So, I kind of just got attacked by a barred owl. Yikes!
Barred owls are not only kinda creepy, with their big black eyes, they also sometimes hunt during the day. Particularly this time of year, when they have fledglings to feed, and there’s so much daylight (it’s only dark from 10PM-4AM) that nocturnal creatures often have to resort to hunting during daylight hours.
This morning I let the chickens out to forage. Then a few minutes ago, I:
1. Saw a big shadow pass by my window.
2. Heard the chickens sound the alarm.
I raced outside and saw a barred owl in a nearby tree, and the chickens all huddled under my porch hooting their alarm calls.
I decided that the best thing to do was to coax the chickens across the yard and into their nice safe run, while I kept an eye on the owl.
As the chickens came out from under the porch, the owl locked eyes with me. Now the owl and I are in a staring match.
Then the owl sort of bobbed its head around, like a cat wagging its butt before it pounces, and swooped out of the tree right towards my head.
I yelled “HEY!!!” and waved my arms around in the air, because I don’t know, what do YOU do when an owl comes at you?
The owl swooped over my head, close enough that I could feel the breeze, but realistically it missed me by at least a foot. I think it was more of an “Eff you for messing up my game” than a serious attack.
Anyway, I was able to hustle the chickens back into their run and scampered back inside without suffering any further owl attacks.
So that’s my Monday. How’s yours?