Wisdom: More info on ‘Hooter’ The Great Horned Owl…
These are a few facts that are posted outside of Hooter’s quarters:
1. The Great Horned Owl is known as “Tiger of the Woods” because of its hunting abilities, and can be found here on Long Island.
2. These owls can grow to 22 inches in length and are chiefly nocturnal. The wing span of these animals can reach five feet.
3. Their call is a series of three to eight loud, deep hoots.
4. Great horned owls begin nesting early in the winter, and they incubate their eggs during February. Two to three eggs will hatch in a month. The owlets are born blind, and will not be able to leave the nest or fly until they are three months old.
5. It is believed that the Great Horned Owls mate for life!
Now for some info on Hooter himself:
Hooter has been a resident of the refuge since September of 2004. He came from Queens College Center.
The reason he has to live under the protection of the refuge is NOT because he is injured physically. Instead, he must be protected from conditions of the wilderness because he has been imprinted. This means he was raised by humans, and therefore did not develop the proper instincts and behavior to survive in the wild. It is said that Hooter thinks that either he is a human, or that we are all OWLS! It’s no wonder he is so friendly when I approach him – even in the daytime 🙂
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