Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Owl Attack, Owl Attack

There was an article in the Bangor Daily News warning us: Owls Attack:  Warnings posted at Bangor city forest.  The author, John Holyoke reports: "For some cross-country skiing enthusiasts, there's nothing like heading into the woods on a crisp moonlit night.  Beautiful trails. Pristine snow.  Peace.  Quiet.  Idyllic.  Idyllic, perhaps, until a great horned owl swoops down out of a tree, talons outstretched and smacks you on the head."

They sure this isn't Hedwig looking for Harry.  The rest of the article is at http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/101028.html.  Seems as though it's nesting time for these majestic, but ornery birds.  Another quote from the article by a wildlife guy:  "It's the boldest nocturnal raptor and the one that has the best reputation for the occasionally bizarre."  Sounds a bit like Mad Priest.


Grandmère Mimi said...

MotherAmelia, I had a close encounter with an owl near my back door. I returned home from a walk one evening just after sunset, and a barn owl nearly flew into me. The owl meant no harm, but was trying to fly from the carport roof to a low crepe myrtle tree near my back door - or so I believe. The owl never approached me again, although we sighted him/her in the vicinity from time to time. I can tell you that it scared the hell out of me.

Now an owl with its claws out smacking me on the head would take me to a whole different level of fear.

motheramelia said...

Mimi, that sounds scary enough. It's too cold up here in the mountains for me to ski at night here in Maine although I've done it elsewhere, so I've not experienced what the people in the Bangor area do. There are owls here though, but what has scared me at night is nearly running into moose.