Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Owl's Well

There was no corpse so he must have got away with it - feeling a little foolish no doubt
Sheila spotted it first and thought Pat will have to get the window cleaner again, but when the sun shone she saw the clear imprint of an owl - wings outstretched - the head shape and blank holes where the eyes and feet would be.
It's not the Milan Shroud but we were pretty excited. I usually leave the curtains open in the evening. Why would he fly towards a light? We often hear him but so far no sighting. This is the best the camera will do - so much better in the flesh.

Then nightly sings the staring owl Tu who; Tuwhit, tu who - a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
Love's Labour's Lost.




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23 comments:

Scarlet Blue said...

That's very spooky! The middle one is the best for enlarging.. but then it looks more like a parrot!
SX

Guyana-Gyal said...

He's trying to say, "Owlo, 'ow you'll all doin'?"

I like owls. I thought I was the only one, but I met a girl from Moscow who likes them too. And my cousin Yasmeen. And my Irish "auntie".

rashbre said...

...or said "D'ohwl I'm a Twit" after hitting the glass.

We have a similarly minded pigeon around here that goes for the kitchen door.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

what an incredible experience, pat - you know, the owl is known as the messenger totem to us humans - importing wisdom/knowledge of some sort - and is associated with athena - it would be great to know which variety owl your little messenger is - anyway, a very extraordinary thing, your little feathered friend attempting to come inside - and what fantastic photos of him/her - so glad you had your camera ready for us!

Eryl said...

He must have really whacked into it to leave that impression, astonishing. How will you be able to have that window cleaned again?

Ponita in Real Life said...

Isn't it cool how feather dust can leave such a clear imprint? When I lived on the farm, we'd have birds fly into the front window all the time. But usually only the dark eyed Juncos. For some reason, they were the only ones who could see the window... Some made it, some didn't.

I hope the owl did.

john.g. said...

We had a male Sparrowhawk hit our conservatory window some years ago,sadly,it died in my hands!

R. Sherman said...

Before long, the animal rights activists will be marching for laws against washing windows.

Cheers.

keiths ramblings said...

That's a little creepy! I've often wondered why moths are attracted to light. If they went out in the daytime they wouldn't need to flutter round lamp posts!

Pat said...

Scarlet: it's such a shame that the other wing is invisible in the photo yet clear a day on the window.

GG: one couldn't not like owls I think.
Sad if he was just trying to be friendly.

Rashbre our last pigeon came down the chhimney - and survived. Not a barrel of laughs.

Gypsywoman: I like to think of him bringing a message.. What could it be? And from whom I wonder?

Eryl: we were wondering tonight if there was any way we could retain it for posterity. It would need a very steady hand - and what instrument?

Ponita: you are so handy to have around. I've never heard of a dark eyed Junco. And I wondered why there was such a powdery effect. Nursing and farm lore. You're a star.

John.g: did you cry?

Randall: I might just take advantage of that:)

Keiths rammblings: I'm drawing the curtains now. Next time it might not survive.

Macy said...

I'm finding this spooky.
But this might be because I never did recover from watching The Birds at an early and impressionable age...

Dandelion said...

Well, Pat, you are not alone. Did you see this, a few weeks ago?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-14111152

kenju said...

Hmmmmm.

I saw our resident hawk in the front yard today, but by the time I grabbed the camera, there wasn't time to focus before he flew away.

lom said...

Poor thing, there was one on the news a few weeks ago that looked like it had been painted on the glass.

Pat said...

Macy: I don't understand why people find it spooky - unless it is meant to be a harbinger of catastrophe and I'm sure Gypsywoman would know.
I think of it as a feathered friend just saying 'Hi! Oooops!'

Dandelion: that is extraordinary. Puts mine to shame. Thank you so much.

Judy: it was ever thus:)

LOM: thanks to Dandelion I have seen it. Fantastic.

Granny Annie said...

Your photos and the photo in the following post are amazing. I never knew about powder dust on Owls. The imprints look etched on the glass. That kind of "sign" to the Oklahoma Indians would cause panic. Around these parts and owl is a harbinger of death. (It definitely is for my chickens!)

Pat said...

Granny Annie: I refuse to be spooked by the owl. I'm not an Indian or a chicken and I'm not going to panic. We are going to be fine. MTL hasjust had results of two blood tests. Both normal.

Mike and Ann said...

A few years ago at our previous home we had this happen regularly (usually it was collared doves). We had a long sitting room with a window at each end. I think what was happening was that the birds saw this as a tunnel - from light - to light, and tried to fly through it. Could this be so in your case? When a smaller bird, a blue tit I think, tried it (only happened once) I'm sorry to report that it broke its neck. The bigger ones always got away with it.

Pat said...

Mike and Ann: we've had this happen with blackbirds in the sun room which has three glass walls but in the family room there is just the fireplace wall facing the window. I don't know if the moon has anything to do with it but we have recently had a bright, brilliant moon.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My, Oh My...I hope he is alright...I LOVE Owls!

I commented over at Judy's and felt really badly for The Chickens---Then, I saw your comment....
I'm so glad we are on the same psge about this, too, Pat...

And I have a new post up, my dear...!

Pat said...

Mike and Ann: just realised there is a mirror on the facing wall, that could be the answer.

Naaomi: I'll be over soon.

Sunrooms Northern Ireland said...

@Pat: It really made me think of what is in the photo. Until I read your comment. And I noticed, yes there is a mirror.

Pat said...

Sunrooms:that does explain it - to me anyway.