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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 01-24-2020, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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neat and informative about owls,
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In 2018 we were fortunate enough to have a pair of Great Horned Owls nest behind out home. We live in a very small plan of 20 homes and many residents have school age kids. So, almost every night during the summer at least two and up to five homes would have an owl "hunting" from the peak of their roofs. I got luck enough one evening to photograph this youngster just before dusk. BTW.....we had no rabbits around the homes that summer......wonder why??







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Steeltrap, I see the same thing in areas I hunt when owls are present, no rabbits, also no grouse, no pheasants, and not much of anything else they kill. An owl is natural killer often killing just to kill. Glad someone can see the impacts of an uncontrolled raptor population. Many just blame it on habitat or disease.
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I love owls
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Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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Great pics. Great Horned owls are impressive predators. Over the last 4-5 years I have found 6 or 7 dead ones in my travels. I've read they are very susceptible to west nile virus. I never found a dead owl before.
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Steeltrap, I see the same thing in areas I hunt when owls are present, no rabbits, also no grouse, no pheasants, and not much of anything else they kill. An owl is natural killer often killing just to kill. Glad someone can see the impacts of an uncontrolled raptor population. Many just blame it on habitat or disease.
I'm not a biologist.....but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express a few times. The apparent random killings of small game that owl's do may be nature's way of allowing the food sources of those small game animals to replenish.
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.... An owl is natural killer often killing just to kill. ....
Really?

I seem to be having a bit of a problem finding anything about owls being much of a surplus killer.
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interesting video treedaddy and neat pictures steeltrap . I guess owls are just as harmful as other predators , but steeltrap has a point on the smaller animals replenishing.
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They taste like chicken!
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I like to listen to them at night when the windows are open. Every once and a while you'll hear them wack a rabbit in the yard. By fall all the rabbits are gone and nothing for the beagles to chase. My wife watched a Redtail nail a rabbit in the yard on one Sunday morning..
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