I headed out to the barn for my normal evening chores. Some of the quail had laid some eggs on the ground between the barn and their outside run. As I walked through the run, I was completely startled by some noise in the back.
It was dark so as I turned my head and my headlamp caught up I discovered a giant grey horned owl. It had come in from the top and eaten over half the quail.
The goats were on the other side of the fence and the owl was puffing its feathers. It reminded me of a turkey. It was also hissing.
This is one predator we didn’t dispose of. I cleared the remaining netting and was able to get it to fly away.
We were impressed with the size, weight and talons up close. It was a beautiful animal. Who had quite a buffet.