Ellie

Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus)

Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center April 3, 2019

This Great Horned Owl was brought in by a member of the public. 

She was a nestling found on the ground with an injury to the soft tissue under the right wing.  It is presumed that she got this injury from barbed wire fence while falling out of the nest during a storm.  Due to the nature of the injury, staff at Lakeside were concerned there may be permanent damage to the wing and flight impaired. 

There was also concern that because she was such a young bird, imprinting may effect natural behavior and it was determined to keep her as an ambassador for her species. 

Based on size it is presumed that she is a female (females are larger than males).

For more information on Great Horned Owls, check out the Critter Corner entry.