I have never seen an owl in the wild. I have heard them though, that distinctive hoo, hoo, hoo. They have been on my mind of late because of family and friends. As I worked with a colleague on her daughter’s nursery one day, she shared her fondness for the winged creatures. So ever since then, for her, I have kept an eye open for small owlish things that can be shared by mother and child. Sometimes I keep the items for myself like the above postcard tucked in an alcove. While my brother and I do not share a love of owls, we do share a love for the movie, The Secret of NIMH.
I purchased the movie recently to share with a young friend. I had not realized how much of the story I had forgotten. As my friend and I perched on the couch, mesmerized by the story and the jewel-colored artwork, I was surprised with great joy — and my young friend with a bit of fear — as a magnificent Great Owl strode across the screen, his mammoth claws cracking the remains of past dinners, bones in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Such sights do make me wonder if this small bone I found in the woods was left by hawk or owl.
I’m not an especially nocturnal person which is probably why my path does not cross that of the owls and vice versa. According to Massachusetts Audubon though they are everywhere across my state. We’ll see what the future holds, especially as daylight saving time soon ends and I find myself out at dusk. I just hope I have my camera ready so that I may eventually share some images with you. Meanwhile, here are just a few of the many online sites that already contain wonderful images and information: