Late April in NJ is when one might expect young GH Owls to begin exploring outside the confines of their nests. They’re not yet able to fly, but are too big to sit still in their nests so begin to *branch* in nearby trees and test their wings until their flight feathers come in. This one was found tonight on someone’s deck and the smart people who found it called the police. (Wouldn’t have been my first call, but whatever!)
The DH picked it up (and got footed for his trouble), took it off to a local vet to be sure it was okay, stopped home to pick up the photographer (me!) and it was back in this birch close to its nest tree within an hour or so.
Have a look at those feet!