“There the owl nests and lays
and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow;
indeed, there the hawks are gathered,
each one with her mate.” -Isaiah 34:15
It seemed like a nice verse to emblaze onto a nesting box built in hopes of attracting a barred owl; in context, however, Isaiah 34 is prophetically speaking of the destruction of God’s enemies and the animals said to inhabit the desolated ruins.
It is not altogether inappropriate, for in winter when the owl begins nesting, the woods of Minnesota are arguably desolated. And yet, I will decidedly take scripture out of context in this instance and decide that “There the owl nests and lays and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow…” as an inspiring and delightful verse to inscribe on a nesting box. Here’s hoping an owl helps the box live up to its inscription!