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.

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!

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