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.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27, 2010

We have a new bird visiting at Wild Bird Rescue, an American Kestrel. The American Kestrel is one of the most colorful falcons in the world and the most common in North America. Its wings are blue-gray with black spots with a rufous tail. Underneath the tail is white with a few black bars. The back and rump are orange to rufous, with a variable amount of black barring. The kestrel’s underparts are pale buff to orange, with some black spotting. The American Kestrel is crowned blue-gray with orange and buffy spots with dark centers on either side of nape, making "eyespots" visible from behind. Well isn’t that special! I'm just gray and more gray. The kestrel may be more colorful than me but I have red eyes…well in my case, one red eye. Top that Mr. Fancy Pants! Phee Phew!

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