Whooo’s that? Owl found sitting in family’s fireplace
February 12, 2021 Updated: February 12, 2021, 4:25 am
One family in Bolton, Massachusetts recently had quite a surprise: a big-eyed owl stared at them from their fireplace.
MassWildlife responded to the house after the family reported that a barred owl had come down their chimney and was sitting in their fireplace.
Todd Olanyk, Central District Manager of MassWildlife, carefully removed the owl from the chimney and examined it for injuries before being released outside, where it quickly flew.
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Catched owls lay eggs across Massachusetts from February through May, according to MassWildlife. The birds are cavity nests, which means they usually pick a hollow tree or use a hawk or squirrel’s nest to lay their eggs, experts said. The Bolton Owl might have thought the chimney was a potential nesting hole.
To prevent wild animals such as birds, bats, raccoons or squirrels from entering homes, the experts at MassWildlife recommend putting a metal cap with a screen on the chimney.