These little critters showed up late last night. 🌙
I’ll have my Odes to Nature and some of my mountain series available at the Christmas Market at the Roberts Creek Masonic Hall November 23-24 if you want to meet them in person!
I’ll be sharing a table with fibre artist @nataliegrambow who will be selling beautiful candles and beeswax bowls. We may have a few surprises between us there too!
On the morning of November 17, we received a call regarding 5 barn owl chicks near Ramkund, Panchvati, Nashik. The caller said he saw two teenage boys taking these chicks to the market. He stopped the boys to enquire about the chicks as he felt something was not quiet right about the boys. Our caller demanded the chicks be surrendered to the Forest Department and refused to let the boys go. The boys however dropped the box which had the owl chicks and fled the scene. The caller then called the Forest Department, Nashik and Eco Echo and informed about the whole incident.
Forest Department Officials and team Eco Echo reached the spot and took the chicks into their custody. The chicks were found to be starving and dehydrated. A small dose of vitamins and saline water was given and their rehab has begun with the volunteers of Eco Echo. The chicks shall be released once deemed fit to fly and fit to survive on their on own. Pray for our little ones. #barnowl #rescuerehabrelease#rapidactionproject#respectconservecoexist#rescuers#birds#birdrescue#ecoecho#mahaforest#forestdepartment#nashik
Barn Owls have always attracted superstition because of their ghostly appearance and rasping shrieks. But these nocturnal hunters are a good omen for farmers because of their appetite for mice and rats.
📷: Mike Ferrara/Audubon Photography Awards
Barn owl’s wing span are about 3 1/2 feet. Females weigh in at about 1 1/4 pounds while the males weigh about 1 pound. #crowsnestfarm#barnowl
1 36 hours ago
It's quite busy in our little bird of prey hospital at the moment. In October we had a clutch of 3 young barn owls in. A felled tree contained these rather late babies. They needed a few assisted feeds but within 2 days were self feeding. Then began the process of soft release. The chicks stayed with us for a while, building up strength and flight skills. They never saw us add food and we checked on them through viewing holes so as not to distress them and to avoid them becoming used to humans.
The farmer who found the youngsters was brilliant. Setting up a release site within a barn for them, close to where their nest was. With gentleshaw volunteers popping over occasionally to check up on the young owls, after a few weeks a release panel was removed from the barn. Although we still supplied food, the youngsters were now free to come and go as they pleased. 2 took their freedom quickly, with the 3rd waiting a little longer. An excellent result. #wildlife#wildlifecasualty#birdofprey#birdofpreyhospital#owls#owl#barnowl#barn#rescue#healthy#wild#free#slowrelease#gentleshawwildlifecentre#staffordshire#uk#zoo#sanctuary#visitus
1 227 hours ago
Todays set up in search of the Barn Owl. 06:00 start to get in position, but unfortunately she didn’t show today.