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Found a squatter in my woodshed!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by ohlongarm, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Went out this morning to do a little re-arranging in my 10x12 woodshed,when I saw movement in the back on the rafters,I slammed the door shut and captured the squatter. He wasn't bothered at all seems he's been eating the many red squirrels that routinely trash my woodshed yearly.I took these and let him go,he was back in the shed earlier about 4pm,seems not afraid he's welcome to stay. Wise Owl 001.jpg Wise Owl 002.jpg
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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Very cool. Beautiful owl. Surprisingly docile. I'm gonna move this to the Picture forum. Rick
  3. loon

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    Looks like ya got a great new buddy >>

    loon
  4. f3cbboy

    f3cbboy Feeling the Heat

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    that is definatley cool.
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    very cool, what kind is it?
  6. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Nice and cheaper than a cat!
  7. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    Owls are awesome, wish one would move to my property.
  8. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    That's a barred owl great rodent hunters,we've been hearing them nightly since we've lived here but he's only 20 feet from our house his new residence.He's been really putting the hurt on furred critters I found a dozen pellets of his in the top piles of wood,bone dry,full of fur and bones,just went out there a few minutes ago and he flushed out of the shed and headed over the river,the Rocky River and thru the woods,mealtime I guess.
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  9. Nickolai

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    As do I! They're great to watch and I'd love one to take care of a few red squirrels around here. Destructive little buggers...
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    Great pictures of the barred owl. I love to hear their "who cooks for you...who cooks for you all" hoots. Hear them a lot in the spring during turkey season just before sunrise. I watch several great horned owls on weekend mornings when I run my hounds. The young horned owls make some unusual calls.
    Sounds like that old owl has a good home to roost in your shed. Doesn't have to worry about crows harassing him.
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    This is the time of year we hear them a lot too. Love it out hunting and hearing the owls.
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    Fasinating birds to see in action. We are lucky to have them in the bush alot around our property.
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    Awesome buddy ya got there...keep him on guard duty. Need one for my shed...
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    Wow! I've never seen an animal with purple Eye shine, aside from Vic99's dog
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    For fun pick up some pet store mice. She'll be very appreciative, and it's a good show.
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    That's incredible. What a nice pet to have around.
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    She's small. She may be on her first odyssey since fledging this past year. If so, she's now left her parents who taught her to fly and to hunt, and she's looking for a territory to call home. I'm guessing here, of course, but I do have some experience with observing, studying, and photographing Barred Owls. Here's a pic of Harriet:

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    I never would have put that together, but you are right on! We have owls hooting in the evening. Very peaceful to us. Not so much for the squirrels.
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    Factoid: Owls' eyes are fixed in their sockets. OK, barred owl call:

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    Boy you can really hear the chickadees mobbing that owl in the clip. Crows too.
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    Well, there it is. I have been hearing that call here for thirty years and have never seen one of those barred suckers. I have never laid eyes on an Owl on the place. But hear that call pretty much every night of the week. Hope they don't like to eat little black cats. !!!
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    In VA the crows about drove me batty the way they went after "my" owls. There was mid-air contact more than once. !!! I found that if I went out and smacked a couple of pieces of 2"x4" together, the owls would stay put and the crows would scatter...for at least a little while. o_O
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    They have lots of other calls & noises, but that "Who cooks for you?" is the signature one.
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    I had one 10 feet away from me 2 weeks ago when my buddy was trying to call in turkeys. I had to struggle to look at him and not move much as the turkeys were starting to walk up toward us. He was busy checking us out too.

    Matt

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