Great Horned Owls


Posted by SantaFeJoe on Sun Apr 23, 2023 5:55 am

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An adult GHOwl and owlet at nest in a local park. Image captured with Samsung Galaxy s22 Ultra a couple of days ago and processed in MIX app on phone. 
BTW, the owlet from my last post was captured about four blocks away by a wildlife rescue crew and returned to the park, just to have it disappear once again. I cannot understand why they didnt hold on to it and release it when it could fly and fend for itself soon. They specialize in raptors. I had also called the New Mexico Game and Fish Dept. to see if they could come out to capture it. The officer I spoke to said that the adults would probably carry the owlet up to the nest!!! No way!!! The owlet is large and that could never happen. Besides, the nest is overcrowded with three large owlets. I’m amazed at the lack of knowledge displayed on the part of “wildlife specialists”. I doubt that the owlet will survive on it’s own, being that it already strayed four blocks away from it’s parents in a neighborhood full of dogs and coyotes. I’m not optimistic! It’s two siblings remain in the nest as of last evening.

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by Danny Young on Sun Apr 23, 2023 7:03 am
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Some authorities Joe make no sense at all, while others do. I know the frustration well.

Anyway, a great read and nice shot from the phone Joe. Just hope all is well with it.


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by david fletcher on Sun Apr 23, 2023 7:56 am
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Mind boggling! One wonders how they acquired their role in wildlife rescue. Hoping all well with it and yourself.
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by Carol Clarke on Sun Apr 23, 2023 11:33 am
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Some so called experts and rescuers are, to put it politely, a joke. Some do a great job. Unfortunately for this little owlet, it was put at the mercy of the jokes. Let's hope for the best, Joe.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Apr 23, 2023 12:01 pm
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So sorry to read of this poor handling. Any evidence of the parents feeding it? Tough situatin. Glad the other 2 are OK so far.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Apr 23, 2023 5:02 pm
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That is really surprising, you would think they know what they are doing.
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by SantaFeJoe on Sun Apr 23, 2023 8:07 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote: So sorry to read of this  poor handling. Any evidence of the parents feeding it?  Tough situatin. Glad the other 2 are OK so far.
The parents didn’t seem to pay much attention to the one on the ground day before yesterday afternoon.There were people around keeping an eye out on him from a distance before he left the area. A friend of mine talked to the person who called the rescue people who captured it at his garage.  He said  they just returned it to the park, only for it to disappear again. I haven’t heard anymore and won’t be able to get to the park today to check things out. We’ll probably never know what happened to the owlet. 

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