We are happy to report that Patient 17-922, a stunning great gray owl, was successfully released this past weekend. The snow not only made for a beautiful backdrop, it is also the perfect habitat. Owls depend on their incredible hearing abilities in order to hunt and great grays have been reported capturing prey under two feet of snow!Great gray owls are native to our area but they are also very elusive. This particular owl came in from the Butte Falls area on October 22nd. Patient 12-922 had injuries consistent with being hit by a car. You can learn more about this patients stay at Wildlife Images here.
Great Gray Owls are known for the white bowtie-like marking on their neck. Another marking you can look for to identify a great gray owl is the X shaped arc pattern between the eyes. The great gray’s facial feathers form a disk-like shape which helps radiate sound into the ears just like a satellite dish.
Author and great gray enthusiast, Peter J. Thiemann, joined us on this release. Learn more about this beautiful and elusive species in his book Great Gray Owl.