The deep stillness of the night was occasionally interrupted by the neighing of the elk, the hoarse lowing of the buffalo, the hooting of large owls
, and the screeching of the small ones, now and then the splash of a beaver, or the gonglike sound of the swan.
The daylight dies: The owls
are hooting, ting, ting, ting
His voice could be heard in all sorts of wet, star-lighted, blossoming places, helping the big frogs through their choruses, or mocking the little upside-down owls
that hoot through the white nights.
She saw the foundations of Baalbec, and Thebes, and Ephesus laid; she saw these villages grow into mighty cities, and amaze the world with their grandeur--and she has lived to see them desolate, deserted, and given over to the owls
and the bats.
For a moment she stood in the square hall, among many horned skulls, sallow globes, cracked oil-paintings, and stuffed owls
, hesitating, it seemed, whether she should open the door on her right, through which the stir of life reached her ears.
are supposed to be so very wise, generally, that a foolish one is unusual, and you perhaps know that anything or anyone unusual is sure to be interesting to the wise.
are hooting in the wood; the frogs are croaking in the marsh.
IN the spring of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-eight there lived, in a certain county of North Britain, two venerable White Owls
Some hawks and owls
bolt their prey whole, and after an interval of from twelve to twenty hours, disgorge pellets, which, as I know from experiments made in the Zoological Gardens, include seeds capable of germination.
The next morning, as we approached the Rio Colorado, the appearance of the country changed; we soon came on a plain covered with turf, which, from its flowers, tall clover, and little owls
, resembled the Pampas.
When other birds are still, the screech owls
take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu.
are perched near me, and are carrying on a long conversation that I enjoy as much as any warbling of nightingales.