Great Horned Owl Rescued After Winds Blow Him from Home

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This cute little guy is an adolescent Great Horned owl. He's not an owlet but what experts call a "brancher." Strong winds Sunday evening pushed this owl from his home.

Robin Matthews saw it fall out of a tree in the back yard of her home on Raleigh Way in Huntsville.

Matthews says she was eating dinner when she saw the owl fall from the tree. The owl was struggling to get back up to the tree by flapping his wings, but couldn't go anywhere. That's when she called several wildlife agencies. The North Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitators responded and took him in.

The North Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitators say this "brancher" can't quite fly and still needs his parents, but is not completely confined to the nest. They put the owl back up in the tree and are going to use this as an opportunity to observe him.

They report that this "brancher's" parents found him on Monday and took him back in. A happy ending!


  • Kym

    OMG! What a gorgeous baby! Beautiful, soft down, HUGE wingspan for one so little……he’s just beautiful. You are doing Kingdom work, baby!!

  • mamac

    Oh, how sweet. He is beautiful.Love to see owls.I have 2 around my house somewhere in the woods they call to each other.Love to hear them..Thank you Robin Matthews for making the call.Some people would just left the owl.And thanks to North Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitators ..

  • John

    Was not aware that NAWR was licensed and trained and capable to handle federally regulated raptors? Glad they received that license from the federal government to handle these calls. Would be a shame if they were doing this and were NOT licensed!

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