Eastern Screech Owl: Draw a Bird Day

eyes that penetrate
beyond fear

I had a dream awhile back about hearing a bird calling. Looking for the source, I found it was a tiny owl. It let me get up close to it, but when I tried to take its photo, it went into my daughter’s shirt pocket and hid. Of course I had to try to identify what this owl could be.

As with my hoopoe dream, I recognized it immediately when I saw photos. The Eastern Screech Owl is a robin-sized owl, and would easily fit into a pocket. They are common throughout eastern North America, and though they prefer woodlands, have adapted to living in both cities and suburbs. These owls do not build nests, but depend on tree holes that already exist, often those abandoned by woodpeckers. They will also use nest boxes. Active from dusk to dawn, they eat mostly insects and small rodents, but have been known to catch small fish, as well as frogs and lizards. They also eat other birds, as owls are prone to do.

Their call is unusual, more like a whinny than what I would associate with an owl. Definitely not a screech.

Owls are considered old souls, prophets, protectors, keepers of ancient wisdom. They are also associated with death. But as with the Death card in the tarot, death is never just an ending, but a beginning as well.

As to what my dream meant, I still haven’t puzzled it out.

I didn’t have time to paint an owl this week, but I did a third quick drawing without looking at the page. A good exercise which I should repeat more often.

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27 responses to “Eastern Screech Owl: Draw a Bird Day”

  1. WildChild47 says :

    Dream symbolism is interesting, but it can also drive one right round the bend when trying to figure it out! Sometimes, the best thing is, as suggested in your poem, is to Listen. Whatever needs must be passed on, message wise, will revel itself in synchronistic ways.

    Love the energy of your drawings – and “blind” drawing is such an amazing technique! I was always startled by what came up on the page – it’s very liberating too. Allows for the freedom of expression and creativity that naturally comes when we disconnect left and right brain.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks for your insights. I agree about dreams. Sometimes they accumulate and all of a sudden you get it. Other times you forget about them and then they show themselves again in a different light. But you can’t force it.

      It is liberating to let things happen without trying too much to control the result. We are way too results oriented a lot of the time. It’s good to be surprised by what you do.

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      • WildChild47 says :

        At any rate, you best know yourself and will figure out what you need, as it happens (regarding dreams).

        I really like your comment’s last line/thought – so very true! I think it’s refreshing and certainly serves as a good reminder to myself – because, if I’m honest, being extremely “results” oriented is what has stopped me from drawing/painting etc. for many years now, apart from other life things/choices as well. So thanks, I’m just going to sit what your idea/note – let it simmer and sink in.

        Hope you have a wonderful day and rest of the week. 🙂

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    I love the back story. I wonder what your daughter thinks about the dream.
    The exercise in drawing without looking at the page… though not a visual artist, I get it and am now thinking that’s what I need to do to be more productive as a literary artist.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks D. She loves owls, so she was very pleased that one hid in her pocket, even if only in a dream.
      I did see an exercise where you look away from the screen and just type quickly whatever comes into your mind. I didn’t try it, but it sounds similar as an idea to stop yourself from trying to control everything.

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe this little owl is so expressive. He surely has a message for you and it might be as simple as you connecting to his spirit through your drawing. You have such a wonderful gift. Wisdom oozes from the owl in your drawing. What a lovely character. ❤️🦉

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  4. Ingrid says :

    A pocket-sized owl sounds delightful! I love the drawings 😊

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  5. merrildsmith says :

    I love your drawings (and your dream). I had to look up the sounds they make–sort of a whinny and also a tremolo sort of song. Haunting.

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  6. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    The owl is looking so cute, Marta and a nice dream you had. You are very talented.

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  7. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I am amazed you managed to draw an owl without looking at the page, Kerfe. I love owls.

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  8. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    I love your characterization of that call as a whinny! When I first heard it in our neighborhood and identified it (thanks to YouTube) I was enchanted. But oh, the “listening eyes”, especially as you’ve illustrated them, is the best!

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  9. Freya Pickard Author says :

    What profound dreams you have! I know I often dream vividly, but I very rarely recall what I’ve dreamt about on waking…

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Harshi says :

    What a wonderful post. Loved it!

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