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Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:40 am

I think I posted a photo of this little squirt awhile back. This little Screech Owl lives in my side yard. The other day when my little dog and I stepped out back to play we must have disturbed the owl. Anyway he gave us a sort of disgusted look. :)

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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:26 am

Great pic Ironwood. :thumbsup:
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:10 am

Thank you Quigley.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby trapperb » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:05 am

Cool photo! Always love to see those little guys and to hear them eeeeeeeiiiiiiiiieeee! :ylsuper: :ylsuper:
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby gtk » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:47 am

i missed this post somewhow.. Very neat pics ironwood!
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Honey Bee » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:13 pm

Great pic Ironwood
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:56 am

Thanks everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed the photo. Ol' owl has gone missing for two or three days at a time lately. I guess he must be out looking for a girlfriend. :)
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby gtk » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:58 am

anybody heard all the old timers saying about screech owls? jbullard should be able to name off several..

Like "if you hear a screech owl three times, death is close by"
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby FC » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:40 pm

never heard that or any owl lore that I can remember ... share some more
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby gtk » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:45 pm

some stuff i got off the web..
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To see one by day is unlucky and to experience one flying around the house at night signals that death is present, which is thought to stem back to Roman times when the historian 'Pliny' in AD 77 was quoted as saying the bird was 'most execrable and accursed' and always brought bad news. Should an owl brush its wings against a window pain or be seen perching for a considerable length of time on a roof then it is traditionally believed that illness and even death is present within. To look into an owl's nest is reputed to leave the observer with a sad and morose soul. According to an old Welsh tradition if you hear an owl hooting amongst a densely built up area then a female in the locality is said to have just lost her virginity! To hear the hoot of the owl when pregnant, it is traditionally believed in France, means that the baby will be a girl. In Germany if one is heard as a child is being born then the life will be an unhappy one. In the Southern states of America an old traditional rhyme tells of the cry of the owl:

'When you hear the screech owl, honey, in the sweet gum tree,
It's a sign as sure as you're born a death is bound to be;
Unless you put the shovel in the fire mighty quick,
For to conjure that old screech owl, take care the one that's sick.'

A dead owl has served many purposes including mixing some of the flesh with boar's grease as an ointment to ease the pain of gout. Owl broth was once used to feed children to avoid whooping cough according to British tradition, perhaps because the owl itself never suffered in pain when making a similar sound. The eggs were also once thought to help prevent epilepsy, bad sight (for obvious reasons) and more amusingly to bring drunks back to their senses.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby gtk » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:47 pm

-- If an owl lands on the roof of your house, it is an omen of death. Constant hooting near your house also foretells death.

-- If an owl hoots at the moment of childbirth, the child will have an unhappy life.

-- The Irish believe that if an owl flies into a house it must be killed immediately. If it escapes, it will take the luck of the house with it.

-- If an owl nests in an abandoned house, then the dwelling must be haunted. An owl is the only creature who can abide a ghost.

-- By eating salted owl, a person can be cured of gout.

-- If an owl hoots during a burial service, the deceased is bound to rise from the grave and haunt the living.

-- An owl living in the attic of a house will cause a pregnant woman to miscarry.

-- If a pregnant woman hears the shriek of an owl, her child will be a girl.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:41 pm

Well now...when I was growing up, which was some time ago, only good things were said about owls. We always associated owls with good luck. One I remember very well. When fishing and you hear an owl hoot it means you have some fish on your lines. The more hoots the more fish.

This little ol' owl has brought us nothing but happiness. I enjoy watching him sit up there keeping an eye on the squirrels and birds that come into the yard. He's really not much bigger than your fist, but carries himself like he was a 20 pounder. I enjoy hearing them talk to each other on warm nights.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby FireCloud » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:48 pm

I have at least two owls here on my land who I hear nearly very often and have for the past 3 years. None of the superstitious things have happened here yet! (Knock on wood! ha ha.)

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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:46 pm

Wow! Didn't realize it had been so long since I last visited this forum. Anyway I thought I would give y'all an update on Al the Screech Owl. Not to long after I posted this photo ol' Al left and hasn't returned. Hopefully he found himself a girlfriend and has set up housekeeping nearby.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Kshollywood » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:50 pm

Awesome pic
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby jv » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:39 am

I must have missed this one too...great picture.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:22 am

Thank you KsHollywood and JV. Glad y'all enjoyed the photo.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby terry08 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:05 am

Love the Screech Owl Ironwood. Great photo
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:44 pm

Thank you Terry... glad you enjoyed the photo. I've sort of missed ol' Al. It was kind of nice to look out the back door and see him sitting up there. Usually he was asleep. :)
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby buckcrazy » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:03 pm

Awesome pic!
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby EddyBo » Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:05 am

Great pic
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby terry08 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:53 pm

Fantastic Picture....

The feathers are blurred, and a little out of focus. But it really draws your attention to those fantastic eyes. I don't know if you composed it this way, or it just happened. Either way it is one great shot.
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Re: Another Screech Owl Photo

Postby Ironwood » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:32 pm

Thank you Buckcrazy and EddyBo. Glad you liked the photo.

Terry, that's kind of how it came out of the camera. I did have to crop it and reduce it for the forum. I'd have to go back and find the original to give you more information.
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