I remember in my childhood, many elders telling about avoid seeing owl.
That Bird is considered inauspicious by many in Hindu Community. The most common reason cited for Owl being inauspicious is that Owls have been associated with bad luck and death, and hence avoid them.
Contrary to this belief, Owl is generally depicted as the Vahana(mount) of Goddess Lakshmi who in Hinduism is considered as the deity of Wealth and prosperity.
This is sort of confusing as one view assumes owl as inauspicious but in many images and idols, owl is shown with Goddess Lakshmi, thus making this "inauspicious" bird visible to followers of Goddess Lakshmi.
Not sure if any Hindu scriptures associate owl with bad luck and death, then what could be the reason that owl is generally beleived to be inauspicious?