Last week the girlfriend rang me up and asked what the best method for picking up a wounded owl was. She had been driving back from seeing her horse and spotted a fight going on at the side of the road between 2 rooks and magpie and something else. When she stopped to have a look it turned out the something else was a Tawny Owl who was only just managing to fend off the corvids.
She came back and picked me up and we took a towel with us, we found the poor stunned Tawny sitting at the side of the road where she had left him and very carefully picked him up. He seemed somewhat stunned and certainly not afraid, so after a quick call to check they were open we headed off to the local Wild Bird Hospital for them to check him out.
They couldn't see any signs of damage to him, but popped him in a cage and took our details and checked they could ring us once he was better so we could release him back where we found him.
We were pretty sure he had been bumped by a car and this explained his dozy state. The bird hospital also said that he was probably "playing dead" on the way down in the car as Tawnys are known to do this if they feel they are in danger.
My girlfriend phoned the Bird Hospital yesterday and they said they think he has suffered some minor head trauma and they are keeping an eye on him, but he seems to be doing well - hopefully it should only be a few more days and we can take him and release him back into the woods where we found him.