Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 13th, 2011- Friday the 13th

Ok so this day has been long so it will be written in two parts. This morning we got in a fledgling Pygmy Owl. Although upon first sight he didn't look so great we quickly realized he was a healthy and fat fledgling.

After calling the people who brought him in and talking to Monteen at we decided it would be best to try to put him back with his family. Once we arrived at the site we discovered another surprise waiting for us in the grass.....a second one!

After looking around a bit we were able to find the nest cavity they had jumped out of. Their was another owl sticking his head out of the hole in the palm tree staring down at us. Not sure if it was one of the parents or another baby about to make the leap of faith. 

We ended up being able to place the two little ones up on a tree trunk. As soon as we stepped away they started to scream for their parents and within minutes their was an adult sitting in a branch overhead. 

The people who originally brought us the first owl and who's property the owls were on were very very concerned for the little guys. A special thank you goes out to them for caring enough to call and get advice! 

A bit of info: fledgling is the word used to describe birds that jump out of the nest before they are able to fly. This is normal and all birds do this. They hop around on the ground for a day or two and then are able to make it up to small trees and bushes. While this is happening the parents are still coming down to feed them. Unless a bird is in immediate danger it is suggested that you leave the bird where it is and watch to make sure the parents are feeding it. If they are then you can leave it where it is! It is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing. If you think the bird is sick or something else is wrong then call a local rehabber right away to get advice. It is a myth that if you touch a baby bird the parents reject it so if it is in immediate danger please get it out of harms way.

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