[CT Birds] Dec. 23rd Update on Stratford Snowy rescued by A Place Called Hope

Susan Doherty tizme4158 at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 24 06:27:10 EST 2013

Posted on FB from A Place Called Hope:

He is doing very well as of this afternoon! He has accepted his protein slurry and his eyes are bright! Sick or injured birds are easy to spot since they normally mask their poor condition... so if you see a bird fluffed up, eyes closed and it is not in a normal place or not the typical time to sleep, and it is approachable, then you can be quite certain something is wrong. In the world of survival, one must never show weakness or one is likely to be preyed upon... this bird was sitting in one spot for a long time, eyes closed, fluffed up and very wet and dirty. It became obvious that he was not right to his admirers. Most birds are vulnerable on the ground, so if one is on the ground for a long period of time, there could be a problem. Unless it is hunting, eating or digesting, they don't usually hang out on the ground. With the Snowy Owl, it is common for them to be on the ground and out during the day because of where they migrate from. They don't
 normally roost in trees or experience darkness until they pass through our part of the world. It is always important to call on a professional to handle Birds of Prey! Even sick or injured ones because they can be very dangerous to handle if you do not know what you are doing. If this owl had been ok, he would never have been easy to catch. His senses are so keen and sneaking up a healthy owl is near impossible! In this case, he was shutting down... he was weakened by his migration and apparently not finding enough food to sustain himself once here. Hunting is hard on an experienced adult yet alone a first year juvenile. In the wild, only about 20% of the birds hatched will survive their first year of life. This Snowy has another chance as soon as we get him back in shape!

Merry Christmas CTBirders!
Susan Doherty
If you will, then you will
For nothing can withstand your will ~ TR

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