Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Are you watching the skies?
Well our little Merlin is now in New York with Dr. John Parks at Cornell University. He will be a part of their raptor propagation program, raising future generations of Merlin's to be released back into the wild. We're sad that we could not return him to the life he previously had due to his injuries, but we're hoping this new life will suit him, as he is a young bird and should adjust just fine.
Our possible placement of one of our non-releasable Great Horned owls has fallen through. Very sad as these Great Horn's are difficult to place in permanent facilities as their are so many needing placement. We have 2 that are in this situation, so we have long term patients here that truly don't need our help any longer, they just need a home that suits their needs. Frustrating!
We finally got to release our little female Sharp-shinned hawk. She was ready and so were we! Connie took her down to her place and let her go. She said she took off like a bullet, just the way she should have. I hope she does well and learns from her accident.
Spring migration is going on, so clean out your bird baths and feeders and go for a drive! Places near bodies of water are always a good place to start. I ALWAYS have at least one pair of binoculars in my van at all times and 1 good field guide. Yes, I still use a field guide. They are invaluable, no matter how long you've been watching birds. I think the Audubon field guides are my favorite.
I hope everyone likes the new changes to the blogs' appearance. The next thing coming is a Fundraising/Auction page. We hope to have donations of items related to wildlife of various types, then to auction these off every few weeks. Please be watching for this new page and we will also Tweet about it and notify everyone on our Facebook page as soon as it's up and going.
On Facebook go to Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation for more info.
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