There are three photos on this page:
1. Eastern Screech Owl, nestlings
2. Young Rufous (red) Eastern Screech
recovering from a gunshot wound
3. Eastern Screech Owl, red adult,
recovering from a car strike
Belonging to the Owl family along with the Barred Owl, this small bird of prey has "ear"
tufts, clumps of feathers on its head that it can raise and lower.
The Screech Owl is a cavity nester and nocturnal, often sleeping
during the day in hollow trees. This species will nest in manmade
boxes, and nesting begins as early as February. These owls can
be gray or reddish brown in color, and the female is usually
larger than the male. Screech Owls feed on mice (and some insects)
and are sometimes harmed by eating poisoned mice. They are also
frequently hit by cars at night. This owl does not generally
The young nestlings shown in the first photo on this page
were brought to us after their nest was disturbed, and eventually
fostered into another Screech Owl nest.
When the second Owl shown on this page was photographed,
he had been found just a few days before with a gunshot through
the forewing which had broken his ulna (elbow) mid-shaft. He
had been brought to an animal hospital, but had stayed there
without treatment for nearly 12 hours. Finally, he was rescued
by a veterinarian and brought to us. When he arrived here, he
was terrified and still bleeding. However, he stayed with us
just about a month and made a complete recovery. We released
him back to the wild when we were assured he could hunt and kill
his own food.
After being hit by a car, the adult Owl shown in the third
photo here was also successfully treated by us and returned to
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