Monday, June 8, 2009

This Week at Liberty 06/08/2009

OK, this is where I start running endless shots of huge owl families... Well, I think they're impressive and the impact our foster parent program has made is just astounding, so get ready for lots of group shots. The non-baby intakes have slowed a little and now we're already seeing some of the first year birds trying to find their way in the world and making mistakes along the way. Liberty is always there to help the ones lucky enough to be found by somebody who cares.
A little goldfinch who isn't feeling well...
A baby/juvenile bald eagle who may never get to fly freely.
As always, the species or the size of the bird is immaterial to it's care at Liberty. From the tiniest baby hummingbird, to the little virden, to the injured goldfinch, to the little bald eagle juvie with two broken wings, everybody can count on the volunteers to do their best to make them releasable. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains...the one constant is the care they get.
A baby great egret.
Checking Art's math...
Several wading birds came in recently (see the baby cattle egret last week) including this young great egret. Presenting no overt trauma, he was assessed and hydrated, then placed in an outside run to gain weight and strength before being released in an appropriate habitat.
He's just a kid...
Jan checks some magnificent eyes while Joanie holds.
Some soothing ointment is applied.
A newly fledged red tailed hawk arrived last week.  His presentation included symptoms of a head injury that affected his vision. Some medication was applied to his eyes and an appointment was made at the eye specialist. His markings are beautiful and we're hoping he can regain his vision so he can be released and eventually contribute to the Arizona RTH gene pool.
A baby green heron is given fluids by Marion.
I wish I was home!
Another "wader" to come in was a little baby green heron who was picked up by an individual who thought he was in danger near the water. Chances are his parents were watching from overhead and were confused when he was taken by a well meaning human, but in any case, he'll now get the chance to develop in safety to be released when he can survive on his own.
Another successful surgery.
This little burrowing owl had surgery a few months ago on a damaged wing.  He is now quite healthy, but non-releasable. Jan is now trying to arrange his placement at another facility back east. I'd like to know who wouldn't want this little guy in their program?
Fourteen falcons...where else can you see this?
How many kestrels can you fit on a perch?
A dozen barnies!
Fourteen GHO's (Including Hamlet and Ophelia)
Hogan (white throat on the right) and her nineteen fosters.
The foster families are growing, but now we're getting into the release phase in some species. Soon the numbers will begin to drop as the intakes decrease and the older birds graduate to the flight cages and then to release. Again, not a single human imprint this year within the foster program!

Any warm mommy will do...!
A single baby duckling was brought in with some health issues.  Normally, ducks will have large (up to 14) clutches in hopes that a couple will survive. If one gets separated from the crowd, it's chances are dim.  This little guy got saved from certain death by himself and during his rehabbing, he was given a surrogate "mom" to keep him warm and give him a sense of security. So who cares if it's a raven or a mallard?


EagleHeart said...

Perhaps this episode should be sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas:

On the first day of summer
my true love gave to me:
12 barnies dusting;
14 falcons perching;
19 fosters hooting;
1 young eagle flying
and (altogether now) a baby ducky snugglin' a furry raven mum.


TW@L said...

Outstanding! Thanks, Jeanette!

Angela said...

Are all new arrivals of animals taken photos of?

TW@L said...

No, that would take a much larger blog than we have space for here. I only get photos of a small portion of the many arrivals on a given week. I try to get some of the more unusual stuff, but I'm not here everyday (well, sometimes I am...!) Hopefully I keep it interesting for everyone.