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Old September 9th, 2015, 02:39 PM   #11

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I Talk With the Moon.

I talk with
the moon, said the owl
While she lingers over my tree
I talk with the
moon, said the owl
And the night belongs to me.
I talk with the sun, said
the wren
As soon as he starts to shine
I talk with the sun, said the
wren
And the day is mine.
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Old September 9th, 2015, 02:51 PM   #12

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One reason for owls getting a special reputation is of course their nightly behaviour and their hooting during darks hours. Back home, one can hear tawny owls in the woods during spring.

Eagle owl much more seldom, and in special places, such as cliffs and quarries. It is indeed an impressive bird, not hesitating to strike on fairly large preys like foxes or other birds of prey.
There are owls that do not hoot, but rather screech (the little Screech Owl), and some even "bark."

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But what about the pussycat?
Oh, it was a while back, sometime in the mid or late 1990s, but I had read some Native Americans saw the owl as a flying cat. That was something to do with animal totems, but I have not read anything on that spiritual subject in a couple decades. A friend had the owl as her animal guide, but she always thought it would be the cat -- and then found out this about the owl and cat and felt that fit perfectly.

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The Egyptian hieroglyph of the owl presents a curiosity: it's a bird not showing the profile, but its entire face [quite rare among hieroglyphs related to birds].

To be more accurate the face looks at you, the body shows its profile, as usual.

The phonetic value is "m" and it's used in "mm" and "m(i)" [verb "to give", imperative].

There is a possibility that also in Ancient Egypt they considered the owl a problem about misfortune [mummies of owl have usually got the head separated from the body, beheaded ...], the reference made to the verb "hsk" - to cut the neck to a bird - is not that certain, it's argument of philological discussion.
Very interesting, this beheading the mummified owl. It is a powerful creature, both in nature as a top predator and also in the human psyche.
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Old September 9th, 2015, 02:58 PM   #13

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The Great Horned Owl. This beautiful owl, well, actually a few of them, accosted me as I was doing the volunteer work one night feeding the injured raptors. It is something to have these beasts swooping down at your head in the dark!

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Old September 9th, 2015, 03:38 PM   #14

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I recall from Berlin in the late 1950s a family of Steinkautz (Little Owl?) were raised up in the old brick building that served as our barracks (U.S. Army Hospital Berlin). I always regretted my not photographing them.
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Old September 9th, 2015, 03:44 PM   #15

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On both the Snowy Owl and the Great Horned Owl images I posted, I see the four talons. There are two in the front, one in the rear, and the fourth talon can be used to grip either with the front two talons or rear one. What a great design.
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I remember seeing a great flock of black birds attempting to drive off a great horned owl that was eating their young or taking the eggs. The owl was persistent and was amazingly acrobatic in the air- more than the crows trying to drive it off. Lasted about 20 minutes or maybe longer but it was too dark to see.

Probably the biggest scare of my life came when I was out hiking past dusk when I was about 13 and heard some coyotes howling further down the valley I was hiking in- just up ahead beside the trail I saw a stump that sort of looked like a big woman sitting on a log and I was laughing to myself about being startled when suddenly the head turned and looked right at me and then gave a very loud scream/screech. Luckily the owl lifted its wings and took off directly or I might have ran the other way and possibly hurt myself in the dark.
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Great story, Ichon. That would be a bit unnerving. Some of these owls are big, and others are very small, like this Western Screech Owl:

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When they are in flight, they sound like a hawk. If it pleases them
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Old September 9th, 2015, 04:10 PM   #19

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I found that image of the Western Screech Owl from this website, which seems like a great place for information on North and Central American owls:

Owling.com - Photos, calls and info on N & C Amer Owls

Perhaps if anyone is interested in identifying any nearby owls over here (US, Canada, Mexico, Central America), this site may be of assistance. On the website are links to dozens of owls organized by location (Central America, North America). It looks pretty neat, but I just found the site and will spend some time looking around.
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Owls are spooky but wonderful birds; that is why we must befriend them. Seeing or hearing them in the wild is a special treat.
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