Welcome from Missi, Avian Ambassador at Wild Bird Rescue, Inc.

I came to Wild Bird Rescue in the summer of 2009. Some woman found me on the ground and picked me up. Good thing she knew what to do. She took me to Wild Bird Rescue. At the door, a nice lady named Lila, picked me up and took me into a room called the infirmary. After a complete exam, Lila put me in this large box called a carrier. I stayed there for a few weeks while everyone decided what to do with me. Because I had completely lost my left eye, I would not do well if released back into the wild. The Migratory Bird Act of 1918 says I have to be releasable or be euthanized. Lucky for me Wild Bird Rescue decided to keep me around as their first education bird. I like to be called their Avian Ambassador...I think that sounds more important. Don't you? I will be going out to schools in the fall to help with presentations. I wonder if I get to use PowerPoint? I hope you enjoy keeping up with my trials and tribulations while I am learning how to work on the glove.

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

Lila met some nice young men last night at the Jefferson Awards dinner. They are Navy Seabees stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base. The Seebees are the construction battalion of the United States Navy. I don't know what they have to do with bees...maybe they are as busy as bees. They have agreed to help construct my mew. Phee Phew to the Navy Seabees!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010

It sure is nice to have Bob back at Wild Bird Rescue. All the birds sure have missed him. I understand he did a great job helping out the Wichita County Humane Society but the birds need him more. Glad you are back, Bob!!! Phee Phew...Phee Phew

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

Wild Bird Rescue is giving away a New 2009 Honda Rebel Motorcycle. Win a Wild Ride for Ride Birds will benefit Missi's Mew and other educational projects at Wild Bird Rescue. Tickets are only $10 each and a limit of 500 tickets will be sold. Call 940-691-0828 for more details or to purchase a ticket. Wow, I like those odds. Hmmmm...what do you think of a Mississippi Kite cruising on a 2009 Honda Rebel? Awesome!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

I really enjoyed my day in the outside aviary. I could hear the Purple Martins arguing with the Sparrows around the Martin house. I tried to intervene, but the Martins would have nothing to do with me. Do you think it is because Kites have been known to prey on Swallows and Martins? I would never do such a thing!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010

Ahhh...a beautiful Spring day. Lila is taking me to the outside aviary today. I can't wait. I love the smell of wet grass in the morning and the gentle breeze. Hey wait a minute...that's not a gentle breeze. It's going to be a gusty day. Oh well, the more wind the more I can ruffle my feathers. Ain't life great!

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010

"Soaring with ease on the lightest breeze
she's so joyous to be aloft.

On wings spread wide through the heavens
she'll glide on feathers whisper soft."

Written by Paula Ashby in memory of Ashe

April 22, 2010

The Mississippi Kite is a species of conservation concern. Historically, populations have declined in the southeast due to persecution by humans who consider birds like me a nuisance. I am a very misunderstood bird. That’s why I enjoy visiting classrooms and appearing on TV or in the newspaper. My duty is to help create future generations of wise stewards of this Earth. If humans would just stop and listen, then my role as an education bird will not have been in vain. Currently in Argentina, my wintering grounds are slowly but surely vanishing due to logging. Someday I hope a small child will grow up and stop the destruction of my habitat in South America. Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21, 2010

Sorry I’ve been away from the computer the last few days. Lila still won’t give me her password so I can’t do my blog. By the way…you should see the contraption to which Lila has me tethered. It is a big, round tire. I guess I’ve been a little too mischievous when everyone’s away. Now I have to just perch on this tire. Turns out I’ve been learning some very negative behaviors such as flying away when someone wants to enter my mew. I guess I am supposed to just sit there like a nice, little lady and hop on the glove. Go figure!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15, 2010

Today I had to get a shot of Baytril. Ouch…that hurt!!! The other day I was flying around in my mew and got hung on a hook. I was only stuck for a minute but the damage was done. The hook must have broken through the skin. Today it was a little red and weepy…the wound not me! I have to be on Baytril injections for 3 days. Yuck!

Hot off the press! Mississippi Kites are in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. They will be in North Texas soon! Yahooo!

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 11, 2010

I was not a happy camper this morning. I just wouldn’t open my mouth to have that mouse poked inside. Would you? As I was looking out my window this morning, I noticed someone had poured a cement foundation for the entrance to my mew. Construction is slowly coming along. I can’t wait to get into my new digs.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 10, 2010

Okay...OKAY!!! I know I am behind on my blog but I am feeling migration in my bones and I just can't keep my eyes off the skies. My kind will arrive any day now and I am so anxious.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 6, 2010

I am getting closer to the total I need to start construction on my new mew. Many of the volunteers and my close friends have raised over $1,250. I would shake each and every hand...if I had a hand to shake with! I can't wait to start my new life in my new mew!

Monday, April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

Hi everyone! I created a puzzle just for you. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "play arrow" to begin. I bet you can't beat my time! Remember, I have talons and they are great for moving around those little puzzle pieces.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April 4, 2010

Hey…did you see me on KFDX news Friday night? I missed it. We don’t have any TV’s in the aviaries for the birds to enjoy. Now personally, I think birds might enjoy watching Animal Planet or Discovery Channel. Oh well…thus is the life of a bird. Today I think I’ll eat a couple of hopper mice. Yummy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

Outside my aviary window I observed the greening of spring has begun. Many trees are in bloom and their leaves will soon follow. The air is filled with the innumerable calls of various songbirds and the Purple Martins are scolding the sparrows attempting to build a nest in the martin house. With so much excitement in the air, I wait in anticipation of the spring arrival of Mississippi Kites to our region.