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Saturday night after messing with the Super Moon, I checked on the owlet. He was looking good and a parent was nearby and hooted at me. The next morning the owlet was nowhere to be found, nor were either of the parents. There were no signs of predation--no feathers, blood, tracks on the ground, nor signs of a struggle in the dust on the ground. The property owner and I searched the grounds for the owlet to see if it had fallen from the nest tree and was hiding in the vegetation.

If the owlet was still alive and on the ground the parents would still be attending it. The owlet was too young to fly and this was confirmed by a raptor biologist friend of mine. The fledgling owl might have been killed by other GHOs. This sometimes happens. It also might have been killed by a bobcat that was seen nearby a few days ago. It also might have fallen to the ground and was snatched by a coyote. We will never know.

As a wildlife biologist, I rarely get emotionally attached to wildlife and I'm not too upset about this bird. The landowner realizes that we did our best and it was up to the parents to finish the job, but she feels bad about losing the little owl. Nature is nature.
Norm



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May 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
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Can't believe how well this has all turned out Norm and you have got to be smiling a mile wide I imagine

With skill and grace and a minimum of intrusion, you gave this one a chance to glide in the night air. Mega kudos to you and to those who may have helped you pull this off Norm. Your karma point basket is full good Sir

Tom



May 06, 2012 at 04:15 AM
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Thomas Sanders wrote:
Can't believe how well this has all turned out Norm and you have got to be smiling a mile wide I imagine

With skill and grace and a minimum of intrusion, you gave this one a chance to glide in the night air. Mega kudos to you and to those who may have helped you pull this off Norm. Your karma point basket is full good Sir

Tom


Thanks Tom. After rehydrating the fluffball, all we really did was get it up off the ground in a makeshift nest and let the adults do their thing. That said, the property owner and I are quite happy,

Norm



May 06, 2012 at 04:33 AM
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Great story. Glad to see the little fellow doing so well.
Harsha



May 06, 2012 at 04:54 AM
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Nice work Norm
David



May 06, 2012 at 08:03 AM
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thanks Harsha and David.
Norm



May 06, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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Glad to see this is turning out well Norm, well done.

Mike



May 06, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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mike717 wrote:
Glad to see this is turning out well Norm, well done.

Mike

Thanks Mike, We did our part and now it's up to the parents.
Norm



May 06, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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p.1 #9 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


great outcome Norm


May 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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p.1 #10 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Real nice Story, thanks for the update.
Mark



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p.1 #11 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Thanks Kenny and Mark.
Norm



May 06, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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p.1 #12 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


You have put a smile on my face Norm ~ Ron


May 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM
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p.1 #13 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Way to go Norm! A proud adoptive "parent"
Douglas



May 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
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p.1 #14 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Hi Norm,

Walking up a diagonal branch is normal behavior for the fledgling. It appears you have saved itís young life. First flight is in a few weeks. Good luck capturing it.

Morris



May 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Looks like he's doing well Norm. Thanks for the update.


May 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #16 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Norm, you have to be so happy about this ! Wonderful to see him doing so well thanks to you.

Birdie



May 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #17 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Nice shot Norm.

Paul.



May 06, 2012 at 07:45 PM
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p.1 #18 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Wonderful story and update Norm.

Thanks,

Ted



May 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
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p.1 #19 · Final Update---Fallen GHW fledgling


Awesome!! Thanks for the update


May 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM
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Just lovely to see!!! Warms the heart. Don


May 07, 2012 at 01:57 AM
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