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Western Screech Owl

Megascops kennicottii


Found this owl covered in oil by a oil pump. Washed in dish soap 3 times and the next morning set it free

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peter 6 years ago
Western Screech Owl
Megascops kennicottii Western Screech-Owl


KarenL 4 years ago

Congrats, this little guy is the star of our Facebook caption contest!

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 4 years ago

Thank you! :D

Cheryl Lee
Cheryl Lee 5 years ago

Wonderful story, and beautiful shot!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Crazy eyes!! Was this at a rehab center? Screech Owls are pretty tough, but they do get stressed easily. A licensed rehabilitator would know how to minimize the stress. Very thoughtful action though! (I've been volunteering for years at a Raptor rehab center...I do get concerned when people try to take on the rehab themselves.)

glbnoah109 6 years ago

Great rescue. It is a good idea to turn the animals to a raptor or animal rescue. Sometimes our actions can damage protective oils.

LarryGraziano 6 years ago

I think the cleaning can be categorized under "implied consent". Great job!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Magic eyes..

KarenL 6 years ago

Nice story - are you a licensed wildlife rehabilitator?

Dangermouse 6 years ago

Let's hope he survived. :) Well done for helping him, and that photo is amazing - look at the eyes!

Ronald and Amissa
Ronald and Amissa 6 years ago

He looks like he's still in shock

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Eyes... or Annular Solar eclipses...?
Great shot...

HeatherMiller 6 years ago

So when you washed it, how did you know how to do this so the bird and you stayed safe? On the oil spill Deep Water horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, they were all over the news down there about not "helping" birds and critters covered in oil, unless you were trained. I was wondering where do you get trained to do that sort of thing? I know some animals will be less agreeable to being handled...but I don't really know.

hookgv 6 years ago

got his high beam on :~)

Marianne Wells
Marianne Wells 6 years ago

Ditto Darii. wow, those eyes! Kudos to you for taking care of it and setting it free!

DariiEnkhee 6 years ago

look at these eyes so amazing

ToriMiller 6 years ago

Awww, what a great story! We need more caring people like you!

California, USA

Lat: 36.15, Long: -120.39

Spotted on Aug 16, 2010
Submitted on Apr 16, 2011

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