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Posted: 8/2/2005 6:25:25 AM EDT
I enjoy night drives on lonely Texas FM back roads. I find the driving relaxing. So lastnight about 10:00pm, as is my custom I'm driving along the vast streches of empty road when suddenly my high beams catch the sight of a good size owl swooping down and landing on the road straight ahead. I instinctively honk the horn and slow the pickup down, startled, the creature looks up and spreads its wings, the high beams giving it a white glowish look. I remember being struck as to how magnificent the owl looked. But I am unable to swerve or stop so I hit it with a thud.

I pull over to get a better look, and there it is, in the middle of the road, resting on the center stripe, dead. I see no other road kill which would've drawn it down to the road. Now over the years of driving these backroads, I've seen coyotes, deer, frogs and even the occasional armadillo scurrying across the road. But this the first time anything like this has ever happend.

I felt bad, owls are cool and beautiful birds.

Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:27:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By blackrifle51:
I enjoy night drives on lonely Texas FM back roads. I find the driving relaxing. So lastnight about 10:00pm, as is my custom I'm driving along the vast streches of empty road when suddenly my high beams catch the sight of a good size owl swooping down and landing on the road straight ahead. I instinctively honk the horn and slow the pickup down, startled, the creature looks up and spreads its wings, the high beams giving it a white glowish look. I remember being struck as to how magnificent the owl looked. But I am unable to swerve or stop so I hit it with a thud.

I pull over to get a better look, and there it is, in the middle of the road, resting on the center stripe, dead. I see no other road kill which would've drawn it down to the road. Now over the years of driving these backroads, I've seen coyotes, deer, frogs and even the occasional armadillo scurrying across the road. But this the first time anything like this has ever happend.

I felt bad, owls are cool and beautiful birds.


So close, and yet so far.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:27:25 AM EDT
damn! That is wierd.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:30:23 AM EDT
I have had them swoop down and hit the windshield before. Also nailed a hawk with the rear view mirror. That was scary.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:33:27 AM EDT
My Dad took one through the windshield of a Piper Cub about 50 years ago. The way he described it, it was quite a mess.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:35:03 AM EDT
I only see Owls in the zoo.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:35:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SemperParatusEmt:
damn! That is wierd.



Hmmm....

In MI, i've have seen road kill bald eagles "napping" along the shoulder of the road.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 6:39:13 AM EDT
Probably chasing a mouse or something and you killed it before it had the chance to kill whatever it was chasing.
I'll bet the mouse has a story to tell its pals of how the hand of God, in the form of bright lights from Heaven, saved him from the clutches of the horrible evil owl. Probably go on to become a prophet and lead the mouse-tribe in a mass exodus across the Texas landscape.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:22:12 AM EDT
Add a 6-pack to the story and it could become a Chupacabra.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:25:38 AM EDT
More owls die at the side of the road than anyother way. They see an rodent that is feeding in seeds from the grass and when an owl locks in on its prey there is no turning back. I see lots of dead owls here in Florida. Its sad but it happens.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:26:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:

Originally Posted By blackrifle51:
drawn it down to the road.


So close, and yet so far.


Perhaps the owl was speaking in ebonics (or something).
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:28:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
Add a 6-pack to the story and it could become a Chupacabra.



...as it is it's a story about a luchusa. Acording the old Mexican folklore and superstition, the angel of death will sometimes appear as an owl. Its appearance foretells a death.


scarrry stuff boys and girls...scarrry stuffff.......

Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:39:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I have had them swoop down and hit the windshield before. Also nailed a hawk with the rear view mirror. That was scary.



How in the hell did you hit a bird with the rearview mirror?
Were you in a convertable going in reverse?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:44:54 AM EDT
Here is a strange owl story...

...While I was out of town my wife was on the couch in the living room reading at about 10pm. The couch sits in front of a large picture window with two smaller crank out windows on either side. She had both windows cranked out all the way. There is a screen in each window.

So, as she sitting there reading the cat decides to jump up onthe end table and lay down. The end table sits right in front of one f the crank out windows. All of a sudden she hears a crash and there is an owl with it's claws through the screen trying to break in and get the cat!

She smacks at the screen and scares the owl away.

Needless to say the cat was WIDE awake and alert for the rest of the night and she was spooked at every little noise she heard.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:46:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:46:52 AM EDT
You should have it mounted. That is, if it is in usable conditon
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:49:58 AM EDT
I've seen an Owl swoop down and catch a rabbit on the Natchez trace parkway .... that was cool.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:51:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:56:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NewbHunter:
Here is a strange owl story...

...While I was out of town my wife was on the couch in the living room reading at about 10pm. The couch sits in front of a large picture window with two smaller crank out windows on either side. She had both windows cranked out all the way. There is a screen in each window.

So, as she sitting there reading the cat decides to jump up onthe end table and lay down. The end table sits right in front of one f the crank out windows. All of a sudden she hears a crash and there is an owl with it's claws through the screen trying to break in and get the cat!

She smacks at the screen and scares the owl away.

Needless to say the cat was WIDE awake and alert for the rest of the night and she was spooked at every little noise she heard.



When I was a kid there was a house a couple of doors down that had 2 big palm trees in the front yard. One summer a family of barn owls nested in one of the trees.

One night several of us were out jacking around and heard what sounded like a cat up in the air over our heads. We had no idea what was going on until we saw one of the owls silhouetted against the sky headed toward the nest carrying something in its talons that sounded very unhappy.

Totally cool.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:00:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
Add a 6-pack to the story and it could become a Chupacabra.



I hate when I get beat to a Chupacabra reference.

A friend of mine was hunting at a lease near Comanche,Tx. He and my other buddy talked all night about Chpacabras and pretty much wigged themselves out about. Well buddy #1 has a thing for extremely high deer stands built in the tops of trees. Wouldn't you know, he was climbing up into his high platform stand and as he reached the top his headlight illuminated an owl perched on top. He said it was all he could do not to crap himself and fall 20 feet to the ground as he scrambled down the tree.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:00:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Slug-O:
More owls die at the side of the road than anyother way.



That's why environmentalists want to protect old-growth forests—it's not cutting down trees that kills spotted owls, it all the new logging roads...

—Dan
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:04:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Maybe he was just sleeping...

Where in TX?



...no the owl swooped down, it wasn't sleeping. This took place about 10miles north of Edinburg on a Farm Road(I don't know the number).

Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:08:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:32:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:38:03 AM EDT
Not so wise was he.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:40:50 AM EDT
many a 1970's pornos started out with titles like this......


Sgat1r5
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:43:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Maybe he was just sleeping...

Where in TX?




Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:44:11 AM EDT
10 Points!
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:44:57 AM EDT
One evening about 2 years ago my best friend went to let his dog out and he saw something out in the snow, picking at something. He shooed away an owl, and the owl had been picking at the body of his neighbor's miniature pinchser, which it had killed.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:46:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Maybe he was just sleeping



...Beautiful plumage...
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:47:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Maybe he was just sleeping...




Maybe he was pining for the fields.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:33:13 AM EDT
Had one swoop down into the grill of my truck. Don't know what the fuck he was thinking.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:05:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rodent:
Maybe he was pining for the fields fiords.



Fixed it.

You know, a Møøse once bit my sister...
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:14:21 AM EDT
I had a white owl hanging around me while I bow hunted a few years ago. He would fly by me and man, you could hear the wind rush around his wings, an awsome sight to behold, he watched me for several days.

When I made a bow kill out of my stand he was there, he came flying in as I was gutting the deer, watched me the whole time, I know when I left he flew in for a free dinner.....

Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:52:19 AM EDT
I had a Hooty Owl that became partial to a tree in my front yard years ago. We could hear him ALL FREAKIN NIGHT....HOO..HOO...HOO...HOOOOO! They are pretty damn loud when youre only 50 to 60 feet away.

I had a million candlepower spotlight, and took to lighting him up. Magnificient critter. BIG critter. We looked at him for some time.

Reckon the light hurt his eyes, because he flapped his wings about twice....and the next thing we knew...he was comming at us talons first! FREAKY! I turned off the light and pulled the door shut and he flew off. That bird must have had a 4 foot wingspan! Big freakin bird!

I truly believe he would have attacked us, (likely the light), if we hadn't shut the door.

It would surely be cool to life-mount one if you wouldn't get in legal trouble over it!
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 11:03:04 AM EDT
What? no picture?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 11:10:26 AM EDT
My dad hit a mockingbird square in the grill of our old taurus once. Never knew it until the guys at Jiffy lube told us we had the state bird of Texas stuck dead as a doornail in our radiator.

An old roommate of mine hit a turkey going 50 or so on the highway. Bird was caught on the wipers and attempting to peck at him through the windshield...not a smart bird. Roomate accelerated to 90 and turned on the wipers. He told me the bird went flying...

Ben
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 11:29:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 11:30:05 AM EDT by dangerousdan]
About ten years ago, I dozed off in a deer blind that was about twenty feet up.
When I woke up, I was face to face with a big barn owl.
I was startled so bad the fight of flight reflex kicked in and first we fought and then I tried to flee.
I broke my foot real bad when I hit the ground.
I guess the owl won the fight.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 11:34:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 11:39:59 AM EDT by Vulcan94]

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
Add a 6-pack to the story and it could become a Chupacabra Mothman.



Fixed it for you


Vulcan94



Link Posted: 8/2/2005 11:49:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By blackrifle51:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
Add a 6-pack to the story and it could become a Chupacabra.



...as it is it's a story about a luchusa. Acording the old Mexican folklore and superstition, the angel of death will sometimes appear as an owl. Its appearance foretells a death.


scarrry stuff boys and girls...scarrry stuffff.......




But death (the owl) died. So does that foretell immortality?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 11:54:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sum-rifle:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I have had them swoop down and hit the windshield before. Also nailed a hawk with the rear view mirror. That was scary.



How in the hell did you hit a bird with the rearview mirror?
Were you in a convertable going in reverse?





Link Posted: 8/2/2005 12:12:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sum-rifle:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I have had them swoop down and hit the windshield before. Also nailed a hawk with the rear view mirror. That was scary.



How in the hell did you hit a bird with the rearview mirror?
Were you in a convertable going in reverse?



That's the funniest thing I've heard all day!!!
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 12:26:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FMD:

Originally Posted By Rodent:
Maybe he was pining for the fields fiords fjords.



Fixed it.

You know, a Møøse once bit my sister...

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 4:37:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 4:39:57 AM EDT by FMD]

Originally Posted By Ohio:

Originally Posted By FMD:
Maybe he was pining for the fields fiords fjords.



Fixed it.



Both spellings are correct (at least in America), but thanks for the alternative.


You know, a Møøse once bit my sister...


No realli! She was Karving her initials øn the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law -an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink"...

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 4:44:00 AM EDT
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