Skip to comments.Owl leaves imprint on Kendal woman's window (wow, very cool)
Posted on 07/15/2011 5:05:44 PM PDT by nuconvert
A woman returned to her Cumbrian home to find a near perfect imprint of an owl on her window.
The bird had apparently crashed into the window of Sally Arnold's Kendal home, leaving the bizarre image - complete with eyes, beak and feathers.
Experts said the silhouette was left by the bird's "powder down" - a substance protecting growing feathers.
Mrs Arnold said she could find no sign of the owl, so assumed it had flown off without serious injury.
She said: "Our first concern was for the welfare of what we suspected was an owl and we opened up the window to check if it was still around.
"Fortunately, there was no sign of the bird and we can only assume that it had flown away probably suffering from a headache."
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
I’d try to find a way to preserve it
Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.
(Hey, somebody had to say it.)
Naw...It’s Mary I tell you...
I dunno — to get that image the owl would have to flying forward while oriented vertically.
It might be possible, but I am skeptical...
Just how much wisdom did this owl have?
Sell it on ebay.
Tried to put on the breaks?? I agree with you.
Owl flying into car windshield ping.
“assumed it had flown off without serious injury”
Or maybe a neighborhood cat dined well that day.
OOPS, make that home window. My eyesight is as poor as the owls.
Bet she's known for being gullible.
I do all kinds of stuff like this to my daughter...she falls for it all the time.
Doesn’t the last Harry Potter movie open today...?
Isn’t that Harry Potters owl Hedwig?
Spray the window’s outisde surface with hair spray, then spray on clear glue; remove the window glass and you have one neat item for framing!
Is it possible the owl saw something to eat and was swooping in to catch it when the window hindered the effort?
Could not find any sign of the owl? I would bury it, hide it, etc. and say it flew away! If the UK gov finds it dead, they would probably go to jail for the rest of their lives!
The wing joints are behind the head. The best you could get would be the extended tips of the wings.
The story was published 4 days ago
Interesting, but seems way too good to be real.
If you look very, very close, you can see an image of the Virgin Mary...........I’d put it up for sale on Ebay.
It does seem way too detailed.
I’ll keep an eye out for updates on the story.
It's the birds that are yukking it up, and it's the stupid white male that walks into the window.
But it was posted today :)
lol. I’m not a Harry Potter fan, and I didn’t know he had an owl.
At our old house in Phoenix we had a huge picture window onto the back yard. Although we never saw evidence of an owl, on that window we would commonly get “dove prints”. Almost always the dove would fly away, surprised but apparently uninjured.
It's a fake...
To those who think this is too detailed: I once ran into a large black bird at 65 mph when driving cross country. It left a very detailed imprint like that. (It however did not survive.)
If the glass was clear, would the bird be expecting the impact?
Yeah, because all white males are stupid. TV teaches us that. And all rich people are bad and frame poor people for their crimes. And all terrorists are white males, too.
Experts said the silhouette was left by the bird’s “powder down” - a substance protecting growing feathers.
Yep...just saw it in 3D. Excellent.
I think Fluffy the cat was sitting in the window and the owl went in for dinner only to find at the last second about the window, put on the brakes but smashed in anyway. However, I have seen many birds hit windows and I have never seen one put on the brakes first.....hmmmmmmm. Then again, the owl would naturally be putting on the brakes to grab the cat so maybe the window was not a factor at all.
This will be psychologically damaging to the owl though, he will always remember how painful and humiliating it was and might be very hesitant in his later hunting.
One thing is for sure, this event was certainly not a hoot for the owl, though likely was for the cat.
Many bird imprints here...
Real or not?
It’s a white owl.... We used to smoke ‘em.
Seriously though, that would be really creepy coming at you.
May have instituted the back-stroke at the last second before impact...
We figured out it was usually after we cleaned the windows. soooooo, good excuse to not clean the storm windows...its saved many a birds life...A few of the birds I had to look up in a bird book.....
One of my Dad’s homes had half a dozen pheasants fly into the front room window almost every summer. The majority of them broke their necks. They became supper and dry fly fishing hooks.
I have had this happen several times on my bedroom window, not by an owl, but by a smaller bird. No way to tell what it was at my house. Wish I had thought about taking a picture, I will next time.
Birds hit my windows all the time but rarely leave a mark. Often times it kills them.
Just before the moment of impact the owl saw its reflection in the glass and had applied “the air brakes” an instant before impact. That is why the image left on the glass appears as it does. It is a perfect “picture” of an owl realizing it is about to impact an obstruction in its path, and trying to stop in midair. I’m surprised there isn’t a streak of feces down the windowpane, with such a surprise and forceful impact.
One night I was sitting in my loft when I heard a large “whomp” and the canary that lived on the window sill downstairs (a window with no curtains) started going nuts. I looked at it, trying to figure out what was going on and there was another large “whomp” and the canary fell to the bottom of the cage, with it’s feet pointed in the air like it was dead.
I watched more closely, and all of a sudden, there was a third “whomp” and I saw an owl, in exactly that pose, trying to get the canary, but hitting the window.
He gave up after that, but the next day I found my suet feeder a hundred feet from its tree, smashed on the ground. We figured the owl gave up on the canary and snatched a flying squirrel on the suet feeder instead. He must have grabbed the feeder at the same time, and dropped it from his quite high roost where he enjoyed his dinner.
Was he really dusty or something?
That is cool though. (Ouch.)
Thanx. I’ve never seen these before. I have birds crash into my windows sometimes, but I’ve never seen an imprint.
In the evening after we had our windows got a sparkling clean this spring, we heard a loud thud and saw the imprint of a pidgeon on our window. The next day I found the bird’s carcas riddled with ants under a shrub several yards away from where it probably fell after the impact. I suppose an army of ants could cary a stunned or dead bird quite a long way, or they may have done it with the help of a rodent.
It was beautiful,and he decided to get it stuffed.
When he took it to the taxidermist, he was told,it was illegal and he could get fined if the government found out.
Birds have a lot of oil on their feathers in order to stay water repellant. I think this is more of an oil imprint than a dust one. Kind of like a palm print if you stuck your hand on a clean window.
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