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eurasian eagleowl



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:52 am    Post subject: Greetings from Finland Reply with quote

Hi everyone! So I´m a new one here, just registered. I´m very pleased that there`s this kind of owlforums on the internet Cool I wonder is here other members from Finland or from another Northern countries? Let me know. About myself..hmm..what can I tell..why I registered myself to here. Well I first found owlpages.com and wondered if there`s any kinds of "owlforums". I love birds, but especially owls have always fascinated me..the myths they are told about, how they look( mysterious, wise and also humane look Wink ) Okay, hope to have a chat with you later.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi eurasian eagleowl, good to have you here. I believe Finland has the highest number of owl nest boxes in the world.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum. We have members from all around the world. We all have one common interest in mind...owls! Would love to hear about the owls in Finland.

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I believe Finland has the highest number of owl nest boxes in the world.


Deane, that is an interesting fact that I didn't know.
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eurasian eagleowl



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

owlpages wrote:
Hi eurasian eagleowl, good to have you here. I believe Finland has the highest number of owl nest boxes in the world.


That`s something new to me too. I tried search tawny owls in their mating season in last spring. I went after the sunset to walk in forests ( whic are kinda mix of deciduous trees and coniferous and near by farms and manor) and I had even a small soft toy of tawny owl with me whic has a sound of tawny`s inside the toy Wink ( Yes, I collect owl soft toys Very Happy ) Unfortunately I had no response, while "playing" it Crying or Very sad
And sorry if my english is a bit bad..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that's one of the interesting facts proudly stated by Pertti Saurola in his presentation at the Owls 2000 conference. May have been the highest concentration of nest boxes, if not the most. it was 7 years ago, and the tendrils of fading memory are catching up with me Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I know Pertti Saurola. I borrowed from the library his book about finnish owls, whic was puslished in 1995. It is indeed a good dictionary about species of owls we have here. Actually I have at the moment borrowed cd whic includes difrent kind of sounds of owl species. It is also compiled by Pertti Saurola, I think originally this cd was in the set with the book.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, eurasian eagleowl and welcome to the roost!

You know, when I was looking for the literature on predator prey relationship, especially with owls included, when I tapped into Turku University team papers, I never knew I will be caught completely with their work. If you really are into owls, I strongly suggest that you dig out some information about the team lead by prof. Erkki Korpimäki. As Deane said (he was lucky to meet Saurola in person), Finland has not only the largest amount of nest boxes, yet the most extensive and thorough research program that I know of. If you try to find in your library scientific journal Oikos, I am sure you will enjoy. Have you read Mikkola's "Owls of Europe"? You should, definitely!

When it comes to owl research, you are in the best place possible! I don't know much more about you - what are your interests and what you do, but I suggest that you contact some of the researchers (perhaps Pertti can help you) and to engage as volunteer in surveying nest boxes.

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Tanja Cute Owl 2
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tanja sova wrote:
Hello, eurasian eagleowl and welcome to the roost!

You know, when I was looking for the literature on predator prey relationship, especially with owls included, when I tapped into Turku University team papers, I never knew I will be caught completely with their work. If you really are into owls, I strongly suggest that you dig out some information about the team lead by prof. Erkki Korpimäki. As Deane said (he was lucky to meet Saurola in person), Finland has not only the largest amount of nest boxes, yet the most extensive and thorough research program that I know of. If you try to find in your library scientific journal Oikos, I am sure you will enjoy. Have you read Mikkola's "Owls of Europe"? You should, definitely!

When it comes to owl research, you are in the best place possible! I don't know much more about you - what are your interests and what you do, but I suggest that you contact some of the researchers (perhaps Pertti can help you) and to engage as volunteer in surveying nest boxes.

Owl Regards

Tanja Cute Owl 2


Owls of Europe..hmm..made by Mikkola..I quess I must search for that book, since it`s a new for me..I also read a while ago a book whic is called "The owls and predatory birds of Northern countries". It was good too, only one thing whic I did not like that there was no real pictures only drawings. Mostly I´m into spotting owls and I´d like to also have a pictures of them too..But I quess I had to have a really good camera and lots of patience..
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:00 pm    Post subject: More Finns on the boards Reply with quote

Hello. Another Finn enters...

Last summer was my first as a veterinary practisioner and I was already lucky to have two owl patients (Boreal owls). Neither case ended up well but I fell completely in love with these fellows. Especially my first owl who I named Helmi (Boreal owl being helmipöllö in Finnish, helmi meaning pearl) was the most fascinating creature I've ever dealt with.

So I'm here to learn more about the owls.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum! Hope we can help with any questions you might have. You can always post pictures and talk about your experiences with them.

Unfortunately, we don't get that many Boreal Owls in the USA, but we do have some near the border of Canada. Canada has quite a few of them. We do get the Saw-Whet Owl migration in the Fall.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, us Canadians and our owls! =D


Welcome to the forums, eurasian eagleowl.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: More Finns on the boards Reply with quote

Semitendinosus wrote:

Especially my first owl who I named Helmi . . . was the most fascinating creature I've ever dealt with.


Can we have a story or two to illustrate?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: More Finns on the boards Reply with quote

romillyh wrote:
Semitendinosus wrote:

Especially my first owl who I named Helmi . . . was the most fascinating creature I've ever dealt with.


Can we have a story or two to illustrate?


Sorry, I haven't been active at all here. Here's the sad story. Forgive my English...

I work at the communal veterinary clinic in northern Finland. They also bring injured wild animals to us. Most of them are directly euthanised. I like a lot of all the wild animals so I usually try to keep them alive and treat them with my own time and own expense (if it's not too much against the animal welfare). It's kind of a hobby to me. I'm not a specialist in wild animal medicine, but I think it's worth a try to learn by try and error when better information isn't available.

A young boreal owl was brought to our appointment because someone had found her unable to fly. The bird wasn't too juvenile to fly well, so she had hurt herself in a way or another. I told everybody that don't euthanise the owl, I want to try to take care about it when I'm finished with my appointments.

The little bird was very bright and alert and not very agressive. While hold she tried to use her wings and another one wasn't working very well. Palpation didn't reveal any fracture, but coudln't say for sure because the patient wasn't too co-operative.

I couldn't contact any wild animal specialist, so I decided that I try to partly immobilise the wing for a few feeks and feed the owl if she accepts it and medicate the pain and ectoparasites. And of course try to contact someone with better knowledge as soon as possible.

But because this would be a long project, I wanted to be sure there was really nothing broken. I put the x-ray ready and tried to sedate her lightly with a combination used for companion birds. We didn't have inhalation machine then, so I went for a very risky injection anesthesia. Unfortunately the end up was the most dramatic anesthesia complication (instant death, heart stoppage with nasal bleeding).

I obducted the the bird finding that the wing wasn't heavily damaged. Only other findings were heavy parasite load and the assumption of female bird was correct.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad indeed! Maybe the bird was allergic to the anesthetic agent? Or, do you think it was too much agent? Maybe simple ether might be better? Most birds have an very sensitive pulmonary system.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello.. im just new here..i'll hope that i can have new friend here..
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