05252017 Eastern Screech Owl - 2

Location of Rescue: 
Berne, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
possibly blown out of nest
UPDATE: This little gray phase eastern screech owl came back to our facility in early September for “live” feeding training and passed this milestone within two days. Since this little one didn’t really have a home to go back to, as it was picked up by a DNR conservation officer, we decided to release it with another screech owl, which happened to be a red phase in Decatur, IN, which isn’t too far from its original pickup location in Berne, IN. At the location where it was released on September 21, 2017, the homeowner decided to give this little “gray phase” the name "Woody." Both owls flew beautifully and hopefully they will make this their “forever home” in Decatur, IN.

I received a call from IN Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Officer Harmon regarding a juvenile Owl that had been found in Lehman Park, Berne, IN. He was transporting the owl to Fort Wayne and we met for the exchange. The juvenile Eastern Screech Owl appeared young and injury free after being blown from his nest. His nest mates did not survive. After a brief exam, he was placed in a transport box, wrapped in small towels and blankets for warmth. HE was delivered to Dr. Pat Funnell with Soarin Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation for exam and care.


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.  



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