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[TowerTalk] Owl observations

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Owl observations
From: (FireBrick)
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 12:35:26 -0600
Was your plastic owl male or female.
Males, like their human gender counterpart are nice, well mannered and
Females, on the other hand can be cruel, spiteful, and totally dangerous
when protecting their nest.

It is always good practice to purchase female plastic owls for
protection, and plastic male owls for companionship.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Hachadorian" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 4:23 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Owl observations

> I've had a plastic owl perched on top of the mast for
> about ten years now. Prior to putting the owl up, the
> antennas at times would be covered almost entirely by
> grackles, a large black bird that is very noisy and
> produces a lot of droppings. Grackles send the letter
> "J" at 40 dB over S9, which would instantly wake me up
> in the morning. The grackles totally disappeared forever
> after putting up the owl, so I conclude that the owl is
> very effective against this species. I can still hear the
> grackles living in nearby ficus trees, but they just don't
> perch on the antennas any more.
> On the other hand, the owl has proven totally ineffective
> against other species, and a common sight is to see a pigeon
> perched on the owl's head. I took a picture of this the
> first few times it happened, but now it is old hat, so to
> speak.
> On a few occasions, at night, there have been real owls on the
> antennas hooting up a storm. Perhaps they were trying to woo
> the ice maiden? On one occasion, also after dark, a hawk was
> flying figure eight patterns, centered on the plastic owl,
> dipping and making loud screeching noises at it. This went on
> for a good ten minutes, after which the hawk just flew away.
> I guess these plastic owls, just like some of the human species,
> look better in the dark.
> Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
> Yuma, AZ
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