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Falcon attacking plastic owl

Posted by mostone (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 8, 07 at 16:22

We were outside sitting on our deck last night. (We live in a town, very not rural but w/big trees.) Anyway, our next door neighbor has one of those plastic owls sitting on top of a shed in the corner of his yard. We just saw a falcon swoop across our yard and attack the plastic owl! Obviously the owl didn't move so the falcon went into a tree and screamed at it and came back and attacked again - like 15 more times. It was wild. The falcon came back again this morning for another go at it. We're wondering if the falcon may have a nest in the area.

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RE: Falcon attacking plastic owl

I believe they would be natural enemies. What kind of Falcon is it.

RE: Falcon attacking plastic owl

LOL on the falcon attacking the plastic owl! Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's famous North Lookout (the site of the official autumn hawkwatch) has a pole with a fake owl placed on it to purposely lure some of the migrating raptors in for a closer look. And dive-bomb it they do! I've seen Am. Kestrels, merlins, sharp-shinned hawks, and even a red-tailed hawk take a whack at it! Great-horned owls are indeed ememies of falcons and will prey on their young if they get a chance. Do you know what kind of falcon it was?

RE: Falcon attacking plastic owl

Lets hope the falcon doesn't break his\her neck attacking the decoy.I guessing the owl is there to keep birds away.While they work good at first I've seen pigeons sit on top of them after they realize there is no threat.Sounds like your neighbor needs to get rid of the owl decoy and let the Falcon do what it does best. They don't scare the birds off. They like to call it lunch.

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