Ms Harvey, the great horned owl, came to the Feather Wildlife Rehabilitation center in May 1997 as a bird taken in illegal activity. She was raised by humans and we did not think she would make a release when she was able to fly. But she proved us wrong and flew and killed and was released in fall of 1997. She wears a US Fish and Wildlife band on her right leg, #599-10043.
She continued to stay in the area of where she was released and showed up on occasion. We put food out for her so she would stay here to get a good start.
Starting in 2003 she started to lay eggs on top on another owl cage and they rolled off. So we put up a bushel basket and she took it for her nest in 2004 and brought off one baby owl.
Now the male she chose does not incubate the eggs when she gets off the nest to eat, etc. So there are many years when the eggs freeze. But each year we get young great horned owls that we can not put back in the nest, so until they can fly we put them in with our surrogate great horned. When the time is right we put them in the air by the nest and Ms Harvey takes over from there.
In 2009 she raised two young to about 2 weeks and both of them were predated, possibly by coons. In 2010 she had a late hatch and brought off two young. Each year has a story to tell about the nest and the activity. In 2011 she again lost the first clutch and re nested two weeks later and brought off one chick. We gave her two more young owls to raise. One of them is still here food begging.
We have been blessed to have this bird in our lives and now wish to share it with all of you on the internet. So many good things are happening all around us if we just pay attention.
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