Saturday, April 25, 2009
Barred owls are a large owl that live over most of the eastern US. They have recently taken the blame for the decline in numbers of spotted owls in Northwest.
One of the threats to many raptors are car strikes. There are a bunch of raptors that hunt along the edge of the roadway, and they sometimes forget to look both ways.
I found this guy on the side of the road. I thought he was a lost cause, until he turned his head to watch me pass.
I turned around and went and picked him up. His left side was broken. Broken leg, broken wing. He looked up at me, and then lay back. I made some calls and found a rehabber in the area I was driving ( I was on my way to Maryland), and dropped him off.
Neither one of us was hopeful, but it was still important to try to do the right thing for the bird.