An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree, (Use arm as branch; raise thumb for owl)
And she was as quiet as quiet could be.
'Twas night and her eyes were wide open like this; (Circle eyes with fingers and look around)
She looked all around, not a thing did she miss.
Some little birds perched on the branch of the tree, )Fingers of other hand fly on tree)
And sat there as quiet as quiet could be.
The solemn old owl said "whoo-whoo-whoo,"
And up jumped the birds and away they flew. (Wave hand away, fluttering fingers behind back)
Variant - Owl and the Brownies
An owl sat alone in the branch of a tree -(put left arm out for a branch and set index finger of right hand on the branch)
He was as quiet as quiet could be. (Put finger up to lips)
It was night as his eyes were round like this. (put thumb and index finger together to make round glasses around the eyes)
And not a single thing did he miss.
Some brownies crept up on the branch of a tree (use fingers of the right hand to crawl up on the "branch" of left arm.)
They were as quiet as quiet could be. (put finger up to lips)
Said the wise old owl, "to-whoo, to whoo." (make "glasses" around eyes with index finger and thumb. )
Up jumped the brownies and away they flew! ( take fingers of right hand and "jump" off the tree limb of your left arm and hide behind your back.)
And the owl sat alone on the branch of a tree, (left arm as tree branch and index finger sitting on it for the owl)
He was a quiet as quiet could be. (put index finger up to lips.)