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Owl Symbolism: What Does It Mean When You See an Owl?

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Owl symbolism varies drastically depending on where you come from. Here is an in-depth look at different interpretations of owl symbolism around the world.

Owl symbolism varies drastically depending on where you come from. Here is an in-depth look at different interpretations of owl symbolism around the world.

The mysterious, beautiful owl is a bird worth studying. It flies by night and has an uncanny ability to capture prey. But because these birds are night-fliers, humans have often feared them. Many societies and cultures associate them with darkness, negativity, and mystery while others associate them with wisdom and prophecy.

What Does It Mean When You See or Hear an Owl?

  • Owl sightings and calls can be either a blessing or a bad omen. Pay attention to what happens immediately after you see or hear the owl. If something good happens, then the sighting portends good fortune. If something negative happens, then the sighting presages bad news, including illness.
  • The ancient Welsh associated owls with fertility. If a pregnant woman heard an owl hoot, then it was believed that she would have an easy labor.
  • Ancient Greeks, and the Romans for that matter, associated owls with the goddess Athena, wisdom, and prophecy.
  • Ancient Christians saw owls as a sign of evil and linked them with Lilith, Adam's first, disobedient wife.
A snowy owl in flight. Owls are most frequently seen at night, although some species are active during the day.

A snowy owl in flight. Owls are most frequently seen at night, although some species are active during the day.

Owls are most often seen and heard during the night because they are nocturnal. However, some owls, such as the pygmy owl, are active at twilight. And if you see or hear an owl during the day, it means that you are likely encountering a diurnal owl that sleeps at night just like we do; two such owls are the burrowing owl and the short-eared owl.

I really like owls, so I painted this owl a couple of years ago. It's acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16".

I really like owls, so I painted this owl a couple of years ago. It's acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16".

Greek and Roman Owl Lore

Owls are birds of the night—generally speaking. Because of this fact, they have been associated with the moon, the night, and even the feminine.

  • The ancient Greeks revered the goddess Athena, who was supposed to be the goddess of wisdom and guardian of the Acropolis. Her symbol was the owl, so the bird became a symbol of a higher wisdom. The owl was a bird of prophecy and wisdom in many ancient cultures.
  • The ancient Romans thought that a feather from an owl would help you find out the secrets of a sleeping person.
For different Native American cultures, the owl represented different things.

For different Native American cultures, the owl represented different things.

What Do Owls Symbolize in Native American Culture?

According to some Native American cultures, every person has an animal designation, which is determined by the time of year that you were born. In this tradition, the owl is the animal symbol for people born between November 23 and December 21.

Ted Andrews, the author of Animal Speak, says that Native American groups have differing views of the owl. While the Pawnee thought of the owl as a symbol of protection, the Ojibwa saw it as an omen of death or evil. He goes on to say that in Pueblo culture, there was a god called the Skeleton Man. He was a god of death but, conversely, also a spirit of fertility. The owl was associated with this god.

Indeed, you will find that different Native American cultures regard the owl with negative, neutral, and positive associations. Some see the owl as one who is allied with bad spirits and bad people. Its presence can help a person to develop negative psychic powers to use against others for selfish reasons.

Some people can even use those psychic powers to control others. We all know those "controlling" people. They might have an owl in their totem!

What Does It Mean to Have an Owl in Your Totem?

According to Native American tradition, people with an owl in their totem are also said to be adaptable and approach life in an easy-going manner. They are often artistic and adventurous. Witty and flexible, sensitive and with a zest for life, these folks can accomplish great things. Conversely, they can get a bit self-absorbed and can hold grudges.

Do you think you have an owl in your totem? Ask yourself whether the owl has special meaning to you. Are you especially attracted to or afraid of them? Do you see them more often than other people who live nearby? If so, then owls might among your spirit guides.

Facts About Owls You Don't Already Know

  • Owls have large eyes to facilitate navigation in complete darkness. Their eyes are specially adapted to easily detect movement and see any changes in light levels.
  • They blink like humans do, but they also have a "third eyelid." This third eyelid sweeps from side to side to help clean and lubricate their eyes, which can’t move. Instead of looking around by changing the direction of their gazes, like we can, they must use their necks to move their entire heads to face the direction they want to see. While they can’t turn their heads 360°, they can turn them quite far in search of a sound or object.
  • Their ears don’t sit evenly on their heads. In fact, one is often noticeably larger than the other. This is so each ear can hear a different area and thus help owls sort and identify sounds more easily.
  • There are over 100 species of owls, and many live near human settlements. This is due to the fact that rodents, a key part of owls' diets, also take up residence near human activity.
  • Some species of owls are endangered. This is because they are suffering a loss of habitat. People also hunt and kill them in the mistaken belief that they are “pests.” However, the hunting ability of owls actually helps exterminate rodents. Barn owls can catch 10 times as many rodents as a cat can in a single night. And owls feeding young owlets can catch significantly more than that. Owls definitely have a place and an important role to play in the ecosystem.

Owl Nesting Habits

  • Owls have mating habits similar to other birds. They generally live alone, but they will seek each other out when it’s time to breed. The female will only mate with a male she truly trusts.
  • Barn owls will form a bond with a mate for life. Other owls will stay together long enough to see the owlets leave the "nest."
  • Owls don’t make their own nests. They find nests made by other birds or other safe havens like forks in trees.
  • Males are typically charged with hunting prey for their young. Generally, the female will stay with the eggs and owlets while the male bird will hunt for food and bring it back. An owl that’s helping to feed young will kill dozens of mice, rodents, and other prey in just one night. Talk about efficient predators!

Why Are Owls So Quiet?

Owls can fly in complete silence, capturing and eating their prey before the prey has any idea of what’s happened. This silent flight is made possible by their soft and fringe-like wings and the fact that their wings are quite large relative to their bodies.

Once an owl captures its prey, it swallows it headfirst and whole. The owl's body digests and uses everything except the bones, fur, and teeth of the prey. Then, the owl eliminates the unusable parts as pellets.

This little owl sculpture decorates my living room.  I found it at a garage sale.

This little owl sculpture decorates my living room. I found it at a garage sale.


  • Animal Speak. Andrews, Ted. Llewellyn Publications: MN. 2002.
  • Spirits of the Earth. Lake-Thom, Bobby. Penguin Group: NY. 1997.
  • Native American Animal Symbols, retrieved 8/5/2012.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun


Ricardo tapia on September 17, 2020:

I just seen a owl fly in front of my car while driving I’m curious if it’s good fortune or if something bad is going to happen tmrw my mom will maybe have to go in to surgery someone please help?

Nancy G on August 23, 2020:

I see owls everywhere not sure to think since I come from a Hispanic family. That’s bad luck, Bad luck, sign or something end up happening in sickness to your love ones. One flew last night right on my side of my drivers window that when I was driving it was very noticeable and big.

Amber on August 18, 2020:

I seen a owel for the first time women that mean

Crystal C on June 23, 2020:

Cheryl Hardy,

sounds to be a barred owl we have lots of them the fledglings will come out all day and later in the day and believe it or not they do come out during the day , but yes it's probably some kind of disruptive or aggravatingn going on with them building

Cheryl Hardy on May 05, 2020:

I was looking out my window about 6am this morning I seen this huge bird with wide wing span fly close to my house almost hitting it. I had no idea what it was. I waited. This huge brown and white owl flew by and went onto this tree across my road. I had people up the hill from me knocking down trees and redoing there house and yard could they have disturb an nest plus I have bird feeders outside my house. I find it really odd to have a owl out in the daytime.

J.Mogaka on April 26, 2020:

Today in the morning I saw a an owl at the window of a new house, which was not finished to be build yet....what does it mean? is it a bad sign, & the owl was brown in colour.

'Thanks for reading'

Ruby on April 25, 2020:

I had a big all white owl on my fence every night and when my ex and I were laying down on the ground two all white big owls flu over us... what a beautiful sighting it was. I felt a calmness but I also became very ill and had cancer which had been cured Since 2009 and well nothing but bad had followed me for years after that, but I don’t contribute that to the owls at all I really know nothing about them.

Rosalee Estrada on April 04, 2020:

I want to know the meaning of brown owls flying in front of the car you where in

Vinithakumaran. on March 31, 2020:

We moved to an apartment in california. There was an owl standing in a balcony most of the time, almost for a month. That was small. It came in daytime. I didn't see at night.

And then after 5 years we bought a house and moved. There also the same owl but this time it was so big enough. I never seen such a very big owl. It came in daytime everyday almost a month. We had very good life.

Later we moved to a single family house. No sign of owl. The problem started for us. It was a bad sign in our culture if we see an owl or hear an owl sound. But we had a great life when we saw an owl. Now i realized how much this owl protected us. Everyday i wait for an owl to come. So that our problems would end.

Marichu Diaz on March 21, 2020:

I saw a flock of Owls in Marene Ptovince of Cuneo Italy last December 2019.I was amazed

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on February 27, 2020:

I hardly hear the owls a night outside my window anymore. There is something new in the past 6 to 8 months. A family of Coyotes are barking and yipping all around us. Since we hadn't heard Coyotes much in this area it was a little disturbing at first. Coyotes are common in North America but is there a meaning to suddenly the change from owls to Coyotes?

Sandra Rajnauth on February 14, 2020:

An owl set on top of our house every night til morning what does this mean

Heather-Thomas2121 on February 04, 2020:

I love that you visited different cultures in this article. The reason I'm looking this topic up anyways, is because for about a month there has been an owl near my house that I hear almost every night. It hoots non stop until sunlight. I love owls, I think they are awesome birds. HOWEVER, tonight my husband was driving and I was in the passenger seat and my window was rolled down. My husband has great eyesight an fast reflexes- so he saw the owl through his peripheral vision before I did. If he hadn't hit the brakes at the EXACT moment that he did, the owl would've been in the car!!! Instead, it hit the windsheild and is most likely dead. Mind you, this was rush hour with bright blaring headlights on the interstate.

I need to get someones take on this. If it makes a difference, the owl was like brown or grey and it was a big owl.

Thanks for reading.

Ladybugcrc on January 27, 2020:

We have two owls that hang out in our back yard at night in our NE Texas city home. They let me get close enough to snap photos. They are so peaceful to be around & beautiful to gaze upon.

Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on January 25, 2020:

I guess if you are not superstitious it means an owl is flying or landing nearby. That is unless it is a drone, in which case "James Bond" may be announcing their "finest" have arrived. Recall that everything about certain "James Bond" multiple perpetrator stalkers is backwards. So, their "finest" would be considered the scum of the earth by normal societal standards, of which they appear to have none. Thank you for the interesting article about owls.

Liz on January 18, 2020:

I just saw one out front staring down at me. I feed crows daily and this one was perched right where my crows usually perch.

Martin on January 12, 2020:

Its 1:30 am in southern calif. Me and my lady woke to the sound of an owl. First time weve ever heard or seen an owl fly.

Michael James on January 08, 2020:

5 years ago my father died, the following night an owl tried to land on a narrow window ledge looking into our lounge,We looked out of the window to see the owl perched on a low wall looking directly at the lounge window it stayed there for a few seconds and then flew away.We had lived at the house for 15years before and 3years after the owl visit without any signs of an owl in the garden.I am not a religiuos person but this event has made me wonder.

sue cawood on December 31, 2019:

On Christmas day I found my dear tabby cat dead , that night driving to work an owl swept past me, then further down the road I saw a small owl staring at me from a field post, last night an owl woke me, I went into the garden and listened and talked to it, it seemed to answer, it was reassuring. 2 weeks ago a large bird ? owl almost crashed into the top of my car in broad daylight, this is all too much of a coincidence. The cat was owl coloured and where I found her was on a settee and on the wall above was an owl picture. God bless her.

Carolina on December 03, 2019:

I love the white owl because I live by they

Kimberly Weatherford on December 02, 2019:

I heard a loud noise at my door twice. I went to look out the window. There was a huge white owl about 12 ft away just staring at me. I tried to get a photo but it flew away. This was the night before Thanksgiving, pouring rain, no wind or storm. This owl amazingly beautiful. I never saw a owl in my life but once in my childhood. I was quite supposed the white snowy owl was in Tennessee. I am a spiritualist, I have no clue about this owl. I had to share.

Max on November 28, 2019:

I really see owls looking at me oftenly is a bad omen about me?

Christina on November 11, 2019:

Are all you people serious? You believe that seeing an owl is a sign of something in your lives that is meaningful to how you will move forward and make decisions ongoing? If that is what you are going to base the day to day decisions on you have way more to worry about then whether there is a wild animal flying around in your backyard.

Dipanjana Kundu on November 03, 2019:

What do the Bengalis think of viewing an owl?

Theresa Nilles on November 01, 2019:

I just saw a many owl looking straight at me.i can't explain the feeling.i even took a picture but it was to blurry.most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.from Las Vegas

Merlin on October 31, 2019:

When I was young I was at a concert a Christian one and I went into a forested area to get alone . as I looked up a HUGH Owl all White looked down at me then jumped off the branch and slowly flew in an ark to me then after coming to me it felw upwards away from me IT was cool that day

Adriana rahal on October 30, 2019:

What’s does It mean when you have a baby owl in your Areca palms for days on the same branch

Blu on October 29, 2019:

I have owls all the time outside my back yard. I can call them and they get closer. I love them. Tonight, i had 5 out back.

Shari on October 19, 2019:

An owl crossed my path early one morning while I was driving

sheila on September 21, 2019:

I have an owl that sits outside my kitchen window every night and will sit there for hours looking in my window while also catching prey out of the creek but what does it mean for this owl to be there every single night

Michelle Durkin on September 04, 2019:

My grandmother was in love with owls. My dog woke me up this morning around 2am. I heard the owl hooing and went outside to check it out and when I was looking on the side of my house it flew right across my from me. I just had someone tell me thank you St. Anthony after I returned something to them that they lost. My grandmother would say her rosary every night. I think the Univers is telling me something.

I can’t say on September 03, 2019:

Well I saw an owl outside my window and it was just sitting there looking at me is this good or bad

Danielle Robinson on July 01, 2019:

Last year around this time a owl flew over me as I was sitting in my women group. Shortly after the siting, I lost my niece and my aunt and a friend all that was at distance. Recently I moved in with my boyfriend and is birthday is December 13, this have been pretty up and down since I’ve been living with him. I noticed there’s birds all around his house all the time. So one night I heard a owl outside our bedroom window. As I looked outside I seen it on the roof of the house behind us. As I looked out the window it stopped wooing. I just took a picture and my boyfriend called me on his work break. Afterwards I heard the owl 3 different times, but when I go to look for it I couldn’t see and I never heard or seen it since! What does this mean?

Jenny on June 23, 2019:

Today is the 2nd time I get to see A snowy white owl,just that tonight she stared at me for about 20 seconds it felt so magical the way she stared at me. I pray that it brings me good luck I can sure use it. I hope to see her or him again. Goddess Athena always walked with a white owl on her shoulder. I wanna think that the spirit of Athena her wisdom and knowledge is upon me

Oakley on June 15, 2019:

I had two owls in my backyard during daylight. Beautiful.. Looming at me with those big brown eyes..

Karin Kirkwood on June 12, 2019:

I just rescued a barn owl 2 days ago and took it to a nearby wildlife rescue. She was hit by a car. I was so amazed at how well she rode in my truck. You see, she was loose in my truck for a 20 mile journey on surface roads. I can say she did not like going over the RR tracks. I will be able to find out later today the severity of her injuries. I wish I could share the picture of her in my truck. What a truly amazing, beautiful animal she is. Finding her alive after being hit, with my Native American heritage, being a small part of trying to find the missing hiker Samantha Sayers from my area, I took it as a great sign. Plus my dad passed back in Oct. That owl and I looked in depth into each others eyes. Its very hard to explain.

Tatyana on June 08, 2019:

Here’s the weird thing and I don’t know how this happens like 99 % of the time with all animals and humans I usually sense it first I can’t explain it. It’s a feeling in my gut something more intense like i am it I know I sound crazy. for example with people I can be in a building in a room over 100 feet away from the main door, with many things between me and the other person sometimes even multiple walls and it’s like an energy I can’t see but I feel. I’ve actually felt people walking into the building from a parking lot. I’ve gotten off topic in the past I’ve had a feeling to go some where and I end up exactly where that animal is. I’ve walked up to owls on ground and in trees and looked up at the second it looked down at me. I’ve walked up to bob cats, panthers, gators, tracked my cats though the forests in complete darkness with other animals weirdly fallowing me, I’ve had basically every birth you can possibly fallow me or fly past me, Eagles, large Sand cranes. Believe it or not I almost hit an eagle with my car because it almost flew into my windshield caring a rabbit the feet almost hit my window. What does that mean?

Cass chess on May 11, 2019:

I have been hearing an owl in my front yard going on two weeks and jus the other night my daughter came by at midnight and said there was an owl sitting on my car wat does this mean I want to no

Jessica on May 10, 2019:

Tonight i just seen a owl and he was on the stop sign and just stared as i drove off. And it was a brown owl and it was also dark outside by then

Frank on May 05, 2019:

I lost my 13 year old son Logan on aug 24,2018. Three months later I was sitting in a tree stand a shared with him the previous deer season. About an hour before dark a beautiful owl landed in the tree directly behind me and stayed there as we starring at each other until dark. I’d like to think he was with me once again.

Sandra on May 05, 2019:

I heard a owl 3:00 am morning it was making ugly noise i never heard a owl before so close by back yard i made sum noise back to the owl i said to owl i will not fear u .

Debora on May 04, 2019:

My husband was in a tree hunting when all he saw that days was an owl. They spent hours staring at each other. He finally took a picture of the owl and sent it to me. It is amazing how close he was And the owl had no fear of him. It seems odd because now at home during the day my husband can do owl calls and an owl will answer him. They talk for talk back in forth for a while. I feel that his ability to speak with owls is not a bad thing but a gift. I guess I am trying to say do not fear what you do not understand but just embrace it.

Rhonda on May 03, 2019:

I’ve been feeling out of sorts all day, went for a drive towards the mountain decided to turn around. Just before town after the bridge a medium large owl flew down in front of me landing in the other lane, I braked hard and backed up a few feet so my headlights could illuminate him better, all the while nervously digging fi my phone to get a photograph. He so very close I backed up a bit farther. Through the windshield I snapped several pictures. The bird looked directly at me and made some seemingly bazzare movements. Bending forward and twisting its head side to side I was so nervous. I’m still nervous now. In fact I’m just scared. We all took flight and I continue to snap pictures I shift into gear and roll down the hill. I am now pulled over to the side of the road where review these photos Not a single picture is even legible. Very blurry and although I’m sure I took probably 10 to 15 pictures I only have four for blurry pictures. My heart is in my throat I’m not sure what to do

Sandra Bowman on April 25, 2019:

This morning a owl was sitting in my back yard i took his picture. Beautiful Owl.

Drew on April 19, 2019:

I found an owl horned grayed out I kept it last night and dried it off carried it home after I put my coat over if soaking wet and I let it go today off in a loft in a shed next door and came back to my house it fell asleep sitting up in my living room

Steve Ramlochan on April 11, 2019:

I am adding this story because a few minutes ago a owl came into my room. I was on my bed about to sleep and this noise when i open my eyes and look up was this owl and looking at me. I must say i got scared. I got up and it move to a corner off the room but would not take its eyes off me. Then finally leave. Is this a good sign or bad or is it a warning? This is heavily on my mind!

Abby on March 20, 2019:

I've been hearing the owls around my house for over a year, eagerly waiting to see. This morning, on the first day of spring, I finally saw one, and it saw me. With much gratitude, I'm accepting this as a positive sign.

Bananaman2009 on March 08, 2019:

I walk in a Veterans park in Livermore CA and most recently came upon two owls sitting on two stumps staring or glaring at each other from about less than 20 feet of each other. Not sure if it was mating or social interaction! There are several more owls in the area and have seen a mother owl teaching her young 4 to fly in the past. Bird watching is getting betterv as weather gets better Not a birder.

Liza Tustin on March 02, 2019:

Just wanted to add to my story. My darling John sadly passed away last year in October so I'm a great believer that he came back to visit.

We spent months outdoors and he loved nature. We frequently visisted various game parks around South Africa

Liza Tustin on March 02, 2019:

Had a visit from a Cape Eagle owl this morning hooting away. Manage to take a pic bit not clear.

Thanks to my Sappi Bird book with call finder to identify it properly

Jamie Katchatag on March 01, 2019:

My friend have a owl on her porch in Alaska. What does that mean?

Tshoki sonam on February 26, 2019:

I saw white owl in night around 3.10 am ...i m worry of could plz let me is it gud or bad


Krystle sichau on February 22, 2019:

Looking at a white fluffy owl right now in Waterbury CT. SOOOO BEAUTIFUL

Linda Galbraith on January 12, 2019:

I saw 4 snowy owls today between Paisley and Port Elgin. Beautiful!

Jeanna Selyanina on January 09, 2019:

just now sitting and looking at BEAUTIFUL SNOWY OWL !!!!!!!! January 9, 2019 in Innisfil, Ontario. Speechless !!!!

Owl was attacked by three crows and did not pay any attention to these three black screaming creatures..... Owl was relaxed and gorgeous....

Edlin on January 04, 2019:

March 20, my mother passed.only 55 years of age. one year in chemotherapy remission. it was the first day of spring. i remember the morning clearly even-though my mind was foggy. i miss her. some part of me went into hiding to avoid the full shock of her death. She was found in her bed in distress, unresponsive a week prior by my brother 25. old soul. gone August 16th. my older brother found our little brother in his bed. cold. already way too late. he was creative and observant. lost in his own beautiful way. He was so brave it was painfully frail. I'm sorry brother. his face was lifeless his hands cold. his soul, next to hers. finally in peace together as always. i see you both holding hands, free. Grandma 75, in her death bed on November 22, a day before my mothers 56th birthday and six days before my brothers 26th birthday. Thanksgiving for the rest of the world and for me, well, more pain. pain that cut deep into my soul. i can see the parts of me that are missing that they have taken. since their departures, two owls sing all night right outside my window. they sit on the light post at a close distance from my balcony. they're magical. i see them see me. they hoot. they fly right above my balcony. vocal as can be. i wished for the longest for a sign missing the obvious one right before me. i miss them but i know they are together. they were both night owls. moms nickname was "teco" short for tecolote, owl in Spanish. my brother a creative, night owl. always seizing the night. poetically broken but full of life non the less. i ask for clarity and peace of mind daily. these majestic creatures have my full attention. they give me this. i find myself confiding in them as if they can hear my thoughts. watching them with warmth in my chest. i see them and what they represent for me.

Jane on December 18, 2018:

About ten days ago I picked up a huge, beautiful feather outside a friend's house. When I arrived home my cat greeted me at the door - I bent down and showed it to her and without any hesitancy she immediately attacked it. At first that was funny anyway I left it on my dressing table and my boyfriend stood it up sticking out of one of my old moneyboxes. The next day I noticed that my cat had jumped up and attacked it. I have been trying to find out which bird it belongs to - today I found out it is the tail feather of an Eagle Owl.

Last night I was driving with another friend and a smaller brown owl startled us as it suddenly flew up from the left side of the road - it just flew away to the left but about a mile down the road suddenly a bigger, brown owl flew right in front of my car windscreen - from right hand side to the left hand side.. I hit the brakes to slow down and was a bit uneasy afterwards. What does this mean please??

Esther on December 06, 2018:

I live in Arizona and never seen an owl during the day just at night this was while we were walking and my daughter was with me and she loves owls but for some reason she was scared

Efa on December 05, 2018:

An owl comes to my house

Like 5 nights in a row,and sits at my fence, last night was the last night i saw it...

Is this bad..

Lawrence on December 03, 2018:

Last year it was winter time in the morning i was sitting outside the white owl came and sitting on the electric pole then it flew away then it fall down and standup again to fly away the very same year i see it again on the electric pole it was also in the morning it fly away again it was summer i saw it again yesterday night sitting on the electric pole again and fly away in but this time it was night and yerstuday it was my birthday it fly away again i was born in 03 december and very same white aol what does that mean


Owl head on November 17, 2018:

If a owl hits your window it means it's dead and you need a new window on November 05, 2018:

I have a question what does it mean if an owl lets me watch it?

Freddawg on November 04, 2018:

I was walking at night and the bigest owl i ever seen flew up on me and landded on a light pole and started male owl calls it habe me the chills

Nightvixen on October 28, 2018:

I live with owls all around me, both Tiger (Great Horned Owl) and Barred owls. It’s not uncommon for me to go outside and encounter 7 tiger owls in a line on fence posts. Last summer a barred owl had babies in a tree in my backyard, and 1 fell out of the nest. Mom owl let me get the baby and replace it back in the nest with no Harm. She just sat and watched me.. They are always in trees, on fence posts, or some where close. I love them being around.

lynn on October 27, 2018:

A owel almost hit my freinds windshield. What does that mean

Mia on October 25, 2018:

Yesterday I was sitting in my couch when I started hearing a strange noise at night in my back yard.When I looked closer I saw two owls singing and suddenly my dog started barking. I search up "why do owls sing at you" and said that represents bad luck,sicknesses or death.

AyalZ1 on September 24, 2018:

Yesterday at a drum circle in the park an owl flew right overhead straight at my direction, no more than 4-5 feet over my head. I saw it first and told the people to 'Look up' as it flew straight through the circle. this morning my daughter posted photos of her engagement ring. My heart is full.

vinod kumar on September 16, 2018:

today evening i was sitting outside my house in about saw an owl in front of me at least 15 ft away.he flew away after some time and again came on the same pillar after 15-20-minutes.may i know the impact of that.---time 7.00 p.m.

Cross831 on September 07, 2018:

I was with my gf after we juat got done eatting at a restrant we started to walk arond the area at 10pm and an giant owl landed quitely no more the 3/4 feet behind me directly behind me thr fence was no more thin 6 feet tall im 5'10 we walked up to the fence there was no owl to be seen we turned around for about 15/20 seconds thin my gf happend to turn her head and directly behind me looking right at me was a giant owl just gazeing at me she took in a deep breath and the owl flew away and it seemed so amazing as we started to walk back to the car he flew really close to us like he wanted me to take him home so i tried a few wistles to get him to come but he keep looking at me like he wanted to land on my shoulder its so weird because right now im struggling and it brought me so much i dont know how to say it but kinda like relife in wat is going on in my life it was to me an really amazing thing to experance like he was watching over me to gide me into a better place

Tony Ferraro on September 01, 2018:

I have seen an owl hanging around my house all week , I’ve seen it 4 times & this week money has come to me 4 times . How weird

Sonya S Rivera on August 28, 2018:

I was sitting on my porch . when owl flies straight to me an stops in front of me an stares at me for abot 3 turns around flies away .. Very beatiful white owl . ? What does it me ?

Josie on August 20, 2018:

I have had an owl sitting in a tree next to my back yard for 2 weeks now. I havnt heard it at all but its starting to give me the creeps now. Im wondering why its been hanging around for so long and whats its purpose for being here.

Tuleen Abdeljaber on August 10, 2018:

I saw an owl before I sleep so is it a good or bad thing

Latoya heath on August 07, 2018:

Just see a owl in my mango tree i start to shout for him fly away ofter hearing owls are bad luck

dee on July 24, 2018:

Very nice

Alli and son on July 22, 2018:

Just came from a school thats closed for summer and look up to see 4, yes 4 white owls. It's day light. Im worried. You think they are ok?

Ashley on July 22, 2018:

I was sitting on my porch and heard a crab into my screen i got up to look and see what it was and it was an owl sitting in my yard shaking its head then flew away to the tree next door. The most bizarre weirdest thing but a few weeks ago something crashed into my window in my back bedroom the same time of night. In known what it was.

Leva Tomisich on July 09, 2018:

I did see an owl really close i probably could have put my arm straight and i could have touched the owl that is how close i was to the owl i just stood there and i was saying how beautiful he or her was the owl acted like he understood what I was saying it was truly an amazing feeling he was looking at me the whole time and I was looking at him the whole time and this is the first time I ever seen an owl that close as I always thought owls only lived in dark areas at night and a owl is just an AMAZING BIRD on July 08, 2018:

This was very interesting thank yiu

ROSY PILLAY on July 03, 2018:

I got up at 4 in the morning and there was this owl sitting on my fence. I was shocked for the first time in my life I saw an owl right there in front of me. I looked at it directly and the first thing I said to it was "you are so beautiful". The owl actually slanted it's head sidewards when I said that as if it was greeting me, amazing, and after a few minutes he flew into the distance. I still cannot believe I had this experience.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on June 27, 2018:

I didn't know there were owls that slept at night. Interesting!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 27, 2018:

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing that. :)

Rachael from United Kingdom on June 20, 2018:

Whenever I feel low in mood or spirit, or things are going wrong then usually I hear the call of the owl. There are 2 of them and they come and sit in my trees in the garden, if I am out in the garden it flies over my head.

Díana on May 13, 2018:

Me and my husband just saw an owl it was a baby one who landed right in front of us he saw us and he and left he did not make any noises

Connie on May 11, 2018:

Thank you for your article but I would like to point out that the Goddess Athena was not Roman. She is an ancient Greek Goddess and your article should be corrected. Everyone knows that Athena is Greek.

Idowu jaiyeola on May 07, 2018:

why does an owl landed in front of me,looked at me and then fly away at night.dotted black and white in color.

Jennifer on April 28, 2018:

Why does a white and gray owl is by my window

hhhhhhhhj on April 24, 2018:

in the native culture they are a sign of bad luck and you need to pray

Virginia on April 08, 2018:

About 6:20am this morning a strange noise awaken me because I never heard this noise before, I get up from the bed trying to find out who or what was making that noise I went to the bedroom window but I didn’t see anything but the noise was still there I the went to my bath room window and looked out and there was an owl making theses sounds once I saw him he flew away and I’m puzzled why theses sounds and if it mean anything . I have seen this owl for the 2nd time since I’ve live here but the first time there was no noise and this time he woke me up with theses strange sounds.

Otto on April 07, 2018:

I was working in NORTHERN MICHIGAN and one morning as I was walking to work at 3am I had an owl follow me to work it was approximately a mile and a half and as soon as I walked into the parking lot it flew across the road and disappeared into the darkness?

Sunil KAPADIA on March 08, 2018:

If you saw the owl suddenly is it a bad omen...? Is any indication...for me...orbit was just coincidence..I stood in leaving room. And omen came flying might be looking for prey...

Marc on February 26, 2018:

I recently read the book "The Messengers" by the author Mike Clelland which covers the Owl topic and strange events as well and connects it to Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee scenario. I suggest reading it if you have had strange experiences with owls.

Bhawana Gururani on February 23, 2018:

In my previous comment first line should be read as...There are three owls...

Bhawana Gururani on February 23, 2018:

There are there owls who sit everyday on a branch of a mango tree in my garden during the day...almost whole day. I have taken their pics many times. Sometimes one is alone , sometimes two of them. They are very cute and adorable. If I go too close, they stare at me and then fly away ...that means they can see during day time

Stands w/ a Fist on January 31, 2018:

Lost that race, lost my house lost my family husband left walked this path for seventeen years 10 pm one evening heart broken lost wheeping all the time. Sometimes got to be careful what you pray for had 8 babies grandchildren children same age kids were on drugs husband not coming home getting tired told the lord have no more strength left help with in a week all this happened everyone was gone I’m by my self didn’t understand how everyone turned there back s on me ‘My Family’ I received a message one night walking down this path scared me at the time the biggest white feathers all white Almost as big as a human wings out head down pops out of the tree above crazy at the same time two big black ravens just as big pop out with it one bird snatched up the white owl the other flew across the street to this house where my new neighbor had lived and past away there as he told us he would. That one bird that had snatched the owl had took it back into tree no feathers no struggle just dead silence scary wow. Looked it up the message from my People to me was do not walk in the night and to stop weeping that in time I would be ok and that I wasn’t alone the struggle is real. Only the strong survive. Still standing

Nekhbet on January 26, 2018:

I had discovered an owl at work last night and it was singing in harmony with the other at night without o light and silent in the woods, and after 10 minutes it disappeared into the night with the other owl what does this represents.

Nicolette on January 23, 2018:

Have had a brown/black owl outside my house for about a month and I don't seem to notice anything different the owl is still present only at night. any suggestions anyone?

Terran on January 23, 2018:

I woke up when my eyes blink twice that owl's eye are black dot at large with brown rings. I knew it gave me signal of warning for what or what will be happen today or so..... I cant figure it out how can be specific which I would decide to find out .... I still working on it. anyone know this ?

Savannah on January 10, 2018:

Two nights ago my friend and I were finishing up some late night ghost hunting at some of our usual places.

On our way back to my place, a barn owl flew out of nowhere parallel to my windshield, and just glided past. This is my third encounter with an owl in the last month or so, this being my closest so far.

scott on January 02, 2018:

i seen a owl at the cemetery tonight exaclty 6 months after my wife of 30 years had passed she was the love of my life still misery every day . what the hell does that mean ?