[CT Birds] Great Horned Owl

Lorraine Gundersen raineg at comcast.net
Wed Jan 27 10:42:37 EST 2010

  1-27-10 - Guilford  - Heard only, Great Horned Owl
> The call of the Great Horned Owl has become a familiar sound at our  
> house this time of year. When the children were little they would be  
> frighten by the deep, lonely sound. When these occasions came about  
> I would tell them stories of how the owl was talking to all the  
> woodland creatures. How he guarded our home so nothing could harm  
> them. Before I could finish my tale they would be fast asleep.  
> Before long when they heard the Great Horned they no longer needed  
> me to banish their fears. In retrospect I guess it was a bitter  
> sweet result. I got more sleep but another apron string had been cut.
> The children are grown now and the last two years there have been no  
> owl calls. For whatever the reason this wonderful bird had left our  
> area. My biggest fear was the extensive building that was taking  
> place and I wondered what other bird might never grace my yard  
> again. Last night as I drifted someplace between dreams I head in  
> the stillness of the late hours a noise demanding my attention.   
> Laying in the darkness I wondered what had rallied me from my  
> slumber and just then I heard it. That regal call I didn't no how  
> much I missed. I just listened.... smiling to myself.... remembering  
> the sound of little feet, the tug of my blanket and that small voice  
> asking "Mommy what's that?"

Good Birding to All...

Lorraine Gundersen
Guilford, CT

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