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Oodles of Owls



Two blog posts from earlier this year documented the return of a Great Horned Owl and two Barn Owls to their respective nest sites. Returning baby owls to their parents is always the best option, but unfortunately, sometimes the bird’s health or other circumstances make this impossible. Such is the case for five owls currently in care at PAWS.

The first owl is a young Great Horned who was admitted to the wildlife center on May 8. He was found on the ground along a popular walking trail in Woodinville, appearing to be in distress. At PAWS, we discovered that the bird was anemic and suffering from a blood parasite. He’s undergoing treatment for the parasite and is recovering well in our care.


Two Barred Owls also arrived in May. The first was a nestling from Lake Forest Park found alone with no sign of a nest or parents nearby. The second Barred Owl was transferred to PAWS on May 17 from Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington, brought in for care by a man who found him sitting in the middle of the road in Redmond, WA after a wind storm. Since the Redmond owl was close in age to the Lake Forest Park owl, Sarvey transferred the bird to us so they could be raised together.


The smallest of the owls in our care right now is a Western Screech Owl from Brier, WA. This bird was found on the ground in a backyard on June 7, and had apparently been away from his parents for some time. Close to starvation and severely anemic, the screech owl was in shock when he arrived. After a few days of supportive care, his anemia had not improved, so the veterinary staff performed a blood transfusion using the Redmond Barred Owl as a donor bird. The transfusion helped get the little owl over the hump, and he showed steady improvement from that day on.


The fifth young owl currently in care is a Barn Owl who traveled all the way from a warehouse in Pilot Rock, Oregon. The nestling was sitting on the ground between two machines for several days before he was scooped up by an employee who lives in Washington State. The employee took the bird home with him and dropped him off at PAWS five days later.


We hope to transfer the Barn Owl to a rehabilitation facility in Oregon so he can eventually be released near his point of origin. The other four owls will be raised here at PAWS until they are ready to take their rightful place in the wilds of Washington State.



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