Those of you who visit my site often or even daily will remember that I helped to rescue a Short-eared Owl fledgling back in June that had gotten hung up on a barbed wire fence. In early July I wrote an update on the young owl that is was not going to be released because its wing was so damaged by the barbed wire that it wouldn’t survive in the wild.
I can now give another update on the Short-eared Owl, he will be going to Hawkwatch International in October to be used as an educational bird! So I might get to see the beautiful owl again that I helped to get off of that fence. It took many people including myself to help rescue and save the owl and everyone should get a round of applause.
I know that by now the Short-eared Owl doesn’t look much like he did the day we got him off of that fence as a fledgling because this species grows up fast and he probably looks more like the male owl in the photo above except for a few retained remiges and retrices. WRCNU (Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah) staff and volunteers especially since they have cared for him since June.
I hope to see him again after Hawkwatch International becomes his new home. He has come a long way from that fence.
Life is good.