[CT Birds] Great Horned Owl
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?"
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