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Owls in the Rain

So last night lurkingwombat was driving me home at 2am, going by the usual backroads route. We come around a corner and see and owl sitting calmly in the middle of the road. It swivels its head toward us as he slows down, stares a minute, then flies off. I haven't seen an owl since we took care of a little pygmy one long ago when I lived in Prince Rupert--it was stunned and we kept it overnight, it was fine the next day. This one couldn't have cared less about the car, and we were chattering with excitement when it flew off. I believe it was  a young Great Horned Owl, since its feathers were fairly dark, or the Northern Hawk Owl that was seen south of town. At any rate now I am wondering about why we saw it, omens and all. My brother tells me he saw 3 owls shortly before his father passed, and I know it features in Haida culture, among many others worldwide as a bridge between this world and the next. Still, it was a lovely sight, and we felt blessed to come upon it:)


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Mar. 17th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
There is something about wildlife encounters that are just so thrilling. We live in an area where you wouldn't expect to see more than your average raccoon, but one day my son was coming in the house and he stepped down right outside the door, felt something softish and quickly lifted his foot to see a feathered beast laying there. We thought the cats had brought us a random gift of crow or soemthing at first, then I realized it was an owl, and it was alive. We put it in a cat crate, and it recovered rather quickly. I guess it knocked itself out when it flew into our screen door (which happened to have glass in place of the screen). It was so cool looking. When it got dark out I took the crate out on our deck, opened the door and watched our little owl friend take off into the night. Such a thrill! :)
Mar. 17th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
It is isn't it? And when you take care of one briefly, seeing them that close is just a whole other experience:)
Mar. 17th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Wow! For some reason I didn't think we had actual owls around here. Cool!
Mar. 17th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
It was rather:)
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