(218)757-0070
5048 Old Highway 53
Orr,MN 55771
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Here's a humerous story about everyday life at Hundred Acre Woods B&B!



The Saw Whet Owl!

Living North as we do here at Hundred Acre Woods provides many opportunities for laughter and adventure. I enjoy sharing the stories because keeping them all to myself seems selfish. The story that follows occurred early this spring.

It all began one morning when I received a phone call from my neighbors who have a seasonal home across the road. We visit during summer weekends when they are here and all of us look after each other. That's what neighbors do. Late the evening before they began hearing what they thought was a beeping alarm of some sort that seemed to be coming from Hundred Acre Woods, somewhere.

Well, it was a puzzle. Could it be a warning for the septic system? My neighbors decided to investigate. They crossed the road and then heard crashing in the nearby brush. Then a beeping alarm at the edge of their field.

Being human the beeping caused assumptions to be made to explain them. What caused beeping out there in the fields all night long? It could be a bear (or wolf) whose radio collars' batteries were low. Seemed possible especially since my son had seen a very large black bear near our road the day before. Could be a bear den at Hundred Acre Woods.

Beep-Beep-Beep was the sound heard all night long with no apparent source. A mystery was brewing. A beep that resembled the alarm sounded when equipment is backing up coming from my neighbors as well as my field, very peculiar.

I decided that I needed some wildlife expertise to help solve the mystery of the beeping. My neighbors and I began asking for assistance. My grandchildren play outdoors and the idea of a bear den being near was cause for concern. We contacted the Department of Natural Resources Forestry service in Orr. I also called my friend Dee Kuder, our resident birding expert, and left her a message explaining and asking her opinion.

The DNR reported that there were no recorded animals with tracking devices in our area. Then the ranger I was speaking to asked me to listen to a recording of a northern saw whet owl. Wow, that was it, that was the mysterious beeping sound! My neighbors listened also and agreed. Could the mystery be solved?

Dee confirmed that we were indeed hearing saw whet owls communicating. Actually, early spring is their mating season. These little owls, about the size of a softball, continue the beeping noise back and forth for hours. Actually, Dee reported, that some cabin owners become very agitated with the continuous bird calls.

Well as we pieced together our mystery I saw deer tracks where the crashing in the woods occurred. And, finally, the owls were silent. However, the wildlife is always abundant as I watched a weasel leap off my deck and a pine martin foraging in my window box. We do love and celebrate our wild life here in the wild North!




For Reservations,
Please Call:

Veronica Holman, Proprietor
(218)757-0070

5048 Old Highway 53
Orr,MN 55771


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