Twenty four hours ago Hazel and Telly found a young owl in the grove. I have been hearing an owl for several months straight west of the house and that’s where I found the owl on the ground with Hazel and Telly wanting to attack and kill it. I made them come with me to the house and hoped for the best. This morning the owl was not there. Whew!
About noon I saw a very large bird fly over and wondered, just wondered if it was the mama owl. Sure enough I found the juvenile owl not far from the spot I saw it last night. What to do? Take off my sweatshirt and cover the owl’s head, pick him up and walk to the house where I put him inside a cat carrier.
Now what? I called and left a message for the local conservation officer. Waiting, waiting for him to call me back and while I waited I decided to take the owl to Reed’s house to show him – I knew he’d want to see it and so did everybody else. Then I went to Concord to show Gayle who is so interested in wildlife.
The conservation officer called me back and I stopped at his house – he told me there was not much he could do except take the young owl to the wildlife area near my house. I knew he wouldn’t make it without his mom nearby to feed him but if I put him back in the grove, the dogs would surely find him.
Soooooooo – knowing a huge tree limb had landed on our fence close to where the owl was found, I decided to put him on that limb. The conservation officer told me the young owl was a “brancher” – old enough to hop around on a branch or limb but not yet able to fly and still dependent on mom to feed him.
Becky and Tom were bringing pizza for supper to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary so after we ate Becky and I loaded the ladder and the owl on the golf cart and drove to the west side of our property where the tree was laying on the fence. I positioned the ladder and made sure it was solid.
Here’s where Becky accidentally switched to video so bear with me. I had on leather gloves and with a towel I pulled the terrified owl out of the cat carrier.
So…..the videos will not load even though they’re only 1-3 seconds but I held on to his feet and he flapped his wings and I took him up the ladder and sat him on the limb.
It was a thrilling few minutes – I remember saying I wanted to be a bird trainer when I grew up – ha!
This is how we left him.
And as we drove away, the sweetest thing happened – the mama owl flew into the next tree! It was as if she had been waiting for her baby to come back.
And as Becky always says, there’s never a dull moment around here – it’s always something! And this “something” was thrilling!