A Parliament of Owls

 

 

In the palaeolithic caves of southern France the remains of snowy owls have been found, showing signs not of butchery, but preservation.  In the Grotte Chauvet in the Ardèche region, there is a carving of an owl. It seems we have always been entranced by these birds. Harbingers of death, night creatures on eerily silent wings, associated with moonlight and darkness and cries in the churchyard but also bringers of wisdom, sacred to Athena, beautiful and otherworldly.

Tawny Owl

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Tawny Owl is one of the most thoroughly nocturnal species. It inhabits woods, old gardens or farmland. It has classic owl features with a rounded head, large dark eyes and a hooked beak. It is responsible for the most commonly heard owl sound, the nocturnal 'twit twoo' call.