The Hunkered Down Owl

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A Bent Tree resident took some fantastic photos of a barred owl yesterday. The photo above was taken early in the morning when the temperature was 14°. The owl was still on the same branch several hours later when the sun hit the tree. Many thanks to the photographer for sharing the photos. Click on the owl in the photo below to zoom.

February 20, 2015 - Barred Owl in Bent Tree

February 20, 2015 – Barred Owl in Bent Tree

Rehabilitated Owl circa 1970

This post isn’t about Bent Tree, but does say something about my interest in wildlife (one of the reasons I wound up here). In the early 1970’s an injured owl turned up in our yard. I took care of it for a couple of weeks, and it was able to fly away. I recently came across photos from my one and only wildlife rehabilitation adventure (shown below). Today, a quick internet search shows that caring for an injured raptor, without proper permits, is illegal.

Here is a current quote from the Georgia DNR website: “INJURED RAPTORS – Should you encounter an injured or dead raptor, it is important to know that both federal and state laws render it illegal to harm or possess these birds. The best solution is to contact the Wildlife Resources Division or a certified wildlife rehabilitation center. These agencies have the proper credentials, such as licensing, and the experience to handle, transport and assist these birds.”

Oops. Hopefully, after 40+ years, any statute of limitations has run its course. According to several internet sources, an injured wild bird should never be put in a wire cage. Forty years ago, there was no World Wide Web. Luckily, somehow, it all worked out for the owl.

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Successful owl rehab in the early 1970's