Rehabilitated great gray owls will fly to freedom today

Two great gray owls that were rehabilitated at The Raptor Center in St. Paul are scheduled to catch a ride on a Marvin Windows plane this morning to be released later today, one in Beltrami Island State Forest and the other at a site north of Roseau, Minn., on the Manitoba border.

A great gray owl flies to freedom earlier today near Roseau, Minn., after being rehabilitated at The Raptor Center in St. Paul. Beth Siverhus, a Warroad, Minn., wildlife rehabilitator, took video of the release, and this image was lifted from the video.

Beth Siverhus, a wildlife rehabilitator from Warroad, Minn., said she sent one of the great grays down to The Raptor Center on Feb. 7 after it was rescued near Wannaska, Minn. She said the bird had a fractured breast bone and couldn’t fly.

“Luckily, someone saw it sitting in a snowy ditch for a few days, and we got it early enough — it was still feisty when I picked it up,” Siverhus said in an email.

She wasn’t sure where the other injured owl came from.

GF peregrine update
In other raptor news, Terminator, a female peregrine falcon, has has begun incubating three eggs in a nesting box atop the UND water tower. Grand Forks raptor expert Tim Driscoll said “hard incubation” likely began May 7. That would put hatching about June 11, and Driscoll would band the chicks in early July.

“We are three weeks behind Fargo,” Driscoll said, referring to a nesting peregrine in Fargo that laid her first eggs April 16. “That is not an issue. At this point, everything seems to be progressing well.”

Terminator, hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Man., has been nesting in Grand Forks since 2008. A yearling male dubbed “Marv” when he was banded last spring in Fargo is her latest suitor.

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