he asked owlishly.
Joke as old as your dad.
On the other hand, I recall that some folks believed or believe that if you heard an owl call your name, it meant (it means) your death is nigh.
Well, owls are said to be wise, yes? And they constantly ask, “Who?” And now the answer has your name on it. Whatever it is, that can’t be good. Having a predator name you suggests: you are on the menu.
Now, instead, imagine having your name called out by a tree root.
Photo by Roman.