Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Phee Phew! Phee Phew! Baby bird season has begun! Wild Bird Rescue has dozens of doves …Eurasian Collared Doves, White Wing Doves, and Mourning Doves. The sparrows have arrived too. The high winds last week knocked two nestling Red-tailed Hawks from a very tall Pine Tree and also a nestling Great Horned Owl. Today we got our first ever nestling Eastern Bluebirds. Eastern Bluebirds nest in very remote areas so it is highly unusual for someone to stumble upon a downed nest. Things are starting to get very exciting at Wild Bird Rescue! (Below is a photo of a Red-tailed Hawk) Phee Phew!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Wild Bird Rescue knows the start of baby bird season has arrived when the first nestling dove arrives. Currently we have one nestling and three fledglings. Unlike most birds, which place food into the nestling’s mouth, doves feed their babies differently. The nestlings will reach down into the mother’s crop as she pumps out formula called crop milk. It’s not really milk at all but a mushy mixture created just for the nestlings high in protein. When we get a baby dove in, we can’t replicate that feeding method so our rehabbers must gavage feed the nestlings. A special formula is drawn up into a syringe and fed by placing a gavage feeding tube in the nestling’s crop. The formula is then pumped into the nestling slowly as the syringe is squeezed sending formula down the tube and into the crop. Isn’t this little one a real cutie? Phee Phew!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Mother Nature had to get one last laugh at me. Due to the colder nights, I've had to be temporarily moved back inside…but I don't really mind. There has been so much going on at Wild Bird Rescue getting ready for baby season. In fact, we have two Eurasian Collared doves right now...the first of the season. Lila tells me the rehabbers are trying out a new diet this year which will improve growth and feather quality. I think our rehabbers are simply amazing. They are always researching new protocols and the latest techniques. Wichita Falls is very lucky to have such a place in which to take orphaned and injured birds. Can you imagine our city without Wild Bird Rescue? I hate to think about it because I would have been euthanized by Animal Control along with thousands of other helpless birds. If you would like to see Wild Bird Rescue continue their wonderful mission, just send in a donation or at least tell these fine folks know how much you appreciate their efforts. Phee Phew!