- Eastern Screech Owl, "Red"
- Otus asio
- QuickTime Video: See and listen to the
call of a brown phase eastern screech owl!
- Red is an eastern
screech owl owl. Screech owls come in three colors: red, grey
and brown. She is, as you can see, a red screech owl!
- Red lived in the wild with her parents
and two siblings in Gadsden County in a dead oak tree (snag)
in what was once a squirrel nest.
- One morning in April, while both her parents
were off hunting, someone came along and chopped down their old
tree for firewood. The three fledglings came tumbling down.
- The people carefully picked up all three
babies, placed them in a box, and took them to St. Francis Wildlife.
Her two nest mates were, miraculously, unharmed, but Red's left
wing was shattered. Jon Johnson, director of the wildlife rehabilitation
center, raised and released the two babies that were unharmed.
A veterinarian set and bandaged Red's injured wing, but six weeks
later when the bandages were removed, the broken bones had fused
together so that her wing was now too stiff to fly.