Wednesday, February 2, 2011
That makes this owl pictured here a celebrity. In February 2007 this Long-eared Owl was taken to the Wildlife Division in Corner Brook (don't know the circumstances behind its capture) where it was then transported to Samonier Nature Park. It is now a permanent resident there. It is not great to see it caged, but it does a great service by allowing the many children and adults who visit the park to study it closely. My brief research indicates that while this is only the third live Long-eared Owl documented in Newfoundland and Labrador, there apparently was a discovery of a skeleton in the late 1800s. Wouldn't it be great to know the history behind all of the rare birds that come to visit.
Owls are elusive and therefore, very intriguing. I hope to be able to see an owl, any owl, this year.