We love to rescue cats, but when another animal needs our help, we try our best to help ANY animal in need...
Yesterday, it was a family of Great Horned Owls in Kent. The owl babies had fallen to the ground, but thankfully, the parents were still taking care of their precious babies...even though their nest was completely destroyed (by crows, raccoons or wind?..)
A local group, called FeatherHaven, contacted us to help relocate these babies back up in the tree...and rebuild their nest. The best makeshift nest, in this case, was a laundry basket filled with comfy, natural stuff and tightly secured to the tree to prevent it from falling.
Once the “nest” was secured and the babies placed back in the tree, it was only a matter of time before mom and dad were back keeping their babies warm and fed. During this whole process, the adult owls were hooting, in concern, from adjacent trees and even swooped in (very close!) just to make sure we were taking good care of their babies.
We received an update from the folks at FeatherHaven today that the owl family was happy with their new home! We were so thrilled to help these owls & hear this good news today! #owls#owlsofinstagram#greathornedowl#welovebirdstoo#babyowls
I almost always have my camera in my car. Luckily, I did today too.
I saw my very first ever owl in nature! This girl was hanging out in her nest in an old tree in Ephrata along the Cocalico Creek. Dad was in the woods nearby protecting the area and I didn't get the chance to see him yet (nor the eggs she is possibly sitting on). She is a Great Horned Owl - Pennsylvania's biggest and most powerful owl species! ⠀
I may go back soon to be a bit more patient, to try different settings, and to use a tripod - and to find Dad too! I owe this first find to two people. ⠀
My co-worker @kdhinch who told me about the general location and the old damaged tree this past week and to a great man that happened to be in the right spot at the right time - and pointed me in the right direction! He has also photographed the owl pair over the years. The shots he showed me gave me goosebumps - so clear, crisp, and close-up - just simply amazing. But better than the owl, in 10 minutes, he gave me some amazing tips and advice for next time! I learned so much from him. I truly appreciated the time he took to help me today and we are now friends on Facebook! ⠀
So, here are a few of my shots I snapped. These were taken from the other side of the creek - and maybe 50 or so yards away ... and with just a Canon t3i and a 300mm lens. Hope to get more soon!
Successfully reunited!!!! After just a week in our care we were able to get this little one back to her wild family. When our team arrived at the nest site, we discovered a second baby had fallen from the nest and was clinging to the lowest branch of the tree. Inspection of the nest revealed that it was too small for the three growing birds that originally occupied it and only the largest one now remained in the nest. It is not uncommon for larger juveniles to push out their smaller siblings while competing for space and food in the nest. Knowing this, our team had come prepared with a laundry basket nest that we were able to secure near the original one and put both the fallen juveniles back into. Both parents we sighted in a nearby tree and were hooting unhappily until we left. We are so glad that we were able to get this kid back where she belongs and we’re sure that she was happy to see her parents as well.
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