05252017 Eastern Screech Owl - 1
Thursday afternoon, while sitting on her front porch, a resident on W Creighton St, Fort Wayne, saw an owl fly onto the porch and crash into a window. She picked it up and it stood on her leg. She contacted Soarin Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation for pick up. Upon arrival, the juvenile Eastern Screech Owl was standing on her leg while she sat on the porch. He was very timid, but otherwise appeared injury free. No nest or parents were located and loose pets were observed, so he was placed into a transport box and delivered to Dr. Pat Funnell for exam and treatment.
After just a little over a week of watching two older screech babies eat, this owl learned to tear up whole food on it's own. Once they can tear food and not rely on hand feeding, this is the next step in rehabilitation. This baby screech was finally transferred from home day care to the flight pens so he can stretch his wings and prepare for his release in about 3 months. Between now and then, we will make sure he is able to hunt for his own food by putting live mice in the pens with him.
This orphaned screech owl is doing great! It shares a pen with a few more orphaned screeches. They will all catch live prey before they are released late summer.