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Owls haunting our Tiki Carving
TampaTiki
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Joined: Mar 20, 2006
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From: Tampa Floirda
Posted: 2006-05-23 12:08 am   Permalink

Has anyone else had owls come and watch them carve their tikis? 3 nights out of the last 4 that I was out carving, in two locations, screech owls came out and landed on some of the finished, or nearly finished tikis we have standing around our work sapces.

I have not lived in my house long enough to know if they were common before but I know that last year I didn't see any...and my friend has never seen owls close up in his yard in 40 years of living in the same house.

Tonight, one came down and landed on an old palm trunk that is still in the ground. A few minutes later a baby came over and the first flew off to get it some food several times leaving the baby only about 10 feet away on the post. Last week, one landed on a tiki that I wasn't working on and stayed there as I chipped away for another hour...including walking right past it, within 2 feet, to go get an ice cold refreshing can of PBR...

Is this common for any one else?

Thanks from Tampa!


 
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Satan's Sin
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Joined: Jun 13, 2004
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From: Imperial Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-05-23 08:15 am   Permalink

They are not owls. They are spirits. You're in for some major good luck.

 
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saxotica
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Posted: 2006-05-23 08:16 am   Permalink

I'd say you've got the mojo working over time! That is scary awesome. You should post pictures of those tikis because they've got the power.

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-05-23 10:11 am   Permalink

Luck type depends on whooo you ask, The Seminole Indians consider the Owl a Bad Omen and their medicine man are afraid of them.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-23 3:07 pm   Permalink

WARNING: THIS POST HAS A PICTURE OF A DEAD ANIMAL IN IT
Invite the owl in to your house. Take a fresh mouse and hand it to the owl.

The owl will use the mouse for food

After you do this several times, the owl will be your friend

If you can handle the sight of this

Once he is your friend, everything will be fine.

On the serious side: This owl was rescued from a tree that the tree service took down recently. He was very young when the tree came down. He was raised by hand and is currently learning how to find his own food. If any of you animal rights lovers think this is cruel, I will voice your opinions to the tree trimmers so next time they will just grind it up in the shredder.
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Kono
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2006-05-23 3:54 pm   Permalink

I posted this in another thread:

On 2005-01-25 15:35, Kono wrote:
Glen Grant's "Obake Files" has three stories about supernatural Pueo. From The Pueo's Revenge:

Vengeance could also be meted out by the 'aumakua who had been neglected or desecrated. Samuel M. Kamakau relates the story of the man living at Kipahulu who one day saw a dead owl on the roadside. Only the wings and bones of the bird were left, held together by a few feathers. The head was missing.

Dropping his trousers to show the dead owl his okole, backside, the man with a sneer said, "Bird of mana that you are, O Owl, what was it that caused your Death? Here is a head for you!"

At that moment a part of the man's intestines slipped out, "like an octopus tentacle" drying in the sun. Horrified and in abject pain, he went to a kahuna who said, "You exposed your buttocks as a head for the owl and treated the owl with contempt."


The man followed the kahuna's instructions on how to properly repent and his intestines eventually crawled back up his bum. Don't mess with owls!



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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-05-23 10:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-05-23 15:07, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:

After you do this several times, the owl will be your friend




What a friendly looking bird!
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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2006-05-23 11:32 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-05-23 15:07, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
If any of you animal rights lovers think this is cruel, I will voice your opinions to the tree trimmers so next time they will just grind it up in the shredder.


Why would they think that? You saved a beautiful life!
Is that a Great Horned owl?
Great job Bay Park Buzzy!
Nature rules.


 
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marika
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Joined: Mar 29, 2006
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From: montreal
Posted: 2006-05-24 06:22 am   Permalink

I think you are very lucky to have night visitors to watch you work, they appreciate your sight that's for sure. I hope they keep coming to share your company, I bet a little snack might just help.



 
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Beachnik
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From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-25 11:23 pm   Permalink

Owls are too cool! What a nice deed to save the owl from a certain fate. I bet nobody has a fine feathered friend like that unless they have a vulture or bat in their living room! All I have is a sick dog watching me carve.
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-08-23 9:47 pm   Permalink

Buzzy, is this owl able to fly away if it wants to? Can it fly or is it injured? How does it just stay there like that...It is real interesting because I think of owls as wild, and free and hard to keep around. Looks pretty contend.

 
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Tiki Chris
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From: London
Posted: 2006-08-24 01:22 am   Permalink

awesome.
i wonder if you're using some sort of electric drill or other power tool makes a sounds that attracts them?


 
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TikiLaLe
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From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2006-08-24 9:28 pm   Permalink

Swigging down some chippy PBR want did you expect, suprising you didn't have Busch Gardens at your door !!!!

 
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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2006-08-27 3:37 pm   Permalink

I have several families of owls in the palm trees on my property. Most years there are enough palm fronds for them to nest in but not this year. I think they are barn owls, they have white wings from the bottom and they are grey. They are smaller than a great horned owl. It was so noisy a few years ago with three nests full of babies but it was cool. Hopefully they will like tiki carving as well and settle in next year and if they don't like carving, oh well. I will post some pictures when they return next year.

Ojaitimo



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TampaTiki
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Joined: Mar 20, 2006
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From: Tampa Floirda
Posted: 2007-02-17 4:46 pm   Permalink

Ok, I slacked and totally forgot about this thread. I'm sorry I missed the GREAT things you all had to say and the positive input!

We were not using any power tools at all, actually...only rubber mallets and chisels. I think I posted a pic of this guy before, but here is the one I was working on while the visitors were around. I ended up coating him with some deck waterproofing and the rain beads off of him like it does on a duck's back. Hope the owls come back this Spring/Summer!



Take care, have fun and WATCH THOSE KNUCKLES!
-TampaTiki




 
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