Saturday, February 07, 2015

Would you trust this owl?

Great Horned Owl

At least two owl attacks have occured on people during the last decade at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, one of which resulted in someone requiring stitches. I would be cautious around the Great Horned Owls at the conservancy (or anywhere) this time of year, as it is nesting season. There have been a few stories in the news recently about owl attacks and I know it's pretty rare, but it can be brutal if it does occur. A good way to avoid being attacked is to spend as little time as possible around these magnificent birds of prey. Stay on the trail. If you're a photographer, take a few shots and then go. When the owls begin to get active in the evening, it might be best to move on.

Check out this story about an owl attack!

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Feb 7, 2015 2:15 PM - 4:45 PM
33 species

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Great Horned Owl © 2015 Mike McDowell

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