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Great Grey Owl

This is a journal of sorts - allowing you to watch baby "Hoot" grow up here, at Hawkeye. Enjoy!

 

Well, folks... the verdict is in! Our little Hoot is a boy, after all!

Hoot, our Great Grey owlet, is now almost four months old and  his weight remains at 1.02 kg (which indicates that it's a male). Almost all of his baby down has been covered by juvenile feathers, which should be fully grown in just a few weeks. Hoot will remain here, at Hawkeye and is destined to be one of  the Ambassadors of our Falconry Experience.

Here are a few more pictures from August:

 

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Hoot is standing very steady now and jumping 2-3 ft up onto boxes. She consumes about 3-4 rats or about 1 full quail per day and weighs 820 grams now and her beak is getting stronger every day. Her feathers continue to come in nicely and, according to Dan Frankian, the down on top of her head is the softest he has ever felt.

She LOVES water and has now taken her first bath. Her curiosity and sense of adventure is growing and she is now exploring trees. She is quite comfortable with Hawkeye's dogs - she truly is a magnificent and gentle creature. Swallows do NOT like her, though... they swoop at her.

Hoot is comfortable in the car - she is under 24 hour care and goes wherever her caretakers go.

Check her out on our YouTube channel - we are adding new videos all the time. And, just for good measure... here are a couple of new still shots:

 

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June 24th, Hoot weighed in at 760 grams. She will be going through a tremendous growth spurt in the coming weeks. 

She has been busy flapping her wings and jumping up about 3 feet into the air now. She can sit on a glove as she spends time with Master Falconer Dan Frankian.

 

See this week's new photos at https://www.hawkeye.ca/hoot-the-great-grey-owl - and also check her out on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY0CR9xclcicN-HruoMf4kHewm_rrid-5

Our little owl has about doubled in size since she arrived just over a month ago! She is doing awesome and discovering what all her various body parts are for. Enjoy!

 

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June12 1Hoot has been with us just over 3 weeks now and we are happy to say she is adapting and growing quite nicely! She is gaining roughly 25-45 grams every 1-2 days and weighed in at 600 grams today.

She is now hopping 3-4 ft, and can jump 2 ft in height. Her feathers are coming in on her wings, and her wingspan is already around 3 ft. Hoot has started to get larger sources of food and is now using her feet to hold the pieces down while tearing them apart with her beak. 

She has been casting pellets that contain the bones and feathers from her food. She also ate her first wean rat, which she enjoyed completely whole instead of in tidbits as she was previously eating. 

Hoot is now in the 2nd stage of her feeding routine. We started out with only flesh (no bones), ground up, and are now at whole body animals (also ground up). Prep time is about 1 hour, and she eats 3 times a day. Eventually, we will move to feed small strips and finally graduate to whole animal feeding.

 

We are so happy about Hoot's improvements and we cannot wait for you to meet her! Don't forget our falconry experience opens up again on the weekend of June 20th and we would love for you to come visit all our miraculous birds of prey! Call 416 429 5393 today to reserve your spot!

 

 

Hoot, Hawkeye's Great Grey Owl, is just over a month old now. We are still unsure of its gender, but will be able to determine this in the months to come.  For now we will refer to Hoot as a female.

She is eating quail 4-5 times a day in small amounts, immediately followed by a nap. She is more and more active each day, becoming more adventurous and hopping out of the nesting box to explore her surroundings. Her juvenile feathers on her wings are coming in and she is starting to exercise those wings by flapping and then hopping each time. Hoot is also starting to use her talons by jumping and grabbing the newspaper in her nesting box and then ripping it up with her beak.

 

hoot 06 03Cool Grey Owl Facts

  • Although the Great Grey Owl is one of the tallest owls in North America, it’s just a ball of feathers. Both the Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl weigh more and have larger feet and talons.
  • Great Grey Owls aren’t just North American owls. They also live in Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, and Mongolia.
  • Great Grey Owls are powerful birds. Despite weighing only 2.5 pounds, they can break through hard packed snow to grab small mammals. One bird reportedly broke through snow that was hard enough to support a 176-pound human.
  • Great Grey Owls are big owls, which means that they need to eat regularly. In the winter, they eat up to 7 vole-sized small mammals every day.
  • Both the common and scientific names are apt for this large gray owl. The Latin name for Great Grey Owl is Strix nebulosaStrix means to utter shrill sounds and nebulosa means misty or cloudy, referring to its gray color.
  • Imagine what it would be like if you could hear even the slightest noise and knew exactly where the noise was coming from. Well, that is exactly what Great Grey Owls can do. Like the Barn Owl and Long-eared Owl they have asymmetrical ear openings that help them find prey by sound alone. The left ear opening is higher on the head than the right ear opening which enables precise directional hearing and lets them nab invisible prey.
  • The oldest recorded Great Grey Owl was at least 18 years, 9 months old and lived in Alberta, where it was banded in 1996 and found in 2013, after being hit by a car.

 

 

We will continue to follow Hoot’s progress and keep you updated on all her new achievements. Keep in mind, our Falconry experience is starting up again on June 21st and we have lots of hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons for you to get up close and personal with. Book your Hawkeye falconry experience now by calling 416 429 5393.

Say Hello to "Hoot" - our wee little Great Grey Owl, born on May 2nd, 2020.

We think that Hoot may be a girl, but a bit more time is needed to be sure. But, we'll say 'her' for now :)

Hoot had a long journey from Quebec last week - Hawkeye's Dan Frankian went to pick her up - at the tender age of 3 weeks. A week in, she appears healthy and well adjusted.

We have big plans for Hoot: She will be the new star at our Falconry Experience. The Falconry Experience allows non falconers an opportunity to meet birds of prey up close and personal. It is as much a day of learning as it is about action. At the end of the day, participants will be able to fly a bird of prey (usually one of our Harris Hawks) to and from their arm. We hope that Hoot will grow up to love her role as ambassador for all owls.

We will also be posting video updates on Hawkeye's YouTube Channel - here's a sneak peek: 

 

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