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Historic barred owl!

Wildwoods was brought a barred owl yesterday (deceased, unfortunately, likely from a window collision). This owl, when already at least 1 year old, was banded at Hawk Ridge by Dave Evans back in 1998. Based on this, he is at least 16-17 years old, and the third oldest barred owl on record.

We are sorry that a window claimed his life, but glad that he had lived such a long one. We loved that we could learn something about him from the science of bird banding. Thank you to Dave Evans and the other bird banders of HRBO!

Learn more about barred owls.

3 Comment(s)

  1. I brought in a deceased barred owl to wildwoods today, which I was later told was banded in 1997 and was informed of this all--today! It may have possibly possibly suffered a broken neck from flying into a window, and ended up recovering, and hence freezing to death, at the door of my sauna. Very interesting stuff. Are we talking about the same deceased barred owl? Of so I encountered it last n

    woodtick | Mar 20, 2014 | New Comment
  2. I found one last night and brought it to wildwoods this afternoon and was informed just a few hours later that it was banded in 1997 and would be 17 years old now. Are we talking about the same barred owl?

    woodtick | Mar 20, 2014 | New Comment
  3. Very kool, woodtick and rhetoricguy! Barreds are beautiful and incredible creatures. I had the fortunate/unfortunate experience of picking up a car-hit Barred from the middle of a metro-area highway. It was dead with an apparent broken neck but otherwise undamaged. . . a sad occasion but, oh, what a rare opportunity to have a close look at this wonderful creature. I know to some it will sound silly and pompous for me to say that I felt honored to be able to show my respect, and I that I was honoring this beautiful bird by preventing further indignity at the hands (or front bumpers) of the Humans. Despite the sad circumstances, I hope you too had a chance to enjoy one of Mother Nature’s amazing creatures before returning it to the earth that it came from.

    Grrroger | Mar 21, 2014 | New Comment

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