I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. On
November 19th I was out for a walk in Central Park (Vancouver). It
was dusk just before dark when I got hit in the head from behind by
an owl. I didn't know what it was at the instant it hit me until it
flew off in front of me and landed above in a tree. I stopped and
looked up to it for a minute and I made a cooing noise. When I
proceded to leave again it hit me in the head a second time but
harder. I have a very small puncture mark on the side of my head
but it did not bleed. I checked the internet to see if there was
any other incidents and I could only find one that was on this site
so I thought I would tell you about it. No one else I know has ever
heard of it happening.
Due to the timing of this note (November, I am assuming that the owl in
question is a Great Horned Owl. It is possible that it is one of the
smaller owls found in B.C..
November and December is the primary time for Great Horned Owls to
establish their home territories for the up-coming nesting season.
Dependiong upon the latitude, they lay their eggs in
January/February. The owl was not interested in harming you, but
more to chase you away. You were probably near its prime nesting
area. GHO's have a fear for humans.
I was sent copies of a couple clippings from Vancouver newspapers regarding
barred owls attacking people in a park, I did not keep the clippings and
don't remember if it was this park, sounds very much like you've experienced
the same type of incident. Barred owls were the species in those incidents.
The clippings were from several weeks ago, maybe late October or early
November. You might check past issues of your local papers.
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