Monday, April 16, 2012
If this bird could raise both wings this adult female Long-eared Owl would be an awesome sight. As it is, STELLA can only use one because her left wing is bandaged to her body prior to the surgery tomorrow to repair the fracture. She was found by a WGF person on his rounds up in the mountains on a road rarely traveled so I have no idea how this happened.
As she was out and about it is hoped she is a young bird and not one of a pair as they would have babies in the nest by now. It will be many weeks before a decision can be made on her flying ability but her attitude is a good sign that she'll fight to be back in the air.
NOTE: It was discovered, during repair surgery, that the humerus in her left wing was fractured near both the elbow and shoulder and was not repairable. She was euthanized and her body donated to the Draper Museum of Natural History.