The other night, while I was locking up my hen-house at roughly 7 p.m. (to keep the three chickens and three pet doves warm for the night) I heard a hoot-owl. His repetitive "Hoo-hoo-hoooooooo" was very loud and I realized he had to be somewhere in my yard; a 1/3 acre plot that I've been painstakingly caring for since buying this home nearly 4 years ago.
In fact, I have been gradually rescuing more and more native plants from the Puget Sound Region: foliage that would otherwise have been bulldozed, since forested plots have been designated as development sites. Replanting such (with permission) in my own yard means I'm attracting more wildlife inside my 6 feet-tall cedar fence. Animals in the form of frogs, birds, squirrels, etc. continue to visit me.
The hoot-owl's visit was different, however. I had not heard such an owl's call for more than a few years and this was the first time I heard of one on my own property. Since the sky was black, I could not see him, but I could place the sound as coming from either the top of my house or from the fir tree in my front yard.
Considering the wisdom of totem animals, I decided to do a little reasearch and learned: "The owl is the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom." To read more on this topic, please see: http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/owl.htm
Here's a fascinating web-page on the various hoot owl sounds: http://www.owlpages.com/sounds.php. (You don't have to download anything to hit the "play" button).
WHAT SORT OF TOTEM ANIMAL EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD LATELY? (Please comment)
A new page in my life ...
4 years ago