Is this a Redtail Hawk feather?

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Bulldog1
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Just a little paranoid at this time of year with all the young birds.

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Ed Pace
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sorry Bulidog, it's a great horned owl feather. ed
DebA
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I have no idea but you can take some comfort that if it is, the Redtail isn't a typical small bird hunter. Not saying they won't but they go after ground critters like mice and snakes, etc...

I like your flooring, btw.

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DebA wrote:I have no idea but you can take some comfort that if it is, the Redtail isn't a typical small bird hunter. Not saying they won't but they go after ground critters like mice and snakes, etc...

I like your flooring, btw.

Deb
I agree. I have a pair of Red Tail Hawks which nest somewhere nearby. They have never bothered any bird here, that I know of anyway.

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Bulldog1
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Owl feather not good. I actually had a close encounter with one the other evening at dusk. I was walking to mailbox and a silent shadow glided from a tree line 100 yards away to a tree limb in my front yard 10 feet from me. I shooed him away and he silently flew down the street. No evidence of predation.

Lights on my deck are 8 feet from my set up and very bright. I wonder if I left them on at night, would keep owls away or assist them?

Deb you tell by scratching post, cat tail, and cat toy on that floor I live in a cat house. So to speak.
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Scully
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We commonly have great horned owls calling from the top of the school at night in January when the breeding season kicks in.

Our colony is all gourds, and I have never been aware that owl predation is a problem.

OTOH I monitored some neglected martin housing (Trios) in an area downtown close to extensive woodlands of the San Antonio River. In times past these houses collectively held several pairs but were now almost empty.

Every house had bent and damaged railings. I guessed from barred owls, which are common in woodlands.

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Ed Pace
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I used to hunt with my great horned owls day and night it never seem to make a difference. Maybe if you set your light up on a motion switch that might make a difference , maybe the sudden flood of light could make a difference.
They are such a beautiful bird too bad they are so destructive to a martin colony.
Chris B
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DebA wrote:I have no idea but you can take some comfort that if it is, the Redtail isn't a typical small bird hunter. Deb
The heck they're not! I have witnessed 2 red tail hawk attacks at my site. Luckily both were unsuccessful. This was pre-fledge.
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Agreed with Ed - GHO. Sorry, time to install some guards!

No, from my experience, bright lights, motion-activated lights, none of that stuff works here. My scarecrow seems to help, but with the rain & wind, it's hard to keep her out. Monitor your site with game cameras / security cameras too....that way you know what's happen' at night.
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birdy girl
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Bulldog,
Where did you find the feather? Sometimes they will sit on top of the rack. Check your colony between 9 and 11 pm. Also watch your martin flyways. They will sit on tree limbs and watch your colony sometimes. Also we have had an owl sit on tree limbs or top of tree about 4 to 4:45 am and wait for the SY or any males that go out early in the morning to sing dawn song. If you have a spot light, crack open the door and scan the area. If he is out there you will see his eyes shining brightly into the light beam. We are having lots of cooper hawk preditation, owl and killed a rat snake today at our colony. Ran the snake off and that thing was back in the colony within 10 minutes. He had to go.
Bulldog1
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Feather was found 20 feet from setup. All my guards have either prong type gaurds or tunnels.
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