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The Great Horned Owl

Sunday, October 25, 2020

I didn't see it at first. How could I have missed it? When I let Miss Molly out at dusk yesterday evening, I stepped out on our patio at the back door. She ran to the birdbath near our wood fence lined with mature crepe myrtles to do part 1 of her business. We have a 3 1/2 to 4 foot shepherd's hook with a beautiful artificial bluebird windchime hanging from it right next to the birdbath underneath the crepe myrtles. Then she darted off under the oak tree and I kept my eyes up, watching, since we had a scary, close encounter a few weeks ago with a predator bird. It was some type of a large bird that swooped down lightening fast and luckily, I quickly moved toward her and as fast as it dropped down, it flew upward and away before I could even realize what had happened. It happened so fast, I couldn't recognize the bird.

But yesterday evening, as I scanned the oak tree and looked about the yard, I saw the owl. There it was, perched on the shepherd's hook, just sitting there, looking at me, staring me off. It was literally 10 feet away. How did I miss it when she was there just seconds before?

I've been researching about birds of prey since the first encounter a few weeks ago, so I shouted, waved my arms, etc. This owl didn't budge. I scooped up Miss Molly and quickly went inside and yelled to my husband. Even he, walking toward the owl, didn't phase it, until he used an umbrella to shoo it away.

Owls are beautiful creatures. I've never seen one in real life. It was something to see. Owls are excellent for helping control the rodent, squirrel, snake, and insect population, but I fear for Miss Molly since she is a small dog and owls don't understand the term "pet."

So, I will continue to monitor and supervise when she is out. Keep her on a leash for walks in the area since there are dense woods and streams nearby.

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    Oh, dear. What kind of dog do you have?
    173 days ago
    What a scare! I'm thankful you saw it and that Miss Molly is safe!
    174 days ago
  • THOMS1
    That was a close call. I remember one winter in Fl on our walk we spotted a great horned owl and her baby. We watched them for a few weeks and then one day they were gone. It was very interesting to watch them every day but haven't seen one since. emoticon
    174 days ago
    It's interesting - the coloring on the owls here makes them practically invisible until they turn those luminous eyes toward you! Glad Miss Molly escaped unscathed, but you're smart to be keeping an eye on her. She likely looks like a great opportunity to the predators out there!
    174 days ago
    Glad you saw the owl!
    174 days ago
    Close encounters! I remember one year in Florida there was a nest with a mother and one baby (not so small) they were Great Horned Owls. The father was across the street standing guard in a tree. He was huge!
    174 days ago
    Thank you for the great ideas and comments. I might also remove the bluebird since it looks like a food source for an owl. Have a blessed day, everyone!!
    174 days ago
    I was going to say how much I envied you for having an owl in your yard until I read about Miss Molly. We have to worry about foxes and coyotes getting our pets. Years ago we never saw them in our yard but farmers are tearing out their fence rows and as a result we see them hunting closer to our house. I never go walking in the back fields without my walking stick!
    174 days ago
    Maybe ask your local environmental officer how to encourage it to move voluntarily to a safer location in the wilderness, or, if you can benefit somehowv from it, how to provide a habitat sanctuary with boundaries it will accept easily. Good luck!
    175 days ago
    Well, then! Owls are good to have around, but absolutely with a small dog, it's good to keep watch. If your owl stays around, it'll likely learn that Miss Molly has her place there, but that'll take some time. You're a good Miss Molly mom, and I'm glad this worked out! We used to have a mini. dachshund, and would stay out with her during our MIssissippi Kite season, but after a few weeks, they knew who was who and what was what.
    175 days ago
    Oh goodness! Good thing you have an Eagle eye...👀 .. And spotted him! (No pun intended mind you LOL)....
    Glad Miss Molly is Ok! ....

    175 days ago
    owls are beautiful keep molly safe hugs
    175 days ago
    Wow! Glad you were looking out for Miss MOlly!

    175 days ago
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