Cricket Song Farm

Cricket Song Farm

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Owls


I  recently looked out the window of the little red house and this is what I saw.  The sun had faded the wood sufficiently to make this pair of owls visible.  I was honestly quite surprised and amazed that the boards created these two owls.  Six years ago we had purchased the boards at town, loading them into the trailer, then unloading them at the farm.  They were stacked awaiting time for us to build the purposed fence.  When we decided where we would be using the lumber, it was once again loaded on a trailer and re stacked on the east side of the house where the fence would be constructed.


Was it happenstance?
Or was it meant to be?

We have had many broods (parliament is the correct word for a group of owls) raised in the big trees surrounding the farm.  In the evenings the owls leave their nest and hunt for the plentiful mice we always seem to have.  I counted eight young owls 2 summers ago.  I recently took my grand-daughter for an owl hunt and sure enough there were 5 large horned owls sleeping in the trees. I guess a few of them didn't survive.  The first 2 years in an owls life is the most precarious. Owls don't reproduce until they are 2-3 years old so I am hoping to find several nests of them this summer. Owls usually occupy other large birds nest rather than building their own, hopefully they will run off some of the crows we have hanging around. Sometimes we are even fortunate enough to have several burrows of ground owls.

Some interesting facts about owls.

Some cultures believe the owl to be a bad omen, a messenger of doom. 
Other traditions and cultures have a positive view of the owl.
To the ancient Greeks the owl was a symbol of Athene who is goddess of foresight and knowledge, and a sign of good fortune.  
Some Native American Tradition views  people with an owl in their totem are adaptable and approach life in an easy-going manner.  They are artistic and adventurous, witty and flexible, sensitive and with a zest for life and can accomplish great things. They view the owl as a protector against harm, and that those who see owls should take the sighting as a sign to stand back from everyday life and turn inward for wisdom by listening to your inner voice. Others do not share this positive view.
Throughout  many cultures the symbolic meaning of owls deals with:  Intelligence, brilliance, wisdom, power, perspective, intuition, protection, quick-wit, independence and mystery.
 An owl is the Guardian of the after-life, a highly respected emblem.





I am in awe of the beautiful creatures and will think we have
"GOOD FORTUNE"
to have them living on our farm. 







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