With the recent storms we were inundated with 60 plus songbird babies including 5 Catbird chicks, 6 House Wren, 2 Baltimore Oriole, Savannah Sparrow, 2 Pine Siskins, 50 American Robins, Chipping Sparrow, 2 Blue Jays, 7 Flickers, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and those are just the baby songbirds in during the past week! There is lots of stuffing tiny mouths around here these days as well as the large patients of course. Songbird babies must be fed every 20 minutes their first week of life!
Along with admissions we released 47 adult patients since our interns arrived in May. We are delighted to say that all the starving American Robin and other patients, adults from the crazy late spring snowstorms and frigid weather have now been released! Great to see these adults that migrated to our area and then caught up in our unusual weather pattern, leave our care in time to continue with their life and have a family. Other adults released were 2 Common Loons, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 4 Northern Cardinals, 5 Mourning Doves, 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 3 Blue Jays, 4 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Merlin, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Ruffed Grouse,
Yesterday we are delighted to say we had a very successful surgery on a loon with lead poisoning. I will update you on that case in a separate posting. Many of our patients this summer have been tough cases and dramatic cases. Our interns certainly are earning their stripes this year and will leave here very skilled in the care of native birds. Each intern is superb! We have developed a fantastic team!
Enjoy some photos of our babies and recently released patients as well. Many of our releases were done as videos so you will see the pre-release photos rather than the actual release of many.