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!