Owl!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mt. Baker Quail, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got home late today and went out to take care of the ducks and I saw an owl sitting on a fench post 10 feet away from the ducks and about 15 feet away from me. Anyone know what kind it is?

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  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    I know what it is, very cool! Great picture! Not sure of the species, though, a Great Grey Owl maybe. I'd suggest locking up your ducks before dark, and you won't have anything to worry about.
     
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  3. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of the time I do put the ducks to bed before dark.
     
  4. Can't tel you what kinda owl that is but Great Picture! I have two on my property hooting away at night. I love that sound they make. Wish you the best on keeping it around. Good for all those pests that creep in the night.
     
  5. mr_mojokitten

    mr_mojokitten Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it's a barred owl. Beautiful bird, but definitely a poultry eater!
     
  6. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Only small baby poultry, and if you have baby chicks running around at night they might be better off eaten. the owl does much more good.
     
  7. mr_mojokitten

    mr_mojokitten Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Only small baby poultry, and if you have baby chicks running around at night they might be better off eaten. the owl does much more good.

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    Although they will occasionally hunt before dark. And I'd be concerned about the smaller birds in your flock. If you're already hawk-proof, you'll be fine. That owl will take care of your rat population if you have one!
     
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  8. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    I don't know how any of you can even guess as dark as the picture is. I don't think it is a barred though, the barring on them is very distinct. This may be a Great Horned if they are in your neck of the woods. We have them here, and they are big. I can't see the head enough to really say anything concrete though. I will say, the Great Grey has a much rounder head than what I can see in this.

    I honestly don't think an owl can pick up our ducks, they are big Pekins and I have a hard time handling them [​IMG]
     
  9. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a good look at it and I think it is a barred owl.
     
  10. geoff40

    geoff40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say it's a Barred. Great horned owls have visible "ears" and the owl in the photo does not.
     

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