Pile of feathers on the ground

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Emil Pampell-Tx
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Pile of feathers on the ground

Postby Emil Pampell-Tx » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:09 pm

A common occurrence to find martin feathers in small piles if you have owl problems. This however is different, the feathers belonged to a barred owl. The feathers were heavily damaged, and even had a small stripped bone on the pile. The pile of feathers was directly under the gourd racks. Our yard is fenced so predators cannot get in easily. A cat could not eat the entire owl. I think that it was a Great Horned Owl that caught the barred owl. We have both of those kinds of owls. Just hope the same keeps happening
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Donnie Hurdt MN
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Re: Pile of feathers on the ground

Postby Donnie Hurdt MN » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:17 pm

Hi Emi. For the past two years we have a pair of Barred Owls nesting in the woods near our yard. They did Not bother the one pair of martins that I had last year but I did find tree swallow wings and feathers laying on the ground one day last summer. Don't have any martins again this year the Tree Swallows do a pretty good job of chasing any martin lookers away. Anyway, our pair of Barred owls have gotten very used to me out and about in the yard day or night I usually can get quite close to them, sometimes 10 to 15 feet away before they fly off. It is also neat to hear them call to one another day or night. They love to sit in the Oak trees by the pond and pick off any frog that gets careless.
By the way last month I watched one of them land on a perch about 10 feet away from a Niteguard Light that was flashing. Not sure how long the owl stayed perched there though, it was getting too dark to see.
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TheSmiths
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Martin Colony History: Trying to attract PMs since 2004; began a more ernest attempt in 2014. Modified Trio M12K at 15' w/3 gourds beneath; multi-rack w/8 gourds mounted at 20'.

2018 — finally have 1 ASY pair & 1 SY pair in the Trio & 1 SY pair in a supergourd on the multi-rack. :D

Re: Pile of feathers on the ground

Postby TheSmiths » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:19 am

Emil Pampell-Tx wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:09 pm
I think that it was a Great Horned Owl that caught the barred owl. We have both of those kinds of owls. Just hope the same keeps happening
:shock: That should hold him for a little while.

Donnie Hurdt MN wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:17 pm
By the way last month I watched one of them land on a perch about 10 feet away from a Niteguard Light that was flashing.
Hmmm. We were considering getting a couple of those.

Emil Pampell-Tx
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Re: Pile of feathers on the ground

Postby Emil Pampell-Tx » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:44 am

The niteguard lights did not keep the owls away when I tried them.
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Spiderman
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Re: Pile of feathers on the ground

Postby Spiderman » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:20 am

Emil Pampell-Tx wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:44 am
The niteguard lights did not keep the owls away when I tried them.

Have you found anything besides cages that have deterred the Barred Owl.

We have one that feeds on the flying squirrels that come to a backyard feeder after dark. He hasn't discovered the Troyer Horizontal gourds with Martins in them, but I know it is just a matter of time.
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2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
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Chris B
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Re: Pile of feathers on the ground

Postby Chris B » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:44 pm

I hate finding a pile of feathers when I mow the grass. Darn predators...
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
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