My first owl sighting! :D

Pet Duck Boy

10 Years
Dec 12, 2009
Orlando, FL
No, it's not like it snatched one of my chickens. Lately I've been dealing with a rat/possum, whatever it is I let my dog out every night to give him a chance to kill it or at least give me a chance to see it. So far he runs out barking and growling everynight, chasing at something I can't see since I can't point the flashlight at whatever it is fast enough. Tonight, my dog did the usual. Ran out, chased something, and by the time I found the flashlight he wasn't chasing. I looked up in the tree, and then saw a dark shadow in the dark night sky, a big one. Then a rustle, and a crack. I turn around and shine the flashlight towards the noise. There, 5 feet in front of me, perched on a 6 foot branch, was a beautiful adult barred owl. Gleaming at me with those big 'ol eyes. Whatever varmit my dog chased away, it brought this fella out. He paid absoulutly NO attention the growling dog right under him. Or the annoying human as he shined that bright light in his face just feet away. Whatever he was searching for, he was quite tame, and intent on hunting it. I spoke a sentence quite loudly as I was in awe, and the owl simply glanced at me for 3 seconds, and looked away. Almost as if to say "Keep it down! I'm hunting!". I followed it for 30 minutes. During the time, it flew to 3 different trees in my yard, and let out 10 eerie "Hoos". Again, what surprised me was how tame it was. Being a suburban town boy, this was the first time I've ever seen an owl OR heard an owl in the wild before. But I'm glad I now have mother nature working for me. Hopefully it'll snatch up the rats, or the small possum I attempted to scare off 3 weeks ago.
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By all means, let it fly over to my place. I absolutely adore owls. They eat thousands of mice during their lifetime so are welcome here. My birdies are safe from them, since they are all confined, so the owls are welcome.
Yup, I have plenty of red-shouldered hawks here which take care of the squirrels, fun to watch but very common. But for me to see an owl was quite a treat. Especially one that was so willing to stay close! Hopefully he'll stick around my area, I know I at least have a couple rats and a small possum.

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