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Re: Owls!
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 04:15:09 PM »
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when I was living in Amarillo there was a large piece of property, a field about a mile from my house that was being prepped for housing construction

for a few days in a row a HUGE Great Horned Owl used a tree in my neighbor's yard as his temporary living place while he, no doubt, hunted for Mice that were up-rooted by the "turning" of the soil in that field

watched him with binoculars time and time again.....had "toes"/"talons" that were as long, or longer, than my fingers

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 08:54:06 PM »
I hear them quite often at night here around the house in the woods. Even on occasion even see them during the day. A couple of weeks ago while over at my father's house, we saw four of them in a tree out in the woods.

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 03:32:06 PM »
i had a large GHO glide past me about 6 inches from my
nose when i was 15 feet up in a hang-on bow stand one year.
it was totally silent and scared the hooey out of me.

lots of screech owls in this part of the world
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Re: Owls!
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2019, 07:37:17 PM »
I think the majority of the owls we have around this parts are the Barred owls. They are decently sized birds for sure.

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 02:28:32 AM »
I used to see them all the time at my old job where I got to drive around a lot at night.
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Re: Owls!
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 01:02:13 PM »
I have a Red Shouldered Hawk nest in my backyard, I should post some photos later when I get home.
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Re: Owls!
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2019, 10:05:33 PM »
It's crazy how such a relatively small creature can hoot as loud as they do.

There was one that used to do the 'Batman' thing and hang out on the corner of the rooftop of a U-HAUL storage shed place next to this big empty field only a couple hundred yards from this factory I used to work at.

Since our shift started early in the mornings and I walked to work it would often yell at me to get off its lawn; even though I would guess it was probably only about a foot and a half tall, that sucker was still as loud or possibly louder at 50 yards than I probably could be with training from an opera singer.

No idea what species it was though because it was pitch black of course; for the longest time I thought it was just an air vent on the roof until I started noticing some nights it was there and then some nights it wasn't.

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2019, 06:03:18 AM »
i had a large GHO glide past me about 6 inches from my
nose when i was 15 feet up in a hang-on bow stand one year.
it was totally silent and scared the hooey out of me.

lots of screech owls in this part of the world

I was reading about owls some time back, and the design of their wing feathers allows for near silent flying.

I have been seeing a large one pretty regular lately. I see it on the other side of the property two or three times a week.

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2019, 07:47:38 PM »
There's one that made a home in one of my oak trees and it's the size of a condor


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Re: Owls!
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2019, 11:31:01 PM »
I heard one outside about a week ago. 1st one in   a couple years.

He only came the one night. But he sat beside the house for several hours. I figured he was looking for a cat dinner.
I have a large street light out in my lawn.

Once years ago,, a large great horned owl  sat on the pole the light was on for a couple weeks, every night.

I finaly wanted to get a good look at him, and went out and hit him with a flashlight just to see him.  He was huge. And he also never came back. I guess he didnt like the flashlight.

We got screech owls too. They're little,, about the size of a Robin.  They can make the hair on your neck stand up if you dont know what made the noise. Lol.
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Re: Owls!
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2019, 10:32:34 AM »
Once years ago,, a large great horned owl  sat on the pole the light was on for a couple weeks, every night.


Any idea of the wing span

The one in my oak tree has about (guessing- comparing it to the size of the trunk of the tree) a 4 - 4.5 foot wing span

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2019, 12:15:00 PM »
The large owl that I have been seeing for the last several months, I would guess his wingspan at about 3.5 to 4 feet.

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2019, 01:43:23 PM »
Once years ago,, a large great horned owl  sat on the pole the light was on for a couple weeks, every night.


Any idea of the wing span

The one in my oak tree has about (guessing- comparing it to the size of the trunk of the tree) a 4 - 4.5 foot wing span

I never seen his wing Span. He sat there looking back at me.  He musta flew off after I went back in the house.
His body looked to be over 2 feet. I almost couldn't guess how big he really was. I was down on the ground about 20 yards away.

The biggest bird I ever seen was a Golden Eagle. I was in northern California by Mount Shasta dam.
He was sitting on a piece of telephone pole fence post about 25 feet away. His body was over 3 feet high. His talons were bigger than my fingers. His feet larger than my hands. And I know his wingspan was well over 7 feet.

That was a big freaking bird right there. He was watching an old rest area.  When someone in a car would pull in and let their little dog out to potty,,, all the feathers on his neck would stand up. I think he may have "worked" that area before. Lunch time. When I went to pull out the camera I had in  the big truck,, he flew off.

 He was huge. We have Bald Eagles here at home. He was Way bigger than any Bald Eagle I ever seen. He was well over 3 feet sitting there. Maybe closer to 4.

It's no wonder the mongols use Golden Eagles to hunt siberian wolves. Look up those vids.
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Re: Owls!
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2020, 11:35:11 PM »
I think I found my owl's nest in the woods. It's huge! Pretty close to the power line ROW where I usually see him flying from.

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Re: Owls!
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2020, 08:03:30 PM »
Seems we have a couple of large owls not far from the house. I am seeing them quite regular. I'm pretty sure with the abundant supply of squirrels and rabbits, they have plenty to dine on!