Five Eastern Screech-Owl were released in Central Park by the wildlife rehabilitor, Bobby Horvath and his family on Saturday.
The Red-phased owl Bobby released last year is doing very well in the North Woods, so Bobby was comfortable releasing more owls into Central Park. Central Park may have its risks, but it lacks Great-Horned Owls which are becoming a major predator of Eastern Screech-Owls on Long Island where Bobby lives.
Two adult Red-phased owls were released and three young Gray-phased owls. Thanks for your loving gift to the park, Cathy and Bobby.
The first pictures are right after the release. The later pictures are of one of the gray owls after dark (long exposures without flash).