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Monday, April 15, 2013

Owls

Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night, I found myself thinking, "you know what would make a really good blog post? Owls. I should write about owls."

I am so glad I can't dictate in my sleep and publish these "what was I thinking" blog posts. When I woke up I found myself wondering what I thought was so interesting about owls! What was I even going to say?

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But anyway, like I was saying about owls, what is up with them!?

I saw an owl in real life once, in the wild, and it was a complete shocker. Have you ever stumbled upon an owl, unexpectedly? They are weird looking. The one I saw looked like this, only taller:


I gasped when I saw it, then I slowly backed away. I did not like the looks of it. It was MUCH bigger than I would have expected it to be. In my memory it was about three feet tall, though that can't be right. I don't know why it scared me so much sitting there on that branch. It just wasn't what I expected. Maybe because it wasn't one of the four owls I'm used to. Namely:


1. The hipster owl. I don't know why, but hipsters or wanna-be hipsters are obsessed with owls. Maybe because owls are too cool for school.

2. The wise owl. The owl I saw was not wearing glasses or a graduation cap. It wasn't natural.

3. The craft owls. Pinterest is full of owl tutorials. I'm on board with these. 100%.

4. The owl who's constantly showing off how he or she can turn their heads all the way around. The owl I saw was stationary. We ALL know owls are insanely braggy about their necks.

Up until that night when I saw the owl in the wild, I only knew about these four categories.  I never expected to see one sitting in a tree, just staring at me.

Have you ever seen an owl in the wild? Did it freak you out?

10 comments:

Savd said...

Great post! I hear one in the backyard woodsy area behind my parents' place...and I've seen it fly through the branches. Can't believe something that large can duck and weave through a dark forest, but there it was!

Wee Sisters Three said...

You forgot Owl from Winnie the Pooh. For shame.

Elizabeth Downie said...

I thought about specifically mentioning the Owl from winnie the pooh, but I think he's covered in number 2 - the wise owl :)

)en said...

Owls are totally eerie, but in a super cool way. You're right, they are too cool for school. Also, don't forget about Hedwig or mail-delivery owls in general.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Ahh! I totally forgot about mail delivery owls! Dang! Good call.

lizzie mc.- said...

Come to Pampa. This fall when we moved here there were several in the middle of the street collecting mice and or bugs. (It was near a grainery and between a few fields, lest you think it was in the street. And then just recently in the middle of town one was roosting on the flag pole next to the city water dept. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.595760643769499.1073741842.170101603002074&type=1 Apparently they had owlets. And lastly, I just still get tickled by this http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/3069435/Owlet-+Moist+Owlet/

Peter Shirts said...

You should check out the owls at the Leslie Science Center, as I see you desire more up-close-and-personal experiences.

violet50 said...

This makes me think of the owl "pellets" that they made the students dissect to find skeletons of field mice. ugh. But I did see an owl once and thought it was cool. Just too cool....

Sara said...

I went on an owl walk in the woods at night once, but we didn't see or hear an owl. It was like zero degrees, which is mainly what I remember. Still a good time.

Katherine said...

Hee Heee!!! Love this post. It's the best. I'll admit, I like owls, owl crafts, wise owls, Hedwig, Owl from W-the-P, and especially the Tootsie Pop owl. HOW MANY LICKS ARE THERE??? TELL ME!!! Sorry. I get passionate about Tootsie Pops apparently. And owls.