. (Also, because I find that little owl utterly charming.)
I need to reblog this on a regular basis
I’ve been seeing a lot of sadness and self loathing on my dash lately…all these wonderful people who share amusing/amazing/ridiculous things with me are depressed and/or don’t like themselves. It hurts my heart. As the light fades and the SAD (seasonal affective disorder) starts slowly setting in, I feel the need to tell my followers, and anyone else who stumbles across this post, that you’re not alone in the darkness. Whether you’ve a chronic disorder that you’re on meds for, just feeling down in the dumps because someone else was a douche (purposefully or not), you’re going through a life change that’s has you ass over tea kettle, you’re so stressed out it’s possible your head will actually explode, or you’re trying to manage without the meds (like me; I see a counselor); regardless of your sickness/disease/disorder, regardless of age or gender, I and a large slice of the Tumblr population are here with you. Reach out if you need us. And please remember: Don’t be mean to yourself, you are a good person.
“Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past. ~ Brian Tracey” This includes forgiving yourself. It’s hard and can take some time, trust me, I know…but it’s doable and totally worth it. If you can’t take it from me, trust these adorable owls, they would never lie to you. :)
(Thank you to whomever created these little owls. Source anyone? Bueler?)