The weather looked like it was going to be bad today and there wasn’t much movement on radar, so I did not go downtown for Lights Out this morning. I dropped William off at school and headed to check my local birding hotspots. I got to the Impoundment and I found a deceased Sora next to the fence (my plan was to write a Rogue Rehab post about that). After I collected the bird – I keep plastic bags in my car – I checked a couple more spots (yes – with a dead bird in my car).
I managed to walk part of the way through Bacon Woods before I received a call from Parma Police. My first thought was – what did I do wrong. I don’t even hang out in Parma! They had an injured owl stuck in a fence, so I turned around and started to head back towards my car. Well, they called back. I didn’t have to go pick that bird up – animal control was on their way to rescue that one! I finished my loop at Bacon Woods and headed to Sandy Ridge. I was going to ask Tim if he wanted the dead Sora I collected in Lorain County.
When I arrived at Sandy Ridge, I received a call from Elyria Police Department…again – what did I do now? They had a call about an injured owl! This one was only twenty minutes away, so I didn’t bother getting out of the car at Sandy Ridge. I headed straight out to grab the owl!
When I pulled into the location provided by dispatch, I found three construction workers – they didn’t know anything about an injured owl. So I drove over to the sports complex next door – thinking maybe it was trapped in netting or a fence. I couldn’t find any humans to ask and I didn’t see any injured birds after walking around the outside of the football field with my net, crate, and gloves. Nobody left a gate open for me if there was an injured bird in there. I even went as far as to check the garbage can since that gate was open! I was getting a bit frustrated, so I called dispatch to see if they could get the person that found the owl to come meet me.
After 20 minutes, I still didn’t see anyone – so I called dispatch again (sorry dispatch – I don’t want to be a pain – I’m just trying to help)! As I was on hold – I put my gear away and got back into my car. Just then – the guy pulls up and tells me to follow him. Ok… So I followed him back to where I went the first time! The owl was hiding underneath a trailer.
I couldn’t climb underneath the trailer, so I stuck my net under there to try and grab the owl. I didn’t net it while it was under there, but I got it to run out the other side where I was able to net it safely! I could see there was an injury to the right eye and the left wing was a little droopy. I stuck the bird in the crate and rushed it over to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.
At the center, the bird was examined. There was a wound on the wing that was starting to heal (perhaps it was attacked by another bird). Christine held the bird while Tim wrapped the wing. The bird also received some medications, food, and fluids. The bird looks to be in rough shape, but we are hopeful that it will recover! Will be sure to provide an update in a future Rogue Rehab post.