Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Just a quick mini update....more later
So the Barn owls were released, all together near Price. I hope they will find plenty of food and make their own territories. There was one female and three males and were not related to each other. We set up a box for them to come and go from until they feel confident enough to strike out on their own. We put them in the box and waiting a few hours until dusk and then removed the temporary 'door'.
Ivie was also transferred to the Zuni's. They drove to Price and picked her up. We miss her already as she was with us for quite some time, hoping for a release, but the calcification on her healed bones made that impossible by affecting the nearby joints.
Our little finch was also released. We have one more in rehab that came from a late nest. He should be ready to go soon as well.
Our two doves and one pigeon orphans were also successfully released. The pigeon took a little more than initially thought as when we released her, she just turned around and walked back toward me. I took her to a volunteers' home and left her there. She comes and goes but likes hanging out with a turkey my volunteer has, so she now has a buddy. Can you picture it!
Well, that's going to be all for now. I'll look for pictures to post with this update......
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