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News: Owls
« on: November 12, 2009, 20:42 »
Owl takes a break on North Sea platform

A migrating owl caused a stir after landing on a North Sea oil platform.

Workers on Brae Bravo thought it was a hoot when they found the long-eared owl, which was covered in grease and oil.  Staff on the Marathon Oil installation cleaned up the owl, fed and watered it and sent it on a boat to be cared for at a rescue centre.  

Today an RSPB expert said the nocturnal creature would have been migrating south for the winter – and decided to have a rest on the way.  Hywel Maggs, the RSPB’s regional farmland birds officer, described the bird as a “stowaway” on the platform, which is 130 miles off the coast of Aberdeen.  

Mr Maggs said: “The long-eared owl is a resident species in the UK but also in northern Europe.  
“Birds from Northern Europe and Scandinavia will be migrating during the Autumn to the UK and further south. And this bird would have been on its way to its wintering ground. The owl has ended up on a platform as quite often birds that are on route will stop off wherever possible.”

The bird, which has distinctive long ears and piercing orange eyes, was dubbed Ollie by staff on the platform.  Mr Maggs said the stop-off-point in the open sea would have been too much of a temptation to resist for the owl.  And he said the main reason for the bird’s stop would have been to have a break from its journey.


 

http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/1476084?UserKey=
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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2009, 20:53 »
Great Horned Owl at Raptor Education Group improving

On October 24, a young female Great Horned Owl was admitted to REGI. From the site:

Later this evening we admitted a beautiful young female Great-horned Owl that had been shot. She was lucky to have been found by caring people that called and brought her to REGI as soon as they could. The owl weighs only 2 lbs which is well under her normal weight. She is anemic and was dehydrated as well. She was stabilized and put in a heated box for the night. Tomorrow we will have a better idea as to her prognosis. Shooting is illegal for these state and federally protected birds but it seems there are those out there that either don't understand that or don't care. It is a sad statement for our society.



Today's update is much more encouraging:

This Great-horned Owl in the photo [below] is a great story. She was admitted after she was shot. She was not found for several days or more after the incident. By the time she arrived she was suffering from starvation. The starvation was so advanced we were fairly certain she would not be able to survive. The young owl surprised us with her pluck and determination. She is now eating on her own and beginning to fly. She has months of rehabilitation ahead of her before release. She will likely be with us through the winter season. When a bird is starved, the flight muscles are atrophied. They are unable to fly. That is why our exercise flights are so important as they need to build their muscles up to a normal state.



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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009, 22:15 »
Owl Caught In Trap To Be Euthanized

Trapped Owl Found In Moodus

DEEP RIVER, Conn. -- An animal rehabilitation center in Deep River said it cannot save an owl found in a steel-jaw leg-hold trap and will have to euthanize the bird.

The barred owl was found on Clark Gate Road in Moodus Wednesday with a trapping device hanging from its right foot.

Officials captured the bird and took it to Deep River, where it will be euthanized Friday morning.

A similar incident sparked outrage among animal activists in January. The rehabilitation center, A Place Called Hope, called for a ban of the traps, but the law never made it past the Judiciary Committee.

Members of the center said they will continue to push for the traps to be made illegal.

http://www.wfsb.com/news/21735507/detail.html

There is a video of the owl at the link - what a beautiful Barred Owl. This is just so very sad.

 

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2009, 21:01 »
A reward has been offered for information about the trapping of a Barred Owl last week (see post above):

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for trapping a federally protected owl in Moodus last week.  

Residents found the owl struggling on Clarke Gate Road in Moodus on Wednesday. A wildlife rehabilititor captured the bird and found a rusty leghold trap clamped tightly to the owl's foot.  The injury was so bad that the owl was euthanized Friday. Trapping a federally protected bird, such as a barred owl, is a federal offense under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Department of Environmental Protection at (860)424-3333.


I hope they find the individual responsible and pursue this to the full extent of the law.
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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2009, 19:42 »
California: SPCA for Monterey County rescues barn owl

The SPCA for Monterey County performed an emergency wildlife rescue this morning on El Paso Road in Salinas.

A barn owl was tangled in fishing line and unable to fly. The call originally came in to rescue an owl trapped in a barbed wire fence, but this is not what SPCA Wildlife Center Technicians found on arrival to the scene.

The rescue went smoothly and caretakers are hopeful the barn owl will be able to be released soon. Examination at the SPCA Wildlife Center revealed no fractures or dislocations, but the owl is favoring that wing so are closely monitoring the situation.

The SPCA for Monterey County is a nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. They are not a chapter of any other agency and they do not have apparent organization. They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress.

The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County. The SPCA Wildlife Center’s professional staff operates under permits from the California Department of Fish & Game and rescues over 2,600 wild animals every year.


Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20091217/NEWS01/91217023/1002/SPCA+for+Monterey+County+rescues+barn+owl

 
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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 19:53 »
Injured Great Horned Owl Rescued from Train Tracks

CALGARY - C-Train operator Warren Duclan was pulling into the Bridgeland station for his first morning run on Tuesday when a shadow crossed the tracks. A large bird had swooped down from westbound Memorial Drive and slid under the platform a few feet before him. Duclan instantly put on the brakes and prayed he wouldn't hit the creature.

After apologizing for the delay to his passengers, Duclan climbed under the platform and spotted the two large yellow eyes of an injured female great horned owl peering back at him.

"She was flopping and struggling and trying to get away from me, but I think with the injuries she had, she couldn't get away. She was pretty weak and wet," he said. Duclan wrapped the approximately two-year-old female owl in his blue Calgary Transit vest to keep it warm before bringing her into the train's cab and calling for help.

In a stroke of luck, Calgary Transit supervisor Brian Moreland happened to be on duty. Moreland has spent the last six years volunteering with the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, a non-profit that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals. He was relieved to see the 1.81-kilogram bird was relatively docile and secure when he met up with Duclan's train downtown.

"I'm fairly certain she was probably hit by a car on Memorial Drive and then flew over into the right-of-way. There have been numerous incidents of owls and birds of prey hit by vehicles in city limits," said Moreland.

The injured owl was taken to the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society for treatment. Her prognosis looks good, said wildlife technician Sara Jordan-McLachlan.

"There is a right-wing fracture, but other than that she looks in pretty good shape. We'll have to do further exams and hopefully we can fix her up," said Jordan-McLachlan.  The rehabilitation society treats and then releases injured birds and small animals. Unfortunately, calls to rescue a wounded owl aren't uncommon in Calgary.  The non-profit group receives one every three weeks or so, said Jordan-McLachlan.

While they have the veterinary staff to offer treatment, the rehabilitation society depends on volunteers to alert it to an animal in need, said Moreland.

"It is always invaluable to have people step up to the plate and help rather than look the other way. He certainly knew what he was doing. It was fantastic for the owl," he said.  

Duclan is just relieved the owl will get the help she requires to return to the wild. "I'm happy she's doing better now and she will hopefully manage to get back her strength and get back to flying soon," he said.


http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Train+driver+rescues+wounded/2391155/story.html
 

 
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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010, 20:04 »
Two barred owls, each of whom had been hit by a car, have been taken in by REGI.

Here is one of them; they are such beautiful birds:



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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010, 18:48 »
Hoo-Hooo! You Chopped Down Our Home

Reunited owl family a reminder of wildlife laws
By JESSICA GREENE

A pair of baby barn owls accidentally left for dead are on the mend in the South Bay.

The birds, only a couple weeks old, were found on the ground Tuesday in San Jose after a trimming tree company cut down the palm tree where they lived, WildRescue's Rebecca Dmytryk said. The parents flew away.

A passerby spotted the owlets on the side of the road and called rescuers. There were three babies but one died before the rescue effort got in full swing.

Experts at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley took the birds under their wings for the next few days. They had to rehydrate and feed the babies and get them ready for their final step -- heading back to a place where their parents could take over. They built a box for the owlets and mounted it on a post in the same yard and waited for the parents to come back.

On Friday, they did. The family reunion went well and after a few adjustments to the new nest on Saturday, the family looks to be on their way back to normal. Barn owls are resilient, Dmytryk says, and will be able to make up for the time apart easily. The man who owns the property was happy to help. He said he had no idea owls were living in his palm tree.

Barn owls are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Disturbing them is a federal crime and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife  Service could become involved in an investigation.

The landscaping company hired to do the trimming was surprised to hear they could be in trouble. They had a permit from the city, they told us by phone Saturday night, and said they were doing what they were supposed to do. A representative from the company said the trimmer saw an adult owl fly out when they were knocking the tree down then saw two others fly away so they kept cutting. He said he didn't see any babies, and if he had, he would have taken them for help.

But Dmytryk said the babies are far from ready for flying. "They're like little grapefruits with fuzz on them." While she doubts the tree trimmer's story, she says it serves as a valuable lesson for that company and helps get the word out about the importance of the laws.


http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Whooooo-Cut-Down-Our-Home-90547879.html


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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2010, 18:19 »
Owl adopts ducklings born in 30ft-high nest

A tawny owl is acting as surrogate mother to two ducklings born 30ft (9.1m) up a tree after their natural mother laid her eggs in the wrong nest.

Mary Hartley was expecting to see owlets after four eggs appeared in her nest box in Marple Bridge, Stockport. But when she checked a nest box camera she was surprised to find two Mandarin ducklings jumping around inside. Despite the perilous height of the box, Mrs Hartley said they would eventually climb out and "float down".

The bird enthusiast has had owls nesting in her garden for the past 25 years.

'Very caring'

Two owlets, also born in the nest, are being cared for by the mother alongside the two-day-old ducklings. Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Hartley said: "We think that the mandarin duck must have gone into the box - because we have two pairs of mandarins - and laid her eggs and suddenly realised it was the owl box.

"Because when the owl came back she then laid her own eggs in the box - confusion all round."

But even though the ducklings' surrogate mother is a predator, she has shown no sign of aggression towards them.

"She's been very good," Mrs Hartley said. "She's been very caring, although it does confuse her a little when she tries to feed them with meat - because of course they don't like it."

Another mandarin duck has already successfully raised 13 ducklings born in another - albeit empty - owl box in the garden, leading Mrs Hartley to believe the current pair will survive.

"They all managed to jump out of the box on their own as mother calls them," Mrs Hartley added. "And because the box is 30ft up the tree it's quite exciting as she waits at the bottom to see if they can float down and she can take them to the stream."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/8682411.stm

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012, 11:28 »
Birders setting safety aside to catch rare glimpse of Great Grey Owl, police say
by the Canadian Press / 10 January 2012

Birdwatchers flocking to southwestern Ontario to view a Great Grey Owl are causing provincial police some concerns.Police say the presence of the owl in the Kingsville area has drawn attention from all over the country and the U.S.

Full article & photo: Birders setting safety aside to catch rare glimpse of great grey owl

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 18:52 »
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...sure thinking about taking a few days off and heading to Kingsville  ???

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012, 11:17 »
Really Dennis?  I am hoping to get down there in a week or so.  Wishing us both good luck on that venture!

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2012, 18:32 »
Good LUCK Eagle...do send photos  ;)

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2012, 23:06 »
This is a story my sister sent me regarding the amazing number of Snowy Owl sightings in the USA this year - including one in Hawaii around American Thanksgiving......she knew we were heading there in January:

http://www.nola.com/pets/index.ssf/2012/01/like_magic_harry_potters_snowy.html

And unfortunately, this is the follow-up story that my husband found in a Hawaii newspaper while we were there:




Hard to believe...and very sad!

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2012, 06:18 »
That's absolutely horrible.  :'( Surely there was some other way than killing this poor bird!