|Connie with the Coopers Hawk on day of release|
|Coopers Hawk now free in Moab, just after toss|
We also released a Golden eagle of ours that had come in last year with West Nile Virus. She needed time and supportive care and was able to survive that bout and now was strong enough to release. We kill tested her just to make sure her vision hadn't suffered as many West Nile victims can. She did well and we decided to put her down near Boulder Mountain in Wayne or Garfield county so that's where we took her. She flew off very well despite extra weight. I tend to over feed my patients......must be the Italian in me. ;o)
|Getting her USFW band|
We took in a Northern Pintail duck that has a severely fractured right wing wrist joint. Unfortunately, he cannot be released because of this injury, but once we can that joint stable, Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City has offered to take him. He will be living in a huge pond area where he has free range and can do what he wants, when he wants! It's a great opportunity for him and we are so grateful for their offer to take him. Hopefully we can make the transfer happen by the first week of February or so.
We are working with a Red-Tail hawk that came in from near the Utah Colorado border after being struck by a car. This bird has no fractures but did have head trauma. We have a volunteer in Moab that is a falconer, so he is working with this bird for us to determine if he can now be released. Hopefully we will have an answer in the next week or so. At some point, we will be taking him another Red-Tail hawk, this one is a juvenile female. She came in with a fractured humerus and needed surgery. She had that surgery and now, it's time to work that wing and see what she can do. The fracture was mid-shaft so we are anticipating no problems with her range of motion with that wing. Both of these birds will need to come back to Price to be banded for release should it be determined that's what will happen. As rehabilitators, that is ALWAYS what we hope for. This is what is BEST for THEM.
|Red-Tail from near Utah Colorado border|
Thanks for catching up on things around here. We are busy as usual, but this winter has been busier than any I've seen before....................don't know what that means. I hope it's not a trend.