Great Horned Owl in my Pigeon Loft - Pics (some graphic)

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Winsor Woods, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday morning, I went out to the pigeon loft to perform my daily ritual of watering and releasing my flock for their daily exercise. I had quite a surprise when I looked in my loft because a Great Horned Owl had figured out how to use my bob entrance and had killed 25% of my flock.

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    I was able to get these photos while my wife prepared to safely remove the owl from the loft. Protected with welding gloves and a heavy jacket, she was able to towel the GHO and remove him from the loft. The Owl was a little skinned up from trying to fly through the chicken wire walls when he realized that he was trapped in the loft. Aside from the abrasions in his face he appeared healthy and un-injured.

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    We walked him to a different area of our property and set him on a log slab that I had cut with my Alaska chainsaw mill.

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    We removed the towel
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    and he flew away.
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    Here's some of the losses to my flock
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    So I've got the bob entrance blocked off and I'm working on a way to hinge the landing platform so that I can swing it up against the bob entrance and secure it at night.

    Dan
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sorry for your losses, but beautiful pictures of the owl.

    Imp
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    What a tragedy! Hopefully the owl won't come back. Very gracious of you to let it go.
     
  4. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sad about the pigeons but nice photos.
     
  5. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

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    Nice pics!!! Sorry about ur loss [​IMG]
     
  6. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm Sorry! [​IMG] But I'm very happy you released the owl. I know some one that had an owl in there loft, and they killed it!
     
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    [​IMG] WHAT A BUMMER! Hope it doesn't come back.[​IMG]
     
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry for your loss, glad to see you release the owl. great pictures.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Close your bobs at night! I have had Coopers hawks enter my loft through the bobs and kill pigeons. I now close the bobs once my birds come back from their daily flight. I know of others who have had cats and raccoons enter the loft through the bobs.
     
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  10. berkeleysprings

    berkeleysprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    i am not in to church stuff but what a wonderful place you live , that must be gods country!
     

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