We have a pair of owls in residence and I think I’ve figured what tree they nest in. At night and in the early morning, we’ve heard their beautiful sounds. Guests in the Wimbledon Cottage have seen the owl in the large oak tree behind the cottage. I’ve listened to the calls of both on YouTube and based on the sounds, they are Barred Owls with the Hoo-hoo-to-hoo-oo, hoo-hoo to wha-aa; it sounds a lot like “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” You can listen as Cornell Lab’s Laura Erickson sets the scene for the Barred Owl calls.
Spring has officially arrived when the daffodils pop up along on the grounds of Reynolda House. As you drive into the gated stone entrance, you’ll discover thousands of daffodils in the wooded grounds along the driveway. The cheerful yellow is a sweet reminder that warmer days are ahead and make the perfect photo op. Katharine Reynolds had these daffodils planted on the estate by Thomas Sears, a noted landscape architect and amateur photographer from Massachusetts. He started designing the grounds of the estate in 1915. The daffodils are pure magic and not to missed if you’re visiting Winston-Salem during the spring months.
The driveway entrance leading to Reynolda House. You can see the signature green tile roof in the distance. Now, owned by Wake Forest University, the garden and grounds are free to the public. It reminds me of parks in Europe and Central Park, of course on a much smaller scale. With 1,003 acres to explore, it’s a favorite spot for locals to take strolls, picnic and sunbath in warmer months. Explore one of the trails that go though the forest and down to Lake Katharine. Or follow the paved footpath that connects to the University. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon in our city.
So maybe Parker, the collie is not so impressed by the daffodils.