I was able to pick up a Field Guide for Missouri Birds (by Stan Tekiela) which has a great photo on one page and the opposite page gives information on identification. With it, I did confirm that the owl I saw at the side of the road was indeed, a Great Horned Owl.
About 4 weeks ago I had another encounter with a Great Horned Owl that I have not related here. A Good Samaritan had found one on the side of the road. He was extremely docile and he brought her in for examination. It turned out that the Owl was blind and was humanely euthanized.
I’ve been told that there is no raptor rehabilitation group here but I don’t quite believe that. There are always people fascinated by raptors so I will be doing some searching to find a group who I can recommend for any birds needing help, as well as donating money towards their group. Helping back, is a way of saying thank you to my Animal Guide.
According to the Field Guide, the Great Horned Owl nests early in Missouri (Jan. and Feb) and takes over the nests of crows, hawks or tree cavities. He can hear the sound of a mouse under a foot of snow! Because of his fearless nature, he is sometimes called the “Flying Tiger.”
Be more insistent that others around you treat you with respect. (this is something I will be addressing very soon actually).
When others communicate with you look for what is not being said. Be attuned to body language and other cues. Owl can see through deceit.
Ask Owl for aid if you feel others are encroaching upon your territory or not respecting your boundaries. (another problem at work)
Be persistent about the goal you see clearly.