Somebody fell out of their nest! 

Sadly, a dead sibling was next to this little one. But the good thing is that one of the parents was in the nest cavity above, so there is probably another baby still in the nest.  We think that the majority of the tree is hollow and that the two tumbled down the inside of the tree.  

We recovered this little one and will attempt to re-nest it in the next 48 hours.  This will also include a little nest “repair” so that they don’t slip down the trunk again.  Oh, and the parents will be receiving another orphaned owlet (patient #17818) that is similar in size to their surviving nestling.  A nice little consolation prize.  If we are re-nesting one, why not two?

A snap shot (including snapshots…) of our day:

Bathed a barred owl.

Fed some juvenile great horned owls (multiple times).  They hate us but they adore their new surrogate mother.  

Fed a baby bald eagle.  (He will return home within a few days.  We are just working on a game plan.)

Admitted 6 new patients (3 healthy orphans, a red-shouldered hawk with head trauma, a barred owl with ulna fracture, and a great horned owl with a humerus fracture).  We will repair the GHOW’s humerus fracture tomorrow.

Released a red-shouldered hawk.

That’s enough…although it still isn’t over!

Just a little friendly, food-related sibling rivalry.

and then there were two. baby barred owl has a “sibling.” 

A juvenile bald eagle was found in Belmont after it fell from its nest.  It was admitted this morning and a thorough examination found it to be healthy.  We will try to get it back in the next few days.  It’s very close to being ready to fly, but it’s certainly not mature enough yet.  

Another FHO

We performed our second femoral head ostectomy today.  The patient was a barred owl that arrived yesterday from Columbia, SC.  This bird also had a left scapula fracture and severe abdominal/keel bruising.  As shown in the photo above, it had a brood patch (meaning she/he was on eggs).  

Amazingly, the bird was perching less than an hour after surgery.

The barred owl that underwent our first ever FHO is doing extremely well.  We moved him (patient #17743) to a larger enclosure today.  It has been 34 days since the surgery and he has full use of the leg.