Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
…is taking a family vacation this week in preparation for the holidays. HHH will return next week!
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total is now at 6484 for the year.
Only 11 days left until Christmas and at least the temperature is finally heading into the “winter” range. The intake window isn’t terribly busy now, but the bell still rings and the arrivals come in from the public and the Rescue and Transport team. Dr. Orr was on hand for Vet Night last Tuesday and with her leading the team, the activity was done fairly early. I came in to do an Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday and got to get some pictures of Greg and Alexa working on a new peregrine – always like getting some photos of different volunteers. A golden eagle came in last week and several of the previous patients are still in our care. Let’s see what took place…
Screech owls are always some of the cutest animals we see at the facility. Appearing almost as miniature great horneds, these diminutive nighttime killers are deceptively non-combative as they are examined, playing dead as a part of their defense mechanisms.
The goal is to get all the patients well enough to move into an outside enclosure. This is one of the last steps before release and will tell us whether the bird is flying well enough and is eventually sufficiently adept at the job of hunting live prey to be viable in the wild. This is the time of year when lots of birds get released to go “Home for the holidays!”
The injured ruddy duck is making incremental improvement. The broken bill has been re-splinted and his wing got checked and wrapped again by Dr. Orr this week. Everyone is pulling for this little guy and we all hope he makes it back to the wild world where he can be what he was meant to be.
A little male kestrel was taken in presenting a fractured humerus. The wing was wrapped by Dr. Orr prior to possible pinning surgery later this week.
Recently (see last week’s TW@L) a red tail hawk was brought in presenting some unusual head wounds. The bird has some cataracts and from his general appearance is on the “mature” side – quite the antithesis of most of the first year hawks and owls we usually see this time of year. Lots of our Education birds have reached an advanced age, but we don’t often see wild birds with evidence of this degree of maturity. I for one hope he makes it back for one more shot at life in the wild!
A golden eagle arrived from the Buenos Aires National Wildlife refuge northwest of Nogales last week. Border Patrol agents brought the bird to the refuge and Tim drove her up to Phoenix. Presenting injuries from a possible automobile collision, she was examined and had blood drawn in the ICU. No overt trauma was found but further observation and possible x-rays are on tap for the big girl. The preliminary blood test showed positive for aspergillosis which is always suspected in injured golden’s who have spent any time on the ground. We’ll keep you posted on her progress.
On Saturday, a small peregrine arrived with an apparently fractured leg. Most of the peregrines we see (including the fledgling from downtown Phoenix that we successfully treated a couple months ago) present wing injuries so this is a departure from the norm. The bird was examined, given fluids, and wrapped before being placed in a brooder for rest.
Weekly Progress on the New Facility
Yes, we really are going to get a new home!