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Owl leaves imprint on Kendal woman's window (wow, very cool)
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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 ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: birdimprint; owl
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1 posted on 07/15/2011 5:05:46 PM PDT by nuconvert
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I’d try to find a way to preserve it


2 posted on 07/15/2011 5:06:49 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

(Hey, somebody had to say it.)

Cool pic.


3 posted on 07/15/2011 5:07:44 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: nuconvert

Naw...It’s Mary I tell you...


4 posted on 07/15/2011 5:08:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nuconvert

I dunno — to get that image the owl would have to flying forward while oriented vertically.

It might be possible, but I am skeptical...


5 posted on 07/15/2011 5:10:34 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: nuconvert

Just how much wisdom did this owl have?


6 posted on 07/15/2011 5:10:34 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: nuconvert

Sell it on ebay.


7 posted on 07/15/2011 5:13:05 PM PDT by bgill
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To: freedumb2003

Tried to put on the breaks?? I agree with you.


8 posted on 07/15/2011 5:14:04 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: windcliff

Owl flying into car windshield ping.


9 posted on 07/15/2011 5:15:15 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: nuconvert

I’m impressed.


10 posted on 07/15/2011 5:15:15 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Choot em, Elizabeth!)
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To: nuconvert

“assumed it had flown off without serious injury”

Or maybe a neighborhood cat dined well that day.


11 posted on 07/15/2011 5:15:41 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: I Drive Too Fast

OOPS, make that home window. My eyesight is as poor as the owls.


12 posted on 07/15/2011 5:16:17 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: nuconvert
She's gonna feel dumb when she finds out the two guys down the street put one over on her.

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.

13 posted on 07/15/2011 5:17:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nuconvert

Doesn’t the last Harry Potter movie open today...?


14 posted on 07/15/2011 5:17:53 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: nuconvert

Isn’t that Harry Potters owl Hedwig?


15 posted on 07/15/2011 5:18:01 PM PDT by VastRWCon ("Obama lies, economy dies" - Sarah Palin - 07/15/2011)
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To: nuconvert

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!


16 posted on 07/15/2011 5:18:07 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: freedumb2003

Is it possible the owl saw something to eat and was swooping in to catch it when the window hindered the effort?


17 posted on 07/15/2011 5:18:28 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: nuconvert

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!


18 posted on 07/15/2011 5:19:12 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: freedumb2003

The wing joints are behind the head. The best you could get would be the extended tips of the wings.


19 posted on 07/15/2011 5:19:50 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mewzilla

The story was published 4 days ago


20 posted on 07/15/2011 5:19:57 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Interesting, but seems way too good to be real.


21 posted on 07/15/2011 5:19:57 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Both sides need to put aside the partisan bickering, & work out how much free stuff I get)
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To: nuconvert

If you look very, very close, you can see an image of the Virgin Mary...........I’d put it up for sale on Ebay.


22 posted on 07/15/2011 5:21:25 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You ca't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

It does seem way too detailed.
I’ll keep an eye out for updates on the story.


23 posted on 07/15/2011 5:21:50 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
Isn't that a Windex ad on TV?

No, wait...

It's the birds that are yukking it up, and it's the stupid white male that walks into the window.

-PJ

24 posted on 07/15/2011 5:21:54 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: nuconvert

But it was posted today :)


25 posted on 07/15/2011 5:23:09 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: mewzilla

lol. I’m not a Harry Potter fan, and I didn’t know he had an owl.


26 posted on 07/15/2011 5:25:28 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

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.


27 posted on 07/15/2011 5:31:26 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: nuconvert
Total fake. Any bird hitting the glass would have folded its wings on impact not spread them. Also, what left the imprint? Was the owl covered with flour? What would make the eyes so perfectly round.

It's a fake...

28 posted on 07/15/2011 5:36:44 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: nuconvert

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.)


29 posted on 07/15/2011 5:39:09 PM PDT by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: raybbr

Why?
If the glass was clear, would the bird be expecting the impact?


30 posted on 07/15/2011 5:45:59 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Political Junkie Too

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.


31 posted on 07/15/2011 5:47:49 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: raybbr

Experts said the silhouette was left by the bird’s “powder down” - a substance protecting growing feathers.


32 posted on 07/15/2011 5:51:42 PM PDT by Catphish
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To: mewzilla

Yep...just saw it in 3D. Excellent.


33 posted on 07/15/2011 5:55:13 PM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: nuconvert

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.


34 posted on 07/15/2011 6:00:18 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: nuconvert

Many bird imprints here...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/552462@N20/

Real or not?


35 posted on 07/15/2011 6:05:09 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Choot em, Elizabeth!)
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To: nuconvert

It’s a white owl.... We used to smoke ‘em.

Seriously though, that would be really creepy coming at you.


36 posted on 07/15/2011 6:05:17 PM PDT by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: freedumb2003
I dunno — to get that image the owl would have to flying forward while oriented vertically.

May have instituted the back-stroke at the last second before impact...

37 posted on 07/15/2011 6:10:56 PM PDT by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: raybbr
On the farm we had birds break their necks flying into our 3 season porch. Most were found dead underneath the window...Heard one loud bang one day and found a yellow wing flicker laying under the window...when I went to pick it up, its toes latched onto my finger and wouldn't let go. It had just knocked itself unconscious...i carried it around the yard for a few minutes than put it in the hollow of the old maple tree in the front yard. It laid there for a few minutes and then flew away...the larger the bird the more likely it is to survive crashing into a window...

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.....

38 posted on 07/15/2011 6:11:16 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: nuconvert
"... we can only assume that it had flown away probably suffering from a headache."

Ya think?

39 posted on 07/15/2011 6:39:23 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: goat granny

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.


40 posted on 07/15/2011 6:41:04 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: nuconvert

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.


41 posted on 07/15/2011 6:44:36 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: freedumb2003

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.


42 posted on 07/15/2011 6:52:28 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: nuconvert; girlangler

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.


43 posted on 07/15/2011 7:10:02 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: nuconvert

Was he really dusty or something?

That is cool though. (Ouch.)


44 posted on 07/15/2011 7:12:22 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Kirkwood

Thanx. I’ve never seen these before. I have birds crash into my windows sometimes, but I’ve never seen an imprint.


45 posted on 07/15/2011 7:31:22 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

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.


46 posted on 07/15/2011 7:36:08 PM PDT by balls (0 lies like a Muslim (Google "taqiyya"))
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To: B4Ranch
yummy dinner without a shot gun shell and the different colors of feathers would be great for fly fishing hooks...I had a girl friend that raised several kinds of pheasants and used the feathers to make Christmas ornaments using a styrofoam ball... Also has peacocks and peahens. One of her males molted all at one time, she said it was unusual to find the whole peacock feathers lying on the ground..I bought my Chinese red golden pheasants from her. Beautiful birds...
47 posted on 07/15/2011 7:36:25 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: US_MilitaryRules
My brother found a dead barn owl on the side of the road.

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.

48 posted on 07/15/2011 7:38:54 PM PDT by mware
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49 posted on 07/15/2011 7:52:54 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Yaelle

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.


50 posted on 07/15/2011 7:59:07 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Choot em, Elizabeth!)
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