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Owl Attacking Lake Harriet & Minnehaha Pkwy

This summer I've noticed the beautiful owls down by the creek and Harriet down 48th street. I was walking down Humbolt at dusk and an owl swooped and grabbed my head from behind. Had no idea what happened until I hung out and saw 2 of them way up in the trees. Then the bigger one came at me again and I got out of there. I read that they can be attracted to ponytails? Maybe he thought I was a squirrel. Regardless, people should be careful in that area at dusk.
Cathy Schlegel August 12, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Leigh, I am wondering what time of year this was happening. Was it earlier this spring? Thanks!
Leigh August 12, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Hi Cathy - no this was last wednesday. I wonder if I walked by their prey they thought I was going to take it? Or maybe one of them was old/injured or protecting a younger one? Not sure. I've seen and heard them screech down there all summer when I walk down 48th to jog around the lake. Hanging out on the power lines and in the trees.. Their were two I saw that night. The one came at me was big...probably 20" tall. Scared the crap out of me. I've been pretty nervous to walk down there now, I didn't hear them tonight thankfully.

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