Tawny owl rescue and rehabilitation March 2018

This Tawny owl was rescued near Badia Calavena probably after flying into a window. He was rehabilitated for ten days and released a few kilometres away from where he was found 🦉
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🦉The tawny owl is 37-39cm long, with a rounded head, body and wings. It has large brown eyes, with its face surrounded by a ring of dark feathers. Its upper parts are usually reddish brown, with a line of dark and light patches on its wings and crown of the head. The under parts are yellowish-beige.
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🦉Tawny owls have fixed territories which they patrol very conscientiously and appear to know very well. Within the territory their roosting place is regularly changed.
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🦉 In urban areas, the owls prey mainly on small birds such as sparrows, thrushes, blackbirds and starlings. Rodents make up only about 7% of the owl’s total diet. In woodland areas, small birds form only about 10% of the owl’s diet. The rest consists of rats, rabbits, moles, shrews, bats, mice and voles.
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🦉 The tawny owl’s feathers have a velvety pile and fine fringe that help to reduce the noise of the wings when flying, so the owl can approach its prey as quietly as possible. When hunting, tawny owls rely heavily upon their sight and hearing and use their talons only during the attack.
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🦉In the breeding season tawny owls nest in tree cavities, old crows’ nests, squirrel dreys and nest boxes; only when these are not available will it nest on the ground. The tawny owl lays 2-3 large, white, round eggs in late February and March and incubates them for 28-30 days. The young tend to leave the nest about four weeks after hatching, but are still dependent on their parents for two to three months afterwards, and occasionally on into autumn. It can be extremely difficult for the young owls; sometimes only one or two owlets per pair are successfully raised each year.
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🦉thank you to @nottinghamshirewildlifefor the awesome facts 💚🦉💚IMG-20180310-WA0001.jpg

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