Short-eared Owls -- Asio flammeus, signing on with a poem by Loren Eiseley:
'What emptiness has haunted me by night
By what lone fires, only the wood rats know.
What loneliness has leveled my sight
To this red sundown, frost and stone and snow
Alone could answer, being intimates
Of the owl-like essential flitting me:
The little bird upon the upland gates
That never moves and yet is seen to be
Before and after, that with burning eyes
Is the unresting daemon of this place.
On stone and wilderness his hooted cry
Is mockery and wind—his face is my face
As masked and weird, and three long roads apart
Our small minds cry, as out of one strange heart.' ~ "Our Small Minds Cry" by Loren Eiseley
'I like you; your eyes are full of language.' ~ Anne Sexton