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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-19-2008, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Great Horned Owl Scare

DH just took Sissy outside for the last call. He said he kept hearing an owl.
It was a very deep call.

He went to the side of the house to investigate and their was a huge
Great Horned Owl - 2 1/2 ft. tall and it took off and it's wing span was
about 5 ft.

That is scary.

The birds hunt at night by waiting on a high perch and
swooping down on prey. Prey is quite variable, but is
predominantly small to medium-sized mammals such as
rats, squirrels, mice, moles, voles, marmots, skunks, shrews,
bats, weasels, gerbils and even porcupines. Locally, hares
and rabbits can comprise a great majority of subsistence
for Great Horned Owls.

These birds also have 500 pounds per square inch of
crushing power in their talons. A normal man has about
60 pounds per square inch in his hands


Here is a widipedia link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_horned_owl
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How awesome to see one so close----and yet scary too!

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2 1/2 feet tall? Holycow.. thats crazy.. I've never seen any owl in person, ever!

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DH said he couldn't believe it. The call was really deep.

That owl could have easily mistaken Sissy for a rabbit or something.
I am really going to watch her. We always go out with her and especially
at night.


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We were driving home earlier this summer and there was some animal in the road up ahead. When we got close, we saw it was a huge great horned owl. It was just sitting in the road staring at us. Finally, it took off after about a minute. It was amazing.

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The great horned owl is one of the most magnificent birds to see in person!! The are huge though, and a little scary. We have two that live in our woods, and we hear them every night. I agree that you need to be watchful if your pups are on the the smaller size. Since my guys are all a bit larger I doubt they would ever come for them, but am still very careful!!

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We have those here. I saw one late one night land across the street, they really are impressive.

I was warned at my first vet visit with Dazey about the birds of prey in out area, she was 3.9 lbs, not to let her out unattended. She still at around 10lbs goes out with her "big brother", a 65lb mix, or with us.
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I love owls but I've only ever seen the teeny screech owls here in Florida. We do have a wild colony of sugar gliders living in the trees in our yard though!! Someone must have set some pets loose, and they multiplied...
They're fun to watch. There is a hawk that is in our trees quite a bit and I always worry about that guy swooping down on little Pixie.
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DH just went over to the neighbors house to tell them about the owl.
They have a small dog, too (not sure what kind). The neighbors parents live next door to them. The parents dog is a Schnauzer and one night they couldn't find the dog and they looked everywhere.

Later the dog came home bleeding and they took it to the vet the next morning. The vet said it was claw marks and he was sure that an owl had picked it up.

So I am definitely on the watch now.


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*shudder*

I have a confession to make, I'm totally SCARED of owls. They give me the CREEPS so bad.

I'm owlaphobic. I wonder what the word is for that? lol Anyone know?
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