|Guinea Roosting in coop|
As I pulled into the yard yesterday evening, I spotted a wing laying in the middle of the yard, between outbuildings. Concerned, I scouted about the yard and the coop area, where I found more feathers. A quick count of the guineas revealed two more were missing. I suspected an owl, but I've only heard one this past spring and have spotted not a one. After feeding the chickens, guineas and geese, the guineas did not head for their normal roost in the big pine, but rather into the coop with the chickens. Did they understand that the tree is now dangerous, since it has become the hunting grounds of an owl. Yes, I am guessing the predator is an owl. A hunter of the night like no other... the clues are many; totally eaten birds, fur and feather pellets at the base of the telephone pole in the yard, no foot prints other than the chickens, guineas and geese and all killings are a night. Then last night the most solid evidence was witnessed. An Owl in the pines that tower of the house... hooting just after the fall of the sun. There are number of owls that are in this area; the Great Horned, Grey Gray, and the Barred Owl. All are big enough to take a chicken or guinea, but they will leave the geese alone. The hooting call that I heard was that of the Great Horned Owl. This morning I went out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to confirm the call.. and indeed it was the Great Horned Owl. Now, I don't have any images of this owl to share with, so here is a link to see an image and call of the owl... click me!