This particular bird was a great horned owl, who appeared to be painfully suspended there, with one of her wings stretched up.
Thankfully, people at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) were called and, along with rescuers from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the Woodside Fire Protection District, they rushed to the scene.
As unusual as the sight of this owl may seem, what this owl experienced was not that uncommon. Whether it's fishing line, plastic bags or balloons, seemingly benign debris humans leave behind in the environment can literally mean the deaths of wild animals and birds.
In this case, the majestic owl was nearly killed — by a kite string.