The Moore American

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April 30, 2014

Learn to be a wise owl

MOORE — We’ve all heard about the owl and that wisdom is associated with the owl. Did you know that owls have special feathers that help to minimize the sound when flapping their wings?

They also have downy feathers that cover their wings to further reduce sound. A definite asset when swooping down on their prey.

When you hear an owl hooting this is a territorial declaration. They also make the sounds of screeching, hissing and screaming. I’m not sure I’d like to be around if an owl ever screamed. It is most certain to be a hair-raising sound.

Owls are far sighted and cannot see anything clearly within a few centimeters of their eyes. The owl feels their prey with hair-like feathers on their beak and feet that perform the function of feelers.

The smallest owl is called the Elf owl, weighing in at one ounce and is five inches long. One of the largest owls is the Eurasian Eagle Owl weighing 10 pounds.

An owl’s hunting is heavily dependent on stealth and surprise. Many feel this is where the “Wisdom of the Owl” phrase comes from because they use such wisdom to determine the perfect time to attack their prey. Most of us would love to be wiser and many take steps to improve their wisdom every day.

James 1:5 talks about wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

King Solomon asked for wisdom and he was granted wisdom and so much more.

If we want to be wiser than the owl, all we have to do is ask.

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