Observing the Great Horned Owl- Priscilla Feral

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Friends of Animals– Great Horned Owls are large, formidable predators who are some of the earliest-breeding birds in North America. Two Great Horned Owls arrived in my CT neighborhood, and were hanging out in pine trees last night when I spotted the male, who I identified by his ear-tuffs, size and plumage.

Among mated pairs, the larger females do all the incubation and rarely move from their nests, while males capture food and bring it to her. Owls don’t build their own nests and they kill a wide variety of other birds and animals (including other owls) with their powerful talons. Domesticated cats and small dogs are vulnerable to these owls; so are skunks, waterbirds, raptors, reptiles, fish, rodents — almost any creature except large mammals. Public education efforts with pragmatic ideas about how to enjoy and live with owls, skunks, squirrels, turkeys, coyotes, deer, wolves and other animals is the work of any reliable animal advocacy organization. With the public so estranged from nature, we all need to know how to understand the birds and animals with whom we’ve co-evolved, and how to resolve conflicts that cause their demise and persecution. Owls everywhere are impressive!- Priscilla Feral

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