A sooty Tawny owl rescued from a chimney in Ilkely.
Updated: Jan 20, 2019
On Saturday we received information about a bird trapped in an chimney in Ilkley, we arranged with the caller to pop round to see if we could assist.
We arrived, and shown into the living room of Paul and his family and to a gas fire that Paul advised luckily hadn't been used in sometime, When we touched the appliance a flapping noise could be loudly heard directly behind the fire in the chimney flue, great at least we had confirmation that a bird was behind the fire and still alive.
Unfortunately, the fire was connected to the mains gas supply and needed disconnecting before we could assist further, We spoke with the house owner Paul about getting the fire disconnected and then we can return and help to rescue the bird.
An hour or so later Paul contacted us to say he had called an engineer out to disconnect the fire, so we advised that we would come straight away. Once back on the scene of the incident we met Fred, the engineer who was waiting for us to arrive before he removed the appliance, Fred disconnected the, and he got ready to remove it from the wall.
Once the fire was removed and we could access the flu, we shone a light up the flu, and the bird could not be seen anywhere in the cavity directly behind where the fire was the only exit was a small square flue exiting up the chimney.
We investigated the hole and sitting on the bend was the lovely feathered bottom of a Tawny owl.
We had to reach in and grab him and in such a confined space was entertaining as we envisaged James coming back out of the hole with a tawny owl attached to his face.
See the video below to see us rescuing the tawny owl and an entertaining moment of us exiting the hole backwards at speed.
After we got the owl out, we checked him over apart from being a little on the sooty side he seemed in excellent condition, he is a lovely male tawny owl.
We transferred the owl up to Nick at Corio raptor care, and rehabilitation nr Lancaster. While assessing his new inpatient nick said," Tawny's are breeding at the moment, and this will be the reason the owl entered the chimney looking for an ideal nesting site."
Also, sulphur contaminants in the chimney can turn to sulphuric acid for these reasons the owl needs to be assessed by an expert before he is released back hopefully in time to continue mating.
we'll Keep you updated on Sooty's rehabilitation on