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A Great horned owl nestling fell out of it's nest. The nest just appeared to have come a bit apart. There wasn't a very high wind involved. This is the same nest where ghowls killed the Cooper's hawks last summer and took over this year. Perhaps the nest is haunted by ghosts of cooper's past
In any event the owner of the residence found it on the ground one morning. One of the parent owls was in a tree watching it. The owner called me. When I got there we picked it up, rehydrated it and put in a tree where we hoped the parents would continue to feed it. The nestling was too young to be able to remain in this location so the owner lodged a wicker basket in a shaded location in the tree. I haven't heard if this was a success yet.
The wicker basket nest fell from the tree along with junior during the night. Next morning he was fiesty. She jammed the basket nest in another tree. When I came up around noon we relocated the basket nest and I secured it higher in a tree, gave the site a limb for the parent to land and also provided some shade. We will see if this suffices.
The first image is when we first started the rescue mission prior to putting it in a tree.
Second is the baby in the basket nest.
Third is the male supervising the renovation. He was there for about an hour while we screwed around finding a suitable spot and securing it. He was about 40 ft up in a nearby tree. He never said a word.
© normsmith 2012
a dislodge great horned owl nestling
Canon PowerShot G12 6 mm f/4.0 1/500 sec 160 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 50D 70 mm f/14.0 1/200 sec 400 ISO -0.7 EV
Papa owl supervising the renovation,
Edited on Apr 24, 2012 at 08:02 PM · View previous versions