What was this winged creature? UPDATE ON POST #1

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Imp, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Last night I left BYC to make a run to the feed store and grocery store. I got home just as it got dark. I came in the front door and decided to go lock up the coop, so went right out the back door.
    As I walked outside I hear a noise in the yard next to the house and the goldfish pond. It's not near the coop.
    I then see a large bird take flight. Although it was dark, I live in an urban area so there is always a little light in the sky. I can see the silhouette of a huge bird. Looked like an eagle and as large as one. It was quiet as it flew.
    BTW- the chickens were fine and all 3 outside cats showed up for dinner.
    So the suspects are:

    2- Great Blue Heron, They do scope out my pond frequently, and I've seen them flying at the very razor edge of darkness. Didn't seem like a heron as it flew away. Not clumsy taking off and no whump whump whump of their wings.

    Well, Apparently I have a winner. Today I went out to clean up the yard and as I was cleaning leaves & water Hyancinth out of the pond; I noticed there are no fish in the pond. There are a few places where they could hide, but not 12-15 large goldfish. So I'm thinking it was a Heron that was able to stick it's neck under the netting over the pond. The water level was kind of low. Guess I fed a Heron a holiday meal.

    Imp
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2010
  2. PippyChicken

    PippyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    793
    1
    131
    Jul 2, 2009
    AL
    It was for sure #4.The vampire.I've had some at my coop before and the damage is awful so be careful.You can set out a huge trap and put a bowl of blood in there and within a day or

    so you should have caught a vampire. [​IMG] Sorry I can't really help but hopefully whatever it is I hope all your birds are safe!!!
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    11,008
    610
    378
    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I would say it was a heron.
    We have alot of ponds and a resivor that runs across the front of our property and my dogs spook them sometimes at night making their rounds they look huge against the moon light.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,168
    31
    201
    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Probably a vampire but you may be lucky and it'll be either Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. Otherwise, since it was around your pond I'd suspect an eagle if you've got them around that close--they'd like a meal of fish, even small ones, if they're hungry enough.
     
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    11,008
    610
    378
    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    [​IMG]
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    35,112
    122
    458
    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Dont Imps have wings?? [​IMG]
     
  7. TomG

    TomG Chillin' With My Peeps

    208
    1
    101
    Jun 26, 2010
    Lake Oswego
    no sound when flying suggests owl to me.
     
  8. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    909
    4
    121
    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I'm going with the Hoot Owl folks. Good night vision and quiet as a church mouse in flight.
     
  9. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm completely befuddled. Have no clue. I'll be keeping my eyes out to see if it comes back.
    Seemed awfully big for an owl, but that makes sense at night.
    I've seen herons flying as the sun came up, so they must leave their rookeries in the dark.
    But it just looked like an eagle in silhouette

    Maybe Redhen is on to something. A rival imp out to steal my pot of gold.

    Imp- Oh right that's Leprechauns [​IMG]

    Grumble grumble why can't imps have gold?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by