Since I have become interested in feeding and watching birds in our yard I have seen many different species. In the early morning and evening hours the owls vocalize. I know they are out there, yet I have never seen one. Our property is surrounded on three sides by wooded landscape. The many trees surely house these nocturnal birds. Since the Short Eared Owl and Snowy Owl are not nocturnal I thought I might have a better chance of spotting one of them. Snowy Owls were all over the Northeast this year, New York State included, but did I see even one? The answer would be “no.”
So an owl sighting of any species still remains on my bucket list. I suppose I could go to a sanctuary and see one, but I prefer that my owl just show up along with all the other birds I have had the joy of witnessing. In the meantime, working on a collage with owl images will have to satisfy me. In keeping with the theme of bird adages to inspire my imagery, the obvious “Wise As An Owl” was an easy find. Apparently the owl is not necessarily a more intelligent bird, but has enjoyed the label since it has long been associated with Greek mythology. A little owl traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva in Roman mythology. The bird is often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” and has been used as a symbol of knowledge and wisdom throughout the Western world. Choosing to leave Athena and Minerva out of the picture, I have titled my collage (no surprise) “Wise As Many Owls.” There are many owls in my home. They also help me to be patient in my quest to see a real owl someday.