Our busy time continues in the clinic with admissions from bald eagles to hummingbirds, bluebirds through downy woodpeckers and lots of ducklings, mallards, woodies and mergansers as well as goslings and everything in between. Our education department is busy too as our onsite tours have begun! A quick overview of the past few days follows.
We admitted an adult Bald Eagle yesterday. Jon Robenhagen, of Ogdensburg, found the eagle injured in the middle of a field where buffalo roam. It is likely the buffalo may have come upon the eagle eating a still born calf and injured the eagle. The great news is this large female eagle may have been down but is healing quickly and will soon be headed home. Her mate and a youngster are waiting for her there and were with her on the ground when she was discovered injured. Thanks to Jon for rescuing her and transporting her to REGI for care. She is bruised, her wing on the right side is swollen but not fractured. She has some broken blood feathers but has a strong determination we love to see in our patients.
We admitted a Rough-legged Hawk (RLHA)! This is very unusual as this species nests in the far north and only winters with us in the lower 48 U.S. He is a beautiful hawk but weighs in at only 560 grams. His normal weight should be above 1000 grams. We are feeding him liquid emaciation diet every 2-3 hrs. He looks so much better this morning. We are hopeful. We have never admitted a RLHA during the summer season before. It has been an unusual year in terms of both weather and migration behavior.
A Red-tailed Hawk was admitted from the Stevens Point area. He was shot in the right wing. As with all legal cases we will not comment further on the resolution of the case. It is illegal to shoot migratory birds and hawks.
More cat caught birds are being admitted. An adult male Robin is in care with cat bites as are several young robins, bluebirds and mourning doves. Please consider keeping your cats indoors during this sensitive time of the year. Baby birds cannot fly when they leave the nest and spend a few days on or near the ground. Adults place themselves in danger trying to protect their youngsters.
We have admitted more ducklings this year than anytime in our history. A few weeks ago we admitted a single mallard duckling. We were concerned it was lonely and were calling other rehab centers hoping to find at least one more for companionship.. That situation did not last long however. At this time we have thirty-three (33) mallard ducklings, thirteen (13) Wood ducklings. one (1) merganser duckling and nine (9) Canada Goose goslings. Thank you Dawn Stein, John Molski, and Cheri Bowman for transporting the little ones as well as they great folks that found babies and brought them themselves. We appreciate it so much.
We released a red-phased Screech Owl early in the week. She was from the Spencer area. Great to see her headed home again. We also released a Common Yellow-throat Warbler that survived a window hit. and several adult robins that recovered.
Our on site tours started Tuesday. Forest Park Village, an independent Senior Living Facility in Wausau was one of our first groups. It is good to be able to share our education birds on the REGI grounds as we get to meet some terrific folks as well.
So much happens here on a daily basis! I wish I could share each patient as they are all so special and interesting. I will continue to try to update as I can. Our interns are superb young people. We are proud of them already! They never complain about the long hours and repetitive work (try feeding baby birds every 20 minutes all day long) and even go to gather wild duck weed for our growing duckling population.