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Nephthys
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posted June 01, 2006 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
A Great Horned Owl just swooped onto the Crow's nest in our backyard, and stole the babies!

A couple of months ago, the mother and father Crow began to build their nest. We watched them gather sticks and build it. For a couple weeks now, they have been taking turns guarding the babies while the other hunts for food. When one returns to feed, we can hear the babies gaping for the food.
We have worried about these babies, with our harsh weather - rain, wind, and the hot sun beating straight down on them.

So what happened ~ I was just in the backyard, and I heard a big commotion of crows squaking......they were chasing a HUGE Great Horned owl who was flying towards the nest; there must have been about 10 crows chasing this owl. The owl landed on the nest - I could not believe my eyes......it's wingspan and it's body was huge. Grabbed 2 dark things in each claw and flew off. By this time all crows were screaming bloody murder. I screamed, "nooooooooo!" and right away felt a sharp pain in my heart and began to cry. I ran in the same direction all were flying in. By this time, there must have been 35 crows chasing this owl in a huge swarm, and they all surrounded this tree far away..........squaking, and flying in circles.

This was one of the most upsetting things I have ever witnessed in my life. I know it's just a part of nature, but we witnessed the pregnancy and raising of the babies. Oh, now my day is so saddened!

What is amazing ~ the crows all gathered together and knew this owl was coming..........Also, so many other crows quickly arrived to help. I feel so bad for the parents.

Anyhow, just wanted to share.

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FishKitten
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posted June 02, 2006 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FishKitten     Edit/Delete Message
I'm so sorry you had to see that. True, it is a part of nature, but not one I would care to witness either. I wonder if the crows will have a new brood.

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Aphrodite
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posted June 02, 2006 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aphrodite     Edit/Delete Message

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Moon666Child
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posted June 02, 2006 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moon666Child     Edit/Delete Message
part of nature.

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proxieme
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posted June 02, 2006 05:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message
That is sad, N, I'm sorry you had to see it.

If it makes you feel any better, there're some crows that keep trying to get to the bluebird babies in the Magnolia tree in our front yard - species karma?

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Nephthys
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posted June 02, 2006 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
The crows chased the same owl again today. It was coming from the park direction, and had something in it's mouth. The crows were squaking, and circling the owl. I didn't see this but my mother saw it and told me. I heard all the squaking though. The crows must be watching this owl or something. Then 3 crows went and landed on the same tree where the now "empty" nest is.

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aqua
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posted June 03, 2006 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for aqua     Edit/Delete Message
oh ! i can imagine how disturbing it would have been.
take care..

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TINK
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posted June 03, 2006 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TINK     Edit/Delete Message
I'm sorry, Nephthys

Nature is beautiful ... but hard and holds no quarter.

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sue g
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posted June 05, 2006 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sue g     Edit/Delete Message
Oh,,,,,Horrible to see I would say,,,,,, ,,,,the poor mother....!!!

On Saturday one of our cats had one of her kittens stolen, she went to look for it and dragged it back to our home, where she left it outside the door.

Oh God the poor little thing had been attacked by another cat and it had left her with the head hanging off.....I was so distressed....she only has one kitten left now, She had three, and we think the same tom cat took them.....

I am so glad our 7 year old son didnt see this,,,,I cried and felt very sick, but he was quite good about it. The one little kitten left now....we have called her Angel,,,,as I have asked her to be protected.

Oh...so so upsetting....

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pidaua
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posted June 05, 2006 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pidaua     Edit/Delete Message
That happened when a Hawk swooped down into our backyard and grabbed a little dove...feathers went everywhere. The good thing is that the death is quick (the force of actual hit combined with the claws usually knocks them out).

Sorry - I am not cold - I just understand how the cycle has to work.

PS.. on a darker note, in my culture (Apache) the owl is the symbol of death or impending death. I am glad I did not see that owl, as every time one has made it's presence known... well, a death soon follows.

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artlovesdawn
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posted June 06, 2006 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for artlovesdawn     Edit/Delete Message
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teaselbaby
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posted June 06, 2006 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teaselbaby     Edit/Delete Message

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Nephthys
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posted June 06, 2006 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
Such amazing stories, everyone! Wow!

Yeah, it's a part of nature, and at the same time, heart-wrenching to see their eyes, feel their pain, their sorrow, their submission.

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Venusian Love
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posted June 09, 2006 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Venusian Love     Edit/Delete Message
Poor babies

The other day I saw a bird on my fire escape. I saw a small one under it. I thought it was trying to eat it so I immediately yelled get off it! and started coming towards the bird and it didn't even flinch. But then I noticed it was the mommy just keeping it warm. They kept kissing eachother.


So sad that animals have to hunt others

Things like this affect me so much. I won't be able to sleep ;(

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Nephthys
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posted June 09, 2006 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
VenusianLove ~ Oh, sorry if my story made you upset and you can't sleep

Your story is cute ~

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Cardinalgal
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posted June 14, 2006 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cardinalgal     Edit/Delete Message
Tonight my cat Bib caught a baby bird. It was awful. The mother bird was chasing him as he ran across the shed roof with the baby in his mouth and both mother and baby were screeching.

I chased him and made him drop the baby and then we carefully wrapped the bird in a towel and took him back outside again in the vain hope that his mother would come for him. He was breathing so hard and was in so much shock. We've been checking on him all through the evening from a distance so as not to scare the parents off, but no other birds have come near him.

He's now stopped breathing and moving so it seems safe to say that the poor little thing is dead. I feel awful. I know it's Bib's natural instinct etc but it's horrible to see him like that. He's always so affectionate and good natured with us which makes you temporarily forget that he's a preditor who can kill a baby.

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silvermoon
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posted June 14, 2006 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silvermoon     Edit/Delete Message
That is heart-wrenching, Nepthys. So sorry you had to witness that...

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