Owls are generally solitary animals – but when they do come together they are known as a parliament of owls because of their shared wisdom. That’s an important collective benefit for us humans too.
Owls are – in some respects – hard working. Their natural diet consists of whole, live animals – which need to be hunted. That takes a lot of expertise and energy. Interestingly, owls are not natural home builders – they do not usually build their own nests: Some species use old hawk, crow or raven nests while others use a scrape on the ground, and a number of small owls nest in tree cavities or nest boxes. Parents of young owlets do, however, share responsibilities for their offspring – for at least 24-70 days (depending on the species) because owlets stay with their parents for most of the summer before finding a territory of their own.
But what I love about owls is that they are pretty content “just to hang out”. So while they are actually not very active birds unless they are hunting or feeding young – they know how to ‘be’. That’s an important skill for us humans to learn too.
Yesterday this owl was really blessed by a group of hardworking owls who came to join us to work on getting our home environment into shape. I suspect this doesn’t usually happen between parliaments of owls (at least I couldn’t find any evidence of it) – and isn’t that common amongst humans either. The difference between us humans and the owl world is love -and that love motivates us to be counter-cultural and be a blessing to one another . As one human expressed it yesterday ‘ this is Kingdom living’ – and we loved both the working (even if our muscles ached at the end of the day) and the feasting together!