These are photos of a Hoot Owl, also known as a Barred Owl.
I saw one of these today by a small stream that runs by our home. He flew up into a tree. He was grey and white with a wing span of over 3 feet. As he flew into the tree, he became almost invisible since his coloring blended in perfectly with the tree. He landed on a lower tree branch and snuggled close toward the trunk of the tree. As he did this, he turned his back toward me, then proceeded to turn his head around to look at me. He looked very similar to the photo on the right.Very cool.
I thought perhaps this sighting has a significance? Since this is only the second owl I have seen in my liletime.
I did some internet surfing (my addiction) and found this:
"Owls have inhabited our planet for the last 60 million years, and from this has come their wisdom and understanding, and their learning to adapt and survive, often in the face of adversity, as they have to stand their ground, sharing their territory with much larger Raptors like Eagles and Hawks, in this way the spirit of the owl will pass on to you the courage to "stand ones ground" and learn to adapt to our circumstances, and be wise in our decisions, and like the owls learn to have foresight and knowledge to use the gift wisely."