A Bicycle Built for Whoooooooo

Flickr user Adam Norwood found this owlet had taken over his bicycle! “Definitely the best excuse I’ve ever had for being late to work,” he writes.

After snapping a few pictures, Norwood left the scared little bird alone. “Sure enough,” he writes, “as soon as it started getting dark out he called (screeched, really) for his momma owl to come take care of him.”


  1. kibblenibble says:

    Whoo’s got the cutest eyebrows?

  2. cyberpunkrocker says:

    The Whoooooo?

  3. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    It’s a bicycle built for whoo!

  4. tracylee says:

    Obviously, Hedwig got tired of flying, so she decided to nab someone’s bike for the next delivery…

  5. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    I was trying to be cute & witty. After I posted my remark…THEN I see the header for this post & now feel like a dork. Oh well.

  6. Oh my stinkin’ GOSH! Some people have all the luck!!

  7. tracylee says:

    no one knows what it’s like…
    behind yellow eyes!

  8. brinnann says:

    Poor little owlet was just tired and needed to take a brake.

  9. aww a little fledgling… off to see the whirld for his first bike ride.

  10. Teee HEEE HEE Nicely done!

  11. D’awww… what a great guy, to leave the little owlet there!

    Had to scroll back up to make sure it was NOMTOM’s post, not pyrit’s, after reading all the puns. 🙂

  12. OMG that’s soooo adorable!!!

  13. warrior rabbit says:

    Tired is what he was, all right. Or maybe looking for atten-Schwinn. Don’t get Huffy, little dude. This is just where the rubber meets the road.

    I apologize for all that.

  14. Lucky thing those talons didn’t puncture the tire! Cute wee owlet.

  15. ElishaB. says:

    Awwww, I just luvers the baby animals…..but those claws kinda scares me….still pretty though!

  16. sunnylessmum says:

    Exxxxcelent hover text NOMTOM. I love imagining the screech of “MOM! COME GET ME!!” Those large round eyes make the little one look extry vulnerabuhls.

  17. skippymom says:

    So? Did Mrs. Owl come and collect her babe? We need to know!

  18. chanpon says:

    Owlet: I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…

  19. Apparently yes, Skippymom:
    There's an owl on my bike!

  20. If I were you, I’d be thrilled that I had the same creative thoughts as NOMTOM. 😉

  21. skippymom says:

    Thanks, Theresa! By the way, have I ever mentioned that you are my hero?

  22. (The Original) Mel says:

    Mommommommom mommy, mom. Mooommm. Mommommommommmyyyyy. Can I ride my bike?

  23. tracylee says:

    Get on yer bikes and ride!

  24. skippymom says:

    He doesn’t want a pickle, he just wants to ride on his bi-sickle.

  25. Wow!

  26. warrior rabbit says:

    The wind beneath your wings?

  27. 260Oakley says:

    Trance Armstrong, one of cycling’s most talon-ted riders, stares down the competition.

  28. The owls are not what they seem in Schwinn Peeks.

  29. tracylee says:

    talon-ted? *groan*
    (in a good way, obvs.)

  30. OMG! Could anything be cuter than this right now?!?!?

  31. skippymom says:

    Indeed she is.

  32. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    Hahahahaha! I’m surprised 260Oakley didn’t come up with that.

  33. Fleurdamour says:

    Behind Whoo Eyes!

  34. Bashful says:

    It wasn’t “Take Your Owlet To Work Today?”

  35. And a woman needs a man, like an owlet needs a bicycle,
    When you’re trying to throw your arms around the world.

  36. My God, I’m in looooooove.

    Adam, you rock for taking these pics and for caring about the little fella’s panic. Had this happened to me I’m not sure I could have held it together as well. I think I’d be heading over to Lowe’s to find materials to build it’s new home…with me!

    Not the proper or wisest course of action. But there you go!

  37. Ya know… I think Roger Daltrey had a bike like this.

  38. victoreia says:

    Actually, I think that’s the Weasleys’ family owl, Errol. (He was getting on in years…..)

  39. amazing – i’m so jealous

  40. bookmonstercats says:

    Hovertext win, especially the second one.

  41. bookmonstercats says:

    I was just about to say…. but you got there first.

    …. lights the flame and sways, singing tunelessly…..

  42. bookmonstercats says:

    We wish.

  43. This baby owlet looks so wise. i feel hes looking deep into my soul

  44. 260Oakley says:

    Yep, you knocked me off my pedal-stal on this one. 😉

  45. Wait a minute… did anyone give that lil’ guy a Tootsie Pop ‘pop ???

  46. Becky, Bubba'smom says:

    He’s got Groucho brows. What a cutie.

  47. Fird Birfle says:

    Please to remember, Queen of Dork is one of our favorite peeps in this neighborhood. Hereabouts, being a dork is often considered
    “a GOOD thing” !!!!!

  48. Oh dear, I thought of all kinds of gas jokes. 😯

  49. Haha, thanks everyone! Your comments (groan-inducing puns included) have made my day. I had no idea this owl would be so well-loved 🙂

  50. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! *weeps with laughter*

  51. AFAIC, EVERY day is “Take Your Owlet to Work Day.”

  52. What about Cream? And their Disraeli Gears?

  53. Little one was only trying to be helpful by owling the brakes

  54. It’s a ‘Hungover Owl’! Since nocturnal owls in daylight look like we do in our post-college-finals I-even-drank-the-green-stuff-now-where-are-my-pants mornings-after, some genius started the website celebrating them:
    May I recommend April 28, 2011, and the shower of shame from July 27, 2010?
    warning: adult language, situations, and owl pellets in the making (July 26, 2010)

    foo-blargh should be in the OED

  55. In the mod lounge (settles into armchair, takes Cohiba from humidor, blows smoke into brandy snifter, ponders fate, mocks decor which includes poker-playing dogs and hang on it there cat poster. Turns to discover rows of rabbits, staring at me: CO version of CAT scan: a wall of disapproval! Returns stares with cool gaze and pure heart, sure that justice will be done as beads of sweat begin to dot my brow . . . .)

  56. I volunteer at a local wildlife rescue/rehab group here in California and can say from experience…those talons (and beak!!) are indeed sharp!!! We’re rehabbing a fledgeling great horned owl with a wounded wing with talons that almost pierce our big leather gloves (and a disposition to match). Granted, this is a smaller owl (eastern screech), but even they have super sharp pointy bits!

    Owl leave it at that…..

  57. kodalai says:

    He likes to ride it where he likes.

  58. Alice Shortcake says:

    I just checked my bike for owlets. Admittedly I keep it indoors so avian infestation is somewhat unlikely, but ya never know.

  59. bob drummond says:

    I totally agree.My weekend will be the richer for it!!!!!

  60. lurkingsmirk says:

    “BIKE OWL UPDATE: at the advice of some owl / bird rescue folks, we left him alone, and sure enough as soon as it started getting dark out he called (screeched, really) for his momma owl to come take care of him. For a while we actually had TWO owls on my bike! She kept him well fed, and this morning I spotted him hopping away towards a tree, so I think all’s well in his world.”

    Folks, what we have here is the very first picture of a Hipster Owl. After hanging around on a bike and getting his mom to take care of him, he probably slouched off to his job as a free trade coffee barista.

  61. And well you should apologize for making me laugh so many times! Hrmph. 😀

  62. This little fella looks like he’s about to sing “Drink to me only with thine eyes.” 😀

  63. Alice Shortcake says:

    You may have a point there, although a hardcore Hipster Owl wouldn’t be seen dead on anything other than a fixed gear bike.

  64. Fird Birfle says:

    I am presuming that you are a person, familiar with some bits of Monty Python???

    “sharp pointy bits” ….

  65. I think it is.

  66. Hey, he’s a little owl! Duh! 😀

  67. PS: He brightened up so many days! Thanks for sharing.

  68. “Death awaits you with big, sharp, nasty, pointy teeth!”
    Actually, that should probably go with the bunny posting! 😉

  69. I know, right?? My bike has a flat tire. I should check for talon marks and owl perp!!!

  70. Totally tubular!

  71. flutter-by says:

    Juvenowl delinquent starts at a young age checking out rides…

  72. Shannon says:

    OK – those mouse overs are the best ever. (Worst?)