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Discussion: owls

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Feb 12, 2019 9:22 PM # 
PBricker:
This love affair you have with owls may be riskier than you think. An owl is the likely culprit in the Peterson murder at the center of Netflix's "The Staircase". And then there's this.
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Feb 12, 2019 11:00 PM # 
PG:
And then there's this, see the fifth paragraph. I had a northern goshawk make two runs at me while I was making the map at Mt. Hermon School in the spring of 1979. It took the second run for me to really figure out what was happening -- it was just missing the top of my head -- and then I was out of there, going from tree to tree for protection. The map at the bottom of the article shows the block I was in -- same time period -- as "possible." Should have been "confirmed."

Also got attacked by an ostrich once. But so far not by a barred owl.
Feb 13, 2019 12:07 AM # 
Oslug:
A northern goshawk drew blood when it attacked my head from behind during a O race a couple decades ago. If you know they’re in the area, holding a big stick above your head is supposed to deter them.
Feb 13, 2019 12:28 AM # 
PG:
Though these were intended as test versions in the battle against the FDFs, apparently they also worked like a charm against goshawks too, as we never ever got attacked.

Feb 13, 2019 1:35 AM # 
walk:
Goshawks were in attack mode at Ansonia for a few spring events a while ago. Not been evident recently but we haven’t been there either.
Feb 13, 2019 2:46 PM # 
bubo:
Whether it was a Goshawk or not I don´t know - some kind of hawk anyway - was the reason of terror for several attendees at one of the Blue Lake Clinics (Western Canada, early 80ies?). We were attacked in a certain area on more than one occasion - the "stick over the head" method was frequently used.
Feb 14, 2019 2:09 AM # 
Charlie:
The first time I set courses for a meet, maybe late 80s at Brainard, somebody (maybe Tony Maniscalco) complained vigorously about being attacked by a goshawk on the course. He seemed to think it was my fault.
Feb 14, 2019 9:04 PM # 
JanetT:
Somehow, I can see Tony M thinking that.

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