(This great photograph is from owladdict.blogspot.com)
With no kids to please
this snowy mid-winter night, we sup on oatmeal,
then skunk odor leads us to the back yard
where a Great Horned Owl clenches her talons
(to unclench them takes 28 lbs of force)
& severs the spine of a big skunk (GHO’s its sole predator)
All’s that left in the morning are skunk-fur tufts.
We didn’t have skunks under the deck that Spring, just owlets well-pleased.
video of well-pleased owl kids:
This GHO is grabbing something here:
This is what we hear beginning in December:
Silent killers documentary:
picture of two-week old great horned owlet: