Screech Owl Dad to 50 Babies!

Gonzo the Screech Owl

Gonzo the Screech Owl

Gonzo Profile

Gonzo Profile

Fuzzy Owlet in Nesting Gourd in Our Backyard

Fuzzy Owlet in Nesting Gourd in Our Backyard

Baby Screech Owl (our mascot)

Baby Screech Owl (our mascot)

Fluffy Owlets in Yard

Fluffy Owlets in Yard

Baby Screech Owl Snuggled Next to Teddy Bear

Baby Screech Owl Snuggled Next to Teddy Bear

Gonzo the Eastern Screech Owl has lived at the Florida Wildlife Hospital for the past 12 years. Since he could not be released back into the wild, he has become a local ambassador for wildlife. He is especially busy during nesting season, because he acts as a foster parent and role model for rescued baby owls. This past year Gonzo set a record by acting as a surrogate Dad to over 50 babies! Gonzo feeds the fluffy owlets, and they observe and learn from him the behaviors that will help them survive in the wild. All of Gonzo’s adopted babies this year were successfully released back into nature. More info about the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary is at:  http://www.floridawildlifehospital.org/   

We’ve hosted several screech owl families in our Florida backyard (two pictures above are reposted favorites).  Owls are the absolute cutest!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

15 Responses to Screech Owl Dad to 50 Babies!

  1. Ingrid says:

    I love happy stories 🙂

  2. Great photos of the owls! 🙂

  3. elisa ruland says:

    Gonzo is a rock star! And sooo cute, Pam. I do love happy nature stories like this one…keep ’em coming!

  4. Janet says:

    The owls are so cute. Great Pictures!

  5. justinehyh says:

    Oops this comment is a bit late… but having owls in your backyard is really cool!! 🙂 You have great pictures, especially the adorable teddy bear one!

    • Pam says:

      I am always happy to receive comments! We are so thrilled to have owls in our backyard. After the new year the owls will start checking out nest boxes again, and move in and lay eggs by March. I am so happy you like the teddy bear – it was such a sweet scene.

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