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In early Rome a dead Owl nailed to the door of a house averted all evil that it supposedly had earlier caused. To hear the hoot of an Owl presaged imminent death. The deaths of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Commodus Aurelius, and Agrippa were apparently all predicted by an Owl.
Another Roman superstition was that witches transformed into Owls, and sucked the blood of babies.
In Roman Mythology, Proserpine (Persephone) was transported to the underworld against her will by Pluto (Hades), god of the underworld, and was to be allowed to return to her mother Ceres (Demeter), goddess of agriculture, providing she ate nothing while in the underworld. Ascalpus, however, saw her picking a pomegranate, and told what he had seen. He was turned into an Owl for his trouble - "a sluggish Screech Owl, a loathsome bird." (Names in brackets indicate the Greek names for the same Gods)
Folklore surrounding the Barn Owl is better recorded than for most other Owls. In English literature the Barn Owl had a sinister reputation probably because it was a bird of darkness, and darkness was always associated with death. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the poets Robert Blair and William Wordsworth used the Barn Owl as their favourite "bird of doom." During that same period many people believed that the screech or call of an Owl flying past the window of a sick person meant imminent death.
The Barn Owl has also been used to predict the weather by people in England. A screeching Owl meant cold weather or a storm was coming. If heard during foul weather a change in the weather was at hand.
Originally posted by fourthmeal
First thing that came to mind after I read the thread heading was,
"I wonder if owls gossip as much as humans when they make a call to each other.
On that note.. Im almost on my 5th decade of life.. and Im trying to catch this crow...
Originally posted by Spiramirabilis
reply to post by LadyGreenEyes
I am not at all certain of the species, though I don't think they are great horned owls.
(We raised a young one for release when I was a kid - off the record - courtesy of F&W)
Nice recordings, but not like what we have here. Plus, these don't have the large "ears" that horned owls do. Pretty familiar with them, and yeah, they can be here.
Sounds like fun, raising one.