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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010

Wild Bird Rescue's new website is up and running.  On our site you can see some of the birds we have rehabilitated and returned back to the wild.  You can also sponsor a bird such as me!   If shopping is your thing, we have an online store or if you are in the giving mood...just make a donation.  We have a link to Bob's Wild Bird Rescue blog, Penny's A Charm of Finches blog and of course, my blog.  You can subscribe to all three and get updates via email.  I hope you will visit our new site at wwwildbirdrescueinc.org and let me know what you think!!!
Phee Phew!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24, 2010

At this special time of year of sharing and giving thanks for all we have, I just wanted to add "I'm thankful I'm not a TURKEY!"   Phew Phew!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17, 2010

I had a great time at the PETS Pantry First Annual Community Food Drive and Purina Rally to the Rescue Event.  I met many very nice folks who were  interested in my story.  I especially enjoyed being the subject of so many photographs.  There was a mountain of pet food donated.  Wild Bird Rescue did pretty well too.  We sold several Audubon birds, WBR note cards, and our new 2011 Rescue Calendar.  Oh, by the way...did I tell you November is my favorite month in our new calendar?  November features ME!  If you would like to purchase a 2011 calendar then please call WBR at 940-691-0828.  Phee Phew!

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010

PETS Pantry and Purina Rally to the Rescue present the 1st Annual Community Pet Food Drive.  The event will be held at Berend's Landing, 500 Wichita Street from 10:00-2:00 tomorrow-Nov. 13.  Come join the fun...and don't forget to bring a pet food donation.  I'll be there along with Lila and Bob to represent Wild Bird Rescue.  Phee Phew!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10, 2010

Winter is one of my favorite times at Wild Bird Rescue.  From my perch, I can see Lake Wichita and all the activities taking place on the water.  I especially like the birds that choose this lake for their winter homes.  I thought I would take a few minutes to pen some facts about a few of our wintering guests.  One which always fascinates me is the White Pelican.  I like to think of this bird as the Boeing C-17 of the lake.  This huge bird seems to be circling in slow motion as it makes its final approach for landing.  The American White Pelican is one of the largest birds in North America. The White Pelican does not dive for its food. Instead it catches its prey while swimming. Another unusual wintering guest is the American Coot.  This bird is often mistaken for a duck but is really a common waterbird.  What makes the coot so striking is the all black coloration against the white beak.  American Coots are noisy, gregarious members of the rail family.  One of the last vacationers I’ll share about today is the Double-crested Cormorant. The Double-crested Cormorant is a little more than two feet long with a wingspan of about four feet. It has dark brown to black feathers, a long hooked bill with an orange throat pouch, a long tail, and webbed black feet.  Some fishermen consider this bird a nuisance but I personally love watching them dive for food.  Well I hope you have enjoyed my mini-lesson about some of our wintering guests on Lake Wichita.  Students…I’ll be sharing more later this week.  Phee Phew!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 7, 2010

Glad to see Lila back at Wild Bird Rescue today.  She has been out with a stomach virus.  Things just aren't the same without her there.  I always eat more when she does her special little whistle for me.  Today I weighed in at 284 grams and I ate a total of 28 superworms.  Delicious!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 4, 2010

I wanted to introduce you to one of my new friends and followers Angad Achappa.  He is an engineering student and a wonderful photographer.  With Lila's help, I have added a link to his blog so all my friends could have the opportunity to see wildlife from the other side of the world.   His work is amazing.  Of course I am partial to the bird shots but I can handle the Bengal Tiger...from a distance!  Phee Phew!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1, 2010

Well Lila sure is happy about the cold weather finally arriving to North Texas.  However, I am not a happy at all.  You see, Mississippi Kites don’t do well in temperatures below 32 degrees which is why I have a secondary mew set up inside the main building.  Lila will be moving me inside tonight because we had a cold front move into the area.  Ahhhhhh…nice perch, plenty of sunshine and four solid walls make this ol’ one-eyed Mississippi Kite one very happy bird.  Phee Phew!