Monday, February 2, 2009

This Week at Liberty 02/02/2009

With the exception of a certain overly hyped football game, it was a fairly quiet week at Liberty. We got in a couple more cormorants, Carl made a trip to Ft.Mohave, and the hand feed team is having a great time in the beautiful weather outside. Let's see what happened...
Another neotropic cormorant comes in.

A little help with swallowing.

Joan opens the door!

A new fisherman at Tempe Town Lake!
For some reason as yet to be determined, Liberty (and the other rehab facilities) have been swamped with cormorants in the last few weeks. Some make it, some don't. Like a lot of shore birds, cormorants don't eat well in captivity and have to be force fed. Our staff does a great job and last week, Joan and Alan reversed their normal rescue roles and got to release one of these guys at Tempe Town Lake.

An injured Cooper's hawk from the California border.
Carl Price made another long road trip to Ft. Mohave this week to transport a cooper's hawk and a great blue heron to Liberty. Both birds arrived in serious condition, but were in the best hands possible at our facility.

A GHO with a wing injury comes in.

Fluids must be warmed prior to administration.

A stylish purple wing wrap is applied.
Another great horned owl is in rehab. This guy has a wound of indeterminate origin on his left wing. Michelle and Lily carefully administer fluids and then wrap the wing for X-rays later this week. Prior to administering the fluids, they are warmed by putting the syringes in warm water for a few minutes.

A young harris' hawk with a possible GSW.

The wound is dressed.

Purple works for hawks, too!
A first year harris' hawk was brought in by Tony, one of our new R&T volunteers on his first rescue. Found by hunters, it is suspected he has a gun shot wound in his right wing. Hopefully, X-rays will confirm his injury in day or two.

Bailey gets some sun.
Most volunteers have their favorite birds, and Joyce seems to have chosen Bailey, our turkey vulture as her personal bird! Vultures drop their body temperature about 10 degrees each night to save energy, and in the morning, they spread their wings, presenting the dark feathers to the sun to gather solar heat. Truly amazing!

OK, here's a fun video showing Jan Miller and Anne Peyton feeding Pawnee, our ferruginous hawk. Why bother with bites and chewing...?

1 comment:

cristoforo said...

Hi everyone at Liberty Wildlife. We are Cris and Kay and we called in for the injured Great Horned Owl. (02-01-09) We have some history on "(Oscar)The Owl" (we hope he is a he) if not let's call her Olivia. For the last 7 years he/she has lived most of the time on our property on Happy Valley Road near Pinnacle Peak. We have 20 acres and a lot of mature mesquite trees (some are 40 feet high) he loves stalking from. He/she gives us many hours of pleasure as we have met many times at different locals on the property. One of his/hers haunts in partilcular is the 300 year old ironwood. He/she will just sit on a branch and just look at us, at most only 20 feet away. We also think there is a mate living on or near the property as we see them both sometimes.
This particular day we notice he was perched on a wall and wouldn't move. We noticed his wing was hanging. He/she let us get within a couple of feet and we knew something was wrong.
We have often seen "Oscar" fly off and zoom at break neck speed between the narrowest of branches of other trees and wondered how he/she gets through without injuring him/herself. Well we think that he/she missed and injured themselves if this is possible. The other possibility that we've talk about is we also have a resident bobcat that may have caused the injury.
Anyhow, we hope that Oscar/Olivia can be return to us in fit form and health, to a place of familiarity for him/her. Thanks to Liberty and the staff there.
Cris and Kay