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cross-posted from: https://lemmus.org/post/5300773

A guy walks into a bar with an owl...

Super-Fun-Pak Comix by Ruben Bolling for May 23, 2024.

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Note: Title pic is not the baby owl in question, but there wasn't a good photo of it, so this is just a Tawny Owl chick from Wikipedia

From BBC:

A woman has become an unlikely social media star in her Cornish village - all thanks to a family of tawny owls.

Diane Knight had set up a CCTV system so she could watch the owls nesting in her barn near Carnon Downs, Cornwall.

But when the male owl stopped bringing the female food, Mrs Knight stepped in. Her work to supply the owl and the baby owlet with dead mice has proved popular on the village's Facebook page.

Mrs Knight's owl obsession started through watching the pair of tawny owls on a nest-cam she had set up.

She said the male owl was injured in a fight with a rival owl and stopped bringing the female the food she needed while sitting on her single egg.

Mrs Knight, 69, took advice and started buying dead mice, stocked as snake food by local pet shops, soon racking up a bill of more than £100.c

She was told to place the mice on a nearby beam to avoid disturbing the nest, which involved climbing up a 15ft (4.5m) ladder.

She also started to share stills and video on the Carnon Downs And Surrounding Area Notice Board on Facebook and was inundated with offers of help from followers.

"They've been brilliant," she said. "One gentlemen paid for 30 and another lady she paid for 20 so I've got 50 dead mice waiting for me.

"We've got enough now, we've got a freezerful."

Her regular owl updates on Facebook are attracting dozens of likes and comments.

"I am a little bit addicted to it myself, I haven't watched television for months," she said.

"I cannot believe how one little owlet has brought the community together.

"I went to the dentist and the first thing they said to me is 'Are you the Owl Lady of Carnon Downs?'."

Mrs Knight has named the owlet Dorothea - Dotty for short - and is hoping the young bird is soon learn to fly, leave the nest and hunt for its own mice dinners.

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From BBC:

Endoscopes are being put to an unconventional use in the Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland.

The medical equipment - usually inserted into the human body to send back video images - is helping to check nest boxes for tawny owl chicks.

By attaching them to the end of a pole, Forestry and Land Scotland's (FLS) environment team is able to link to a mobile phone app and see inside.

It ensures they can check on numbers and their condition without having to disturb the occupants of the boxes.

The months of April and May are when the tawny owls typically brood young chicks.

About 40 nesting boxes have been installed across the site - most of them about three to four metres (10ft to 13ft) off the ground.

By using the endoscope, the team does not have to climb a ladder or take the lid off the boxes.

FLS said the boxes were aimed at providing breeding opportunities that would otherwise be harder to find, because conifer plantations lack suitable, natural, nesting sites like cavities in old trees.

Environment forester Kim Kirkbride said the use of the technology was much less intrusive than more traditional means had been.

"The endoscopes - and the likes of thermal imaging cameras - are becoming more well-used for ecological works," she explained.

"It is something that we have been using up here for the last couple of years now and that we're slowly moving more into because of the disturbance aspect.

"There is much less disturbance caused than putting your ladder up, going in and popping your head into the box."

She said it was important for them to check on the chicks at various stages during the breeding season.

"Obviously multiple trips to a box will cause disturbance and there are some species that will abandon the nesting area if they are disturbed," she added.

"A way you can do this without having too much disturbance is by using a camera on a pole.

"Then you can put your pole gently into the box and we have an app on our phones which means that that camera is being viewed via our phone."

From there they can see what is in the box, "take a quick picture or a quick film" and walk away with "minimal disturbance".

The information provided - which is shared with a local raptor study group - can be vital.

"Monitoring the boxes allows us to understand the distribution of tawny owls across an area," said Kim.

“It also means we can schedule any forestry operations around any successful breeding, so we don’t disturb these lovely creatures."

She said it was important that every effort was made to increase the population.

"Tawny owls are a native species to the United Kingdom and obviously found up here in Scotland but they are amber-listed so they are declining in numbers," she explained.

"One way that you can help boost populations is by improving the habitat but also putting up artificial den boxes in areas which may not have suitable nesting availability.

"Over the past 10 or 15 years we have been putting up boxes and monitoring them each year to look at the uptake of the species that are using them."

She said the results were promising.

"We have slowly started to see the increase in the number of birds using them," she said.

"Obviously we do have other competing factors up here in the likes of pine marten, for example, who will go for similar structures.

"But tawny owls are increasing in the boxes here in Galloway."

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From Owl Moon Raptor Center

It's the most wonderful (and busy) time of the raptor year...baby bird of prey season! Two species of owl babies are particularly common intakes at Owl Moon at the moment-great-horned owls and barred owls. Great -horned owls typically start breeding in late winter to early spring, while barred owls prefer to mate from spring to early summer. During this time, birds prepare for parenthood by selecting the perfect nesting spots and diligently tending their eggs until they hatch. After hatching, the parents go into overdrive feeding and protecting the nestlings and teaching essential skills for survival. As these baby birds grow, they undergo remarkable transformations that enable them to take flight and explore their surroundings. Sometimes they're a little too eager to leave the nest.

Two such early explorers were barred owl fledglings who decided to take their first flights much earlier than anticipated and ended up in Owl Moon's care. Our team ensured the continued safety of these adventurous flyers by carefully renesting them after providing care. The owlets will continue growing up under the watchful eyes of their parents.

A great horned owl fledgling was also successfully renested. When Owl Moon rescuer Malia arrived at the scene and detected no injuries to the owlet, she wasted no time in coordinating with Comprehensive Tree Care Inc. to renest using one of our laundry basket nests. Thanks to her swift and thorough assessment, this healthy young owl returned to his family-the best place for a growing raptor.

Remember, if you come across a baby bird, reach out before taking action. We can assess the nestling for injuries and reunite them with their nests or place them with foster families promptly. If the nest is damaged, we can provide replacements. Great-horned owls especially gravitate towards pre-made nests, so our work becomes a seamless part of their natural patterns.

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From Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

The Raptor Trauma Clinic team received a tiny patient last week. This pre-fledge Eastern Screech-Owl was found on a hot driveway, but the nest could not be located. With burns to its feet and hocks, it was admitted to the Center's ICU, where the team is closely monitoring its healing and growth. The "booties" pictured, handmade by Clinic staff, seem to be working to keep healing ointment on the feet.

Eastern Screech-Owls are cavity nesters, finding habitat in the large oaks around Central Florida and in dead and dying trees. The species does well in suburban areas, but keeping nest boxes in suitable locations and leaving dead or dying trees in areas away from asphalt and people are two ways to ensure flightless babies do not suffer burns if they fall from the nest.

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From Jay Grave

Oh hey?!!?!! There you are! This curious little fledgling was checking me out when I first found them high up in the trees! They would also fall asleep in this position and it has to have been one of the funniest things I've ever seen when finding baby Owls!

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From A Place Called Hope

Hatchling

Nestling

Brancher

The second pic is a baby nestling from Canterbury. Finder was told by "experts" to put baby back where it was found. Good thing they didn't listen! This Barred Owlet is too young to be out of cavity nest. Branching babies look older, are bigger, aren't as downy but not all feathers are done unfurling. Branchers are building muscle and abilities that will help them to learn how to fly. This baby is not at that stage yet so he/she will be returned to his parents as soon as our team can manage this project. There are still five other healthy babies awaiting their turn to go home. Our team has managed to put back 26 babies this season. When it's time for Canterbury, We will search for the original cavity to check for others and install a man made nest box for safety nearby. All nestlings will be snuggled together and the parents will coax them out to build muscle as feathers and age determines its time! And not a day before. special thanks to the finders who rescued this adorable baby and to our wonderful transporter Danielle who drove an hour plus each direction.

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From People:

Owls absent from the skies and trees of Austria for decades could be making a comeback.

Three rare Ural owls recently arrived at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland. The nocturnal birds once plentiful in Austria have been considered extinct in the European country since the mid-20th century, according to Zenger News.

For the past ten years, the Zurich Zoo has been working to reintroduce the Ural owl to Austria. Their three new Ural owl residents are a way for the facility to step up "its commitment to protecting the species" and helping the birds return to one of their native habitats.

According to the Zurich Zoo's Facebook page, their three Ural owls consist of one male and two females. In a post, the Swiss zoo shared that they are optimistic that the owls will have offspring, which "will hopefully contribute to conservation" of the species.

Ural owls are known for being silent hunters, per Zenger News. The birds can stealthily sneak up on prey without being heard thanks to their velvety, frayed-edge feathers and slow flight.

According to the IUCN Red List, while there are currently no wild Ural owls in Austria, the birds can be found throughout Russia and in numerous European countries, including Finland, Sweden, and Poland. It is estimated that over 350,000 Ural owls are living in the wild.

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From Kids News

I got redirected here from Google News, and I'm going to assume this is a legit media source as their logo is an owl. The story is actually written better than most mainstream media stories on owl rescues.

A starving barn owl has been rescued after being trapped inside a Melbourne Bunnings for more than a week.

It may have looked like the ultimate barn home for the owl, whose species tends to nest in the rafters of farm buildings, but after being stuck there for nine days without food, the poor creature had become sick and in need of help.

Wildlife rescuer Nigel Williamson was called into the west Melbourne Bunnings in Tarneit to save the hungry owl.

He said barn owls often became stuck in warehouses and he had saved four barn owls from warehouses across Melbourne in the last two weeks.

Owls enter warehouses after being chased by ravens, often because they’d tried to steal chicks or eggs from ravens’ nests, he said.

Mr Williamson attended the store last Thursday evening at about 7pm and had expected to wait until customers left at 9pm to rescue the bird. His plan was to use a scissor lift to reach the rafters of the Bunnings, where the animal was perched.

But the animal moved to a lower shelf and Mr Williamson was able to capture it before 8pm.

He said the owl had lost more than half of its body weight and may have only survived one more day without food.

“I know these are beautiful creatures but anyone who knows birds can see how sick this owl is,” Mr Williamson said.

“Normally they are bright and looking up but this bird was compromised, it was under 50 per cent its normal body weight. “A bird needs to eat a third of its size every day to survive, and after three days without food it would already have been compromised.”

He said not much could be done to prevent the birds coming inside but suggested if skylights were built into a roof, a section could be removed to help chase the bird out.

Owl rescues weren’t always easy and often depended on the personality of the bird, but Mr Williamson said he was successful most of the time.

He said Bunnings management had “done everything right” and had been in contact with Wildlife Victoria from the beginning.

Before its rescue, Bunnings regional manager Barbara Mclatchie said the Tarneit store had contacted local animal welfare groups to ensure the owl was relocated as soon as possible.

“(We) were in regular contact with Tarneit Bunnings and provided advice to encourage the owl out of the store or to engage a paid animal removal service,” the spokeswoman said.

“Turning off all internal lights, opening all doors and windows, and leading the animal towards external openings with food is often the best option and most stress-free solution for the animal.

“If uninjured, most native animals will make their way out of buildings when provided the opportunity to do so.”

If the animal doesn’t go freely, then it’s time to call in an expert such as Mr Williamson to capture it safely, she said.

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Photo by Dan Minicucci

I have been a photographer my entire life from about age 14 until now and have been very fortunate to see many extraordinary moments in time. This image is the first time I have ever seen anything like it. This barred owl was roosting in a tree and fell asleep it rested its chin on an adjacent branch and continued sleeping.

Parenting must be going exhausting for this poor owl!

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Photo by Summer Beeler

First time seeing a Barred Owlet!! Definitely an adorable little ball of fluff!!

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Photo by Alan Murphy

Even with its face showing, it's still very hidden!

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From Cynthia Rand

I spent some time with these Screech Owlets yesterday. It never gets old! These two babies will be Roufus morphs, you can tell by the red coloring around the eyes.

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Photos by Harold Wilion

One of my favorite shots of owls is their stretches. This is the wings over head stretch, and the other popular one, which I will post another day of him, is the one wing stretch.

Owls can literally "sleep" all day. It's more like a half sleep as they periodically open their eyes, do a little preening and the like, but basically remain in the same state of semi-sleep as I do until a couple hours after my morning coffee. When nap time is over, they go through the ritual of waking. They become very aware by opening their eyes wider, preening, stretching, pooping, and many times, coughing up a pellet. The actual stretch only lasts a few seconds, so it's much tougher to get a decent stretching shot than the normal shot of them sitting on a limb. Also, this usually happens when it is nearing dusk and often in deep woods, so one has to carefully balance shutter speed to stop the fluid motion of the stretch (unless you get a shot at one of the split seconds he stops moving), and ISO. In this instance my shutter was 1/100 and 6400. Many of my shots of this sequence had motion blur. I could have had more usable frames had bumped my to 1/200 and my to 12,500, but then there is the potential for more detail robbing noise than would like. So, if I spot an owl in the woods, if I deem the owl to be unstressed by my presence and know the owl to be tolerant of people like this one, I may stand or sit there for hours to capture those few seconds. I don't know why I find it so easy to sit in the woods for hours doing nothing, waiting for a shot, whereas God forbid get behind a car only going 5 miles above the speed limit, or a long line at the supermarket.

I find it fascinating that it takes them so long to go from sleep to finally flying off in a normal situation, whereas they of course have the ability to just fly at a moment's notice if a perceived predator should come into the picture.

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Photo by Harold Wilion

Speaking strictly as a photographer, the best thing that can happen when photographing newly fledged owlets is having one fall from a tree. Let me explain before you jump down my throat. I'm not talking about very young owlets that don't have any abilities yet. But once an owl starts branching or fledging, falling on the ground is just a normal, natural part of their development, and if left alone, are fully capable of finding their way back up into a tree. And I can tell you after having watched my first tree walk the other day, it was utterly fascinating and one of the coolest things I've ever seen in nature. Although this wasn't the best photo as my shutter was too slow so it needed some Topaz sharpening, it's a great example of how they "walk" up a tree using their talons and beak with a little help in propulsion and balance by flapping their wings. would say this owl "ran" as opposed to "walked" once he got going and couldn't believe how quick the process was. I was caught off guard so got very few usable shots as he would move out of the frame so quickly.

I just recently got done seeing a beautiful brood of 4 Barred owls fledge over the course of a few days, and this experience has yielded some of my favorite Barred owl photos ever. I will be posting more in the coming days when I've had a chance to finish going through them, so, stay tuned.

Video of a Barred baby climbing a tree (Not the same person or owl)

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I came across an article called Owls — Not Quite as Clever as We Think and after the post about AI generated images and today's is it real or isn't it pic of the Northern Lights , I felt now was the right time to share this article and see some of your opinions on the matter. I feels it's a good conversation starter on where video and camera magic ends vs what we would consider unreal, like the infamous Disney documentary on lemmings.

I'll share a few bits from the article, as you should go to the source for this one. It has some good stories and a lot of accompanying pictures.

From Owls -Not Quite as Clever as We Think, by Steven Bolwell

Here's a bit about why this article intrigued me:

Wildlife film-makers rarely admit to deception, but we all have to own up to the realities of what is possible in a world that is rapidly disappearing. I don’t think it matters one hoot whether an owl exits a real window, or a fake one, because nothing about the bird’s behaviour changes. Nobody questions an edit in a natural history film, because if an audience wanted to experience natural events in real-time they’d be waiting for days. However, as soon as you tighten up the progress of events the result is a story; and the real problem with telling a story is the disappointment of the viewer should they discover the deception.

I also enjoyed this guy does not appear to be a big fan of owls to start with, and many of his experiences show when he relied on them for his income, the owls could be less than cooperative.

I am aware that most owl enthusiasts would be singing the praises of experiencing such wonderful birds first hand, but I couldn’t wait to see the back of them. They whole thing had been a time consuming failure. I’d been unintentionally mislead about what these owls would do, and was a long way past the point where I was going to train them to fly through my phoney window. They were the wrong birds for the job and never again did I make such an expensive mistake.

And here is the story why our Flammulated Owl is not happy with the author and his crew:

A few years later I found myself in the high mountain woodlands of New Mexico filming the small nocturnal flammulated owl. It was a surprise when the scientist working with the birds told me he could chainsaw out the back of the tree they were nesting in and they would remain entirely undisturbed. If you needed to observe or weight young birds this was perhaps an effective way of doing it, but I was sceptical. Chainsawing a tree before the owls started nesting seemed a better option, but how many trees would you need to cut into to guarantee a nest being present later in the year? Predicting such events is very hit and miss.

The filming occurred more than 35 years ago when a great many species were far less threatened than they are today; but even back then if I hadn’t been confident about what I was doing, I wouldn’t have been filming; and in this case, certainly not without the supervision of a scientific advisor who had been working closely with the birds. I haven’t named him because many will consider this kind of intrusiveness unacceptable; but as none of his birds ever seemed disturbed and the information gleaned went into conserving the species, I didn’t have a problem with it. Nevertheless, I am not sure we need to see every wild bird on the nest just for a television programme, although there is no doubt that this kind of media exposure is the best way to get a general audience informed and proactive in conservation… But don’t try this at home… you might lose an eye! The alternative is to film captive birds on sets and there are many people who are equally disturbed by this alternative dishonesty.

I hope this is enough to get you to check out the full article with either the above or below links, and I encourage you to come back and share your opinions. I feel this article is coming from a much more neutral point of view than is typical for this type of discussion.

Link to full article

As a bonus for scrolling this far, here are the baby Flammies from the chainsaw accessed nest:

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From Alan Murphy

While photographing a Western Screech-Owl carrying food to its young, I was fortunate to capture the northern lights looks at night. South Eastern Arizona, 30 miles from the Mexican border.

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I just came upon this great article and wanted to share it with you all to highlight an issue we probably don't spend much time thinking about.

Two years ago, I had a pair of Carolina Wrens try to build a nest in my favorite hanging plant outside, so I wanted to build them a nesting box to encourage them to not live in my expensive plant. (They ended up not nesting there, but I accidentally killed the plant anyway...) In looking up designs, I became aware that there was not one basic birdhouse that worked for whatever bird felt like using it. There were a lot of requirements to have a safe nest box that I had never considered.

Different birds need different sized holes. They of course need a hole big enough to get in, but also small enough to keep out larger, more aggressive birds and other predators. Some birds need a little landing post to land on before going in the hole, while for others, that landing post can be a liability, again allowing predators to access the nest. It needed and internal volume large enough for a nest, but not too large. It needed drainage to avoid standing water and mold.

One final consideration that also makes sense now, is heating and cooling. Besides having ventilation to keep clean air inside, the material the nest box is made of is very important. You don't want to trap excessive heat, and you don't want something that will remove too much heat also. Much like our own homes, a safe climate is required for the birds' shelter and overall health.

Nesting box plans have been provided by many animal groups for decades, but it appears what has worked to great benefit in the past may now be doing more harm than good. With increasing global temperatures, many house designs are now too hot to safely raise young birds, forcing them outside to early, or being fatal to the growing birds that can't try to escape the heat. Location of the box is also becoming more critical, making a source of water nearby even more essential than before.

This article discusses the problems people are noticing with current nest box practices, and some ideas to work toward correcting them.

I know there are a bunch of climate and conservation communities on Lemmy, so if you feel like cross-posting, feel free, or if you would like me to do it, let me know. I spend most of my time here preparing posts and not exploring as much as I used to, so I'm behind on what all the rest of you have going on here a lot of times. Even if there are some sad things in this article, I hope you enjoy the information it provides.

From Hakai Magazine:

After scores of barn owls died in overheated nest boxes, conservationists set out to give the birds less heat-prone homes. by Larry Pynn May 15, 2024

For several scorching days in June 2021, an oppressive heat dome sat over western North America. In the Fraser Valley, inland from Vancouver, British Columbia, the temperature soared to 42.9 °C. The previous June high for the area—set in 1982—was 34.7 °C. Unable to escape the extraordinary heat, billions of marine creatures died—most noticeably barnacles, mussels, oysters, and clams.

On land, Sofi Hindmarch, a wildlife biologist with the Fraser Valley Conservancy, tallied the heat dome’s horrifying impact on young owls.

At nine locations across the Fraser Valley, Hindmarch, biologist Dick Clegg, and farmers documented juvenile barn owls that had fled their nest boxes. Like people bolting from an apartment fire, the owlets jumped to escape the overwhelming heat. At seven of those sites, the researchers found corpses strewn on the ground below the nest boxes. These owlets were too young to fly, and their parents did not feed them on the ground. From the eighth location, Hindmarch collected three fallen but uninjured young owls and took them to a rehabilitation facility; they survived and were eventually released. In the ninth case, two young owls that fell from a nest box in a barn managed to land in hay, where their parents continued to feed them until they were old enough to fledge—typically around 60 to 70 days old.

Along with these grisly findings, the study authors documented 28 dead barn owl babies, aged 20 to 45 days, inside their nest boxes. “For me, it’s extremely rare to find a batch that is almost ready to fledge all dead,” Hindmarch says.

When she began studying the region’s barn owls more than two decades ago, extreme heat was the last thing on her mind. Barn owls originated in the tropics, and the Fraser Valley sits within the species’ uppermost limit in North America, Hindmarch says. “I honestly never envisioned that overheating would be an issue for them,” she says. “It came as a bit of a surprise. We never used to get temperatures like we do now.”

While the changing climate and soaring heat are at the heart of this tragedy, part of the problem stems from the very nest boxes the owlets were abandoning.

Built out of plywood and erected on freestanding poles or affixed to the sides of barns, many nest boxes were exposed to direct sunlight, exacerbating the skyrocketing temperature outside. Hindmarch and her colleague later found that owlets living in pole boxes within 350 meters of the coast, however, survived. At the outlet of the Fraser River, where it dumps into the cooler Strait of Georgia, the 2021 heat dome temperature peaked at 32.4 °C—more than 10 °C cooler than at sites farther inland.

Nest boxes have long been used to give birds a helping hand, but for Hindmarch, the disaster showed it was time to reconsider their design and placement.

To that end, Hindmarch and volunteers with the Cascade Bird Box Team have retrofitted about 30 nest boxes in the Fraser Valley study area since the heat dome. They made some of the boxes larger and added ventilation holes. They repositioned other boxes so they’re out of direct afternoon and evening sun. And for the boxes most exposed to sunlight, volunteers covered the old roofs with white sheet metal to reflect the heat, leaving a gap between the two surfaces to improve air circulation. Together, these modifications have lowered the peak daytime summer temperatures inside the boxes by about 5 °C.

But improving nest-box design is only part of the solution, says Katherine Lauck, a graduate student in ecology at the University of California, Davis, who was not involved in the barn owl work. Lauck recently coauthored a study showing how birds—much like people seeking the coolness of forests on a hot day—need natural spaces to cope with climate change–induced heatwaves.

Species such as western bluebirds and tree swallows, Lauck found, fare better when nesting in boxes near shady forests, which act as a buffer from heatwaves. Boxes on open farmland are more susceptible to extreme swings in temperature.

Human-dominated landscapes, such as farms, says Lauck, also restrict the birds’ access to water and food, making them even more sensitive to temperature extremes. One way to improve birds’ odds of success in a warming world, Lauck says, is to add shade to agricultural land. “Patches of natural vegetation interspersed with crops are going to be really important to allow birds to cope,” Lauck says.

Hindmarch agrees that updating nest boxes is just one step toward solving this complex problem. Barn owls are adaptable creatures that live on all the world’s continents except Antarctica. Protecting mature trees and dead snags—which offer nesting cavities for barn owls—as well as areas such as wetlands and natural grasslands will go a long way to improving the species’ chances of enduring the juggernaut that is climate change.

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Photos by Sal DeFini

Eastern Screech Owls. Red Morph is Mom, Grey Morph is Dad. Chicks down deep in the nest under mom. Right now it's sleepy time.

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This article about owlets being rescued from a chimney made it to the national news! It's in Finnish, but here's a quick google translation.

Tl,dr: two owlets were stuck in a mansion's chimney in Tervakoski, Finland. They were rescued after a 24-hour operation and both were in good health, although very hungry.

The rescue operation lasted a day in Janakkala, Kanta-Häme, when two barn owl chicks were trapped in the labyrinthine chimney of the Tervakoski manor.

Locals visiting the old manor were eating dinner on Thursday when a strange creaking sound started coming from a nearby chimney. Someone recognized the voice as an owl.

The rescue service that was alerted for help arrived at the manor, but the means ran out. The complaint about the flue noise continued overnight.

The owls have had to climb more often than usual this spring, because they have suffered from a shortage of nests . In April, the rescue service had to rescue two pairs of owls that got lost in the wrong place within a week in Päijät-Hämee.

Two sooty baby owls roost at the bottom of the chimney.

The next day, the message went to Annulii Koponen, a wild animal manager from Riihimäki. Koponen called for help and got in touch with Piia Raunio, who rings birds.

When Raunio arrived on Friday, the task seemed impossible.

  • The chimney of the old mansion is slightly L-shaped, and it turned out to be extremely deep.

Scars or other aids were of no use, because only a small hole led to the chimney.

  • When we got a better picture with the flashlight, there were indeed two baby owls there, and they both screamed, Raunio says.

Manor owner: the owls must be saved The chirping and screeching of the little owls was heartbreaking, Raunio describes.

It seemed that the only way to get the birds out was to dismantle the chimneys.

The rescuers called Inga Chaudhary, the owner of the Tervakoski mansion. She made a decision: the chimney must be dismantled and the owls saved.

  • It didn't even occur to me to leave them there. The chimney can be repaired, says Chaudhary.

A handyman arrived and started work. It was quickly revealed that the chimneys of the old manor had two walls that had to be passed through.

Handyman made an owl-like opening in the chimney. Rescuing the exhausted chicks began to look possible.

The helpers glued the butterfly swatter to the telescope arm and lifted both owls to safety. The video shows the moment when one of the owls gets to safety.

  • There is no way they would have gotten out of there on their own. It felt really good when we got both of them out of there, says Piia Raunio.

Back to nature The animals' torment lasted at least a day. After the ordeal, the birds were in surprisingly good shape, albeit hungry.

  • The wings functioned normally, and there were no bruises, Raunio says.

How did the owls practicing the life of a bird of prey end up in the chimneys of the old mansion?

The chicks weighed about 300 grams. So young chicks don't fly properly yet.

  • However, the manor's chimney is relatively high. Only the little owls know how they got there.

One possibility is that there was a nesting place for owls in the chimney, from which the fledglings fell into the chimney.

The little owls were returned to the wild that same evening.

According to Rauni, nets will be installed in the chimneys of the Tervakoski mansion, so that owls or other animals do not get stuck in the mazes of the old building in the future.

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I have been feeling neglectful of some of the more exotic owl species lately. All the GHO and Barred babies have been dominating my feeds recently, so I've been overflowing with that content.

This morning's other post about the owl with 11 step kids was too good to pass up, but I was a little disappointed the photo wasn't very high quality, so I'll share some better pics with you now!

Here are a few owls photographed by Peet van Schalkwyc in South Africa.

This fluffy fellow is a Marsh Owl. It looks a bit like his cousin, the Short Eared Owl. I liked this picture because the little tufts are not usually in their upward position. Much like the Shorty, this owl nests in a grass lined divot on the ground.

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