Sunday, April 5, 2009

Walter's update...............

Well it's finally trying to be spring, although we did get snow yesterday. Yuk!
Walter is now living with two other turkey vultures in Phoenix, Arizona. They're all getting along famously from what I hear. It's definitely been different not having him here. I hope he'll be happy and live many more years. The top two pictures were taken at the transfer.
We got a male Northern Flicker in the other day. Unfortunately, his injuries were old and infected and he died only a few hours after arriving. He was very thin, so I think that he had been down for about 5-6 days. I took some pictures after his intake. He's just beautiful. I'm sure you can tell by his beak that they are a wood
We're still working on the blog site, we're trying to get everything 'hooked up' properly and more buttons created but I'm very pleased with all the work Klaus has put into it.
Well, that's it for now,

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Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.

Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.

used with permission by Arlene Powers