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Ways To Help Wildlife => Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation => Topic started by: gzebear on August 20, 2011, 09:37:15 AM

Title: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 20, 2011, 09:37:15 AM
I would like to introduce you all to the wonderful rehab center where I have been working three or four days a week since May. It’s called Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and is located in Freedom, Maine, about an hour inland from my home on the coast. Here is a link to their website:

http://www.avianhaven.org (http://www.avianhaven.org)

Check the Species Gallery tab for some beautiful photographs, and the Dedicated Facilities to get a picture of where I spend some of my best days ever. Their website is as lovely as the facility itself, and the people there are some of the most knowledgeable and caring people I have ever met. I love being a part of this wonderful place.  

We care for all kinds of birds at Avian Haven, everything from hummingbirds and tiny chipping sparrows to ravens, owls and of course bald eagles! I started out as a volunteer driver, transporting injured or orphaned birds, but very soon joined the summer staff. All of the professional rehabbers at Avian Haven are very generous with their knowledge and experience. Every day I learn so much!

The heartbreaks were hard for me at first. But the success stories help to ease those difficult times when precious birds don’t make it. A few weeks ago, I returned a mis-fledged crow to her joyful family. I have sent many songbirds off into the blue summer sky. This past week, I released a juvenile herring gull I had picked up in early August with a foot injury and soiled feathers – it was immediately greeted by an adult gull. A few nights ago, I was thrilled to offer a fully-recovered adult barred owl back to the woods where I had found him with a head injury.

There is not a day goes by that I don’t think of the gift I have been given by Mom and Dad Hornby who taught me that wild birds have very real and sacred lives. My gratitude to them and to all who have made this experience possible is beyond what I can put into words. But thank you all - Doug and Sheila, HEG, AJL, Booni, Wren, everyone - from the bottom of my heart.
Title: Avian Haven
Post by: birdvoyer on August 20, 2011, 10:40:44 AM
GZEbear, what a beautiful facility! It always is so reassuring to see that there are such places available to help some of the injured wildlife and birds. Unfortunately, many do not find their way to places like this. But, I prefer to look with optimism and hope. Thank you for being a part of this lovely rehab and giving of yourself to help these beatiful creatures back to their normal lives. Ambassadores, Mom and Dad Hornby, have touched many lives in many good ways and I will be forever grateful to those who continue to share their knowledge, experiences and love of wildlife.

I laughed out loud at the the pictures of the hatchling and fledgling Bittern. I had never seen one at this age and found them soooo comically cute.
 :wub  

(http://www.avianhaven.org/img/bitternhatchlingBB.jpg)       (http://www.avianhaven.org/img/bitternfledgeBB.jpg)

Both photos taken by Bob Brooks
Title: Avian Haven
Post by: Rajame on August 20, 2011, 11:28:03 AM
Gzebear,

I knew you were remarkable even before Finding out that you are volunteering and have seen this magnificent work of rehabbing in action is marvelous!  :ty :hug

Big hugs to you and all the group at Avian Haven.  :tyTruly remarkable work!!

Rajame
:hearts2
Title: Avian Haven
Post by: passerine on August 20, 2011, 01:10:30 PM
Copied pic from Avian Haven Merlin nestling. :heart Ty Gzebear.

(http://www.avianhaven.org/img/merlin6.AC.jpg)

photo by Amy Campbell
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 20, 2011, 09:56:05 PM
(((((Gzebear))))) Thank you for telling about this wonderful place.  I'm looking forward to seeing and learning more about the birds and what the center does to care for them.   :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on August 23, 2011, 04:18:15 PM
Gze :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: basenjimom on August 23, 2011, 05:01:34 PM
Oh Gze, I meant to reply earlier.  Sorry I'm so late.  This looks like a wonderful place.  :heart  I spent hours looking at pictures and past stories.  Please post some personal stories when you get a chance. 

For all of you new to this thread, here's a great place to start @ Avian Haven's site, the story of "Feisty".  It's a PDF file so be patient and let it load.  http://www.avianhaven.org/ahs2011_feistys_story.pdf    This is a wonderful story of yet again another rehab that not only rescued, but kept the loyal followers in touch. 

When you're done there, please read here...  http://www.avianhaven.org/benedicta.html   Avian Haven's flight cage was  named after their beloved Benedicta, a 4 year old Baldie.   :heart

Thank you GZE!! :kiss*  :hug   ( big smooch and hug )

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 23, 2011, 05:49:09 PM
Basenji, thank you for sharing the story of Benedicta.  It's beautiful.  Her friends at Avian Haven gave her the very best care that they could.  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Stokes on August 23, 2011, 10:39:44 PM
Wow, thank you for sharing these stories. I am totally amazed, a state of wonder. Thank you.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on September 09, 2011, 09:01:11 AM
An article in this morning's paper about a recent arrival at Avian Haven:

http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/camden-officer-rescues-hawk-from-roadside/442006?cid=58472
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 09, 2011, 12:32:56 PM
There is so much good work with wildlife going on.  That officer seemed to know how to capture the hawk.  I hope it didn't have internal injures, too.  Feisty is a good sign.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on September 18, 2011, 04:53:17 AM
Glori Berry is another great photographer of wildlife. She is a volunteer at Avian Haven so many of her photos are of the birds there. Here are some of her wonderful pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloriousbirds (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloriousbirds)

my current loves, the cedar waxwings:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloriousbirds/sets/72157629060425913/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloriousbirds/sets/72157629060425913/)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: passerine on September 18, 2011, 08:29:19 AM
Thanks Gze, I like her copyright mark. Nice slide show of the cedar waxwings.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on September 18, 2011, 12:54:39 PM
That is a neat copymark. 7 chicks for the cedar waxwings. That's a large clutch. By the way, it is nice to see a berry being fed instead of meat.  :ecwink
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on October 03, 2011, 06:11:10 AM

The activity level at Avian Haven has changed considerably since May when I began working there. It is so quiet now - most of the ICUs are empty, many small net cages quiet. We have only a few late nestlings - waxwings, goldfinches, yellow-throated warblers, doves, pigeons - the rest are injured juvies and adults, those who will be wintering over to moult new feathers, and a few resident birds. After spending most of my days in the infirmary this summer caring for orphaned hatchlings, I now have more time for those in the larger outdoor flight cages. I love learning more about all the birds - their unique habits, likes and dislikes, species-specific issues - and how to care for the sick and injured. And I love seeing what the changing seasons mean to wild bird rehab centers.

Diane has just put together a wonderful 'slide show' of some of the birds I have helped care for this summer:

http://www.avianhaven.org/SomeOfTheKids2011.pdf

Please make special note of the Skowhegan ospreys because it was one of those hatchlings that gifted me with my first direct-hit poop shot!
 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: birdvoyer on October 03, 2011, 07:33:13 AM
Oh my, gze, this is absolutely gorgeous photography and wonderful reading! You are so lucky to be able to share in this center's care for wildlife. I am at work and only got thru the first 13 pages but just loved the owls and especially the photos.  :heart I will read the rest on my lunch break. I found the photo from under the perch of the 2 little owlets adorable. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. What a wonderful place to volunteer. I am glad to hear the residency count is down. To me, that is a good thing (I think)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on October 03, 2011, 11:28:19 AM
Thank you for sharing Gze...how spcial for you to help there...and receive your first poop shot :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on October 04, 2011, 12:05:39 PM
Birdvoyer, wait till you see the bitterns! Yes, I feel so fortunate to be able to work with these wonderful people and these amazing birds. And yes, it is a good thing that our numbers are down - all those youngsters, hundreds of them, back to the wild where they belong.

Ccfan, thanks, I love sharing what I'm doing ...
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: passerine on October 04, 2011, 12:25:58 PM
I love that you do it. :ecsmile Great photos.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on November 18, 2011, 02:18:43 PM
New Slide Show from Avian Haven! Meet some of our interesting water birds from this year - Redhead, Red-Necked Grebe, Common Loon and Great Shearwaters:

http://avianhaven.org/WaterBirds2011.pdf

So many waterbirds this year! We hope to begin construction on a desperately needed "Pool House" in the Spring. You'll see the plans at the end of the slide show.

Enjoy these beauties!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on December 15, 2011, 02:15:11 AM
Since I began working at Avian Haven in May, I have kept a log of my time, miles and adventures in rehab and bird rescue. A few weeks ago, at six months, I added it all up: 5000 miles, 800 hours, 35 rescues and only 3 'wild goose chases'.  :nod2

I hope someday I have more time to share here what I've learned and the amazing experiences I have had with birds. These have certainly been some of the best days of my life. My most adventuresome rescue was a Great Blue Heron in the middle of the night. My biggest frustration was attempting to capture a turkey with an injured leg - but her wings worked great. In addition to many soft releases at Avian Haven, I have done some very special returns to the wild (including a juvenile bald eagle!). One that will always stay with me was the adult male cardinal who had flown into a window. He stayed with us for about ten days while his shoulder healed, then I returned him to the place where he was found. Hardly a chirp from him while in captivity but the moment he was released, he flew to the nearest tree and sang and sang: I'm here ... here! Such joy!

My latest heart-burst has been hand-feeding a tiny Saw-whet Owl. She is now eating on her own but for a few days, my time with her was nothin' but love and awe for this beautiful creature. We have also had several car-struck Barred Owls brought in recently. I just love the owls. Or perhaps more accurately, I love the way I feel when I am in their presence. They're just ... so ... awesome!

I hope that everyone takes a few minutes to check out Avian Haven's beautiful website: www.avianhaven.org. There are so many wonderful photographs (not referring to the ones of me!) and interesting case studies. And please consider Avian Haven in your year-end contributions. As a nonprofit organization, Avian Haven is entirely funded by grants and donations. This means that in addition to thinking about and caring for hundreds of birds (1300 annually), finding volunteers to transport them as well as mop floors and cut up fruit, we also need to set aside time for the daunting task of fund-raising. It is one thing to write a grant proposal for a new flight cage but everyday operating expenses are primarily dependent on donations from people like us. There is information on the website for making donations. Thanks everyone, for helping in any way you can. Now, back to the cage-cleaning ...
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: joyofdogs on December 15, 2011, 06:49:05 AM
(((((Gze))))  What wonderful adventures you are having AND you are saving birds at the same time.  I love your descriptions. I can feel the soft owl feathers and hear that cardinal declaring his freedom.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  Keep us posted.  Love Joy
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: paintnut on December 15, 2011, 06:57:14 AM
Oh gze what wonderful work you are doing.  Your descriptions make it real and are full of the love and admiration you have for the birds.  Thank you for sharing your adventures and your thoughts.  You are making a difference!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on December 15, 2011, 09:22:59 AM
Gze,

You and your work are truly a labor of love and inspirational. Who knew that your life would be enhanced so profoundly by the work of rehabbing.

I have always thought that you were extraordinary and this story proves it!!

:hug
Rajame
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on December 15, 2011, 09:49:32 AM
Gze:oh what fabulous adventures you have been part of! Thanks so much for sharing. And we are sooo proud of you doing this volunteer work! Way to go!

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 15, 2011, 02:25:30 PM
(((((Gzebear))))) your post warms my heart!  What a wonderful way to help wildlife...thank you for your dedication and all that you are doing.  It really brings back rewards to you, too, by seeing the good results!   :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on March 04, 2012, 08:32:30 AM
It’s early March and we are near the end of a (so-far) very mild winter. This has meant, among other things, fewer Barred Owls injured while hunting along roadsides. Last winter, oh so many owls. Right now, we only have 7, including our two surrogates Oscar and Emma. A rehabber called me “one of the Barred Owl people”, and that I am! I love these birds. They are quiet and peaceful, easy to feed and work around.

We have had quite a few Bald Eagles this winter. Two juvies that came in with lead poisoning, another ‘island girl’ hit by a car while eating road-kill, an adult female with foot injuries sustained in combat, another adult female who nearly died from some kind of poison, a few others. Eagles are all so different – some are outrageously wild and fly into the wall when anyone comes near, others more curious and just keep their distance and watch. With a special place in my heart for them, I love to observe their similarities and differences. It makes me wonder about a range of intelligence in a species, if some eagles are just ‘smarter’ than others.

One of our resident eagles is Bart, who is a retired education bird. This year he is turning 30 and we’re having a party for him (not that he cares). He deserves a celebration – he’s had a long and colorful history, part of which was to help bring back the eagles in Maine – he’s probably visited every school in the state. I’ll share more about Bart as we get closer to the celebration of his life. I spend some time every week with Bart, delivering food, cleaning his enclosure, etc. It took awhile for him to adjust to a new person, but we are ‘friends’ now. At least he doesn’t charge at me anymore!


I’m a little late with this end-of-year 2011 photo gallery, but I think you will still enjoy these:

http://www.avianhaven.org/Photo_Highlights_and_Thanks_2011.pdf (http://www.avianhaven.org/Photo_Highlights_and_Thanks_2011.pdf)

(those are MY Cedar Waxwings, by the way – I loved bringing them fresh berries!)

xoxo, gze

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on March 04, 2012, 01:38:11 PM
Love your reports Gze :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on March 04, 2012, 03:08:16 PM
I am awe struck looking through your slide presentations again. :wub
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: birdvoyer on March 05, 2012, 05:26:00 AM
Thank you, gze, for your update. I always love your reports and the center's wonderful "newsletters". Once again, the Bittern has captured my heart.  :heart  All of the photos are lovely.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on March 31, 2012, 01:45:51 AM

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Photo-Eagle-rescue-in-Litchfield.html

Link to report from a couple days ago - two eagles in talon lock fell and were caught in a tree, both hanging on. Pay no attention to the man who calls one a juvenile - obviously an adult, she's banded and is eight years old.

As they approached the nest with a bucket truck, the eagles let go and one flew off. The other fell to the ground and the wardens were able to capture her. She is now recovering at Avian Haven from cuts, puncture wounds and abrasions from hanging in the tree.

We have a second female still here, also recovering from combat injuries.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on March 31, 2012, 08:18:09 AM
Miigwetch for your reports Gze!!  Love the report above with all of the pictures!  Thank you so much for all that you do for all wildlife!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on March 31, 2012, 09:03:53 AM
Interesting to see the birds in the tree and still hanging on to each other. They sure have a rough life.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 01, 2012, 03:34:41 PM
Rehab day yesterday ... the Litchfield female is a beautiful bird. I helped change the dressings on her feet and hand-fed her ...  :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on April 01, 2012, 04:17:15 PM
 :hearts2. Gzebear what a wonderful day for you.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 02, 2012, 01:14:58 PM
dear friends, Avian Haven needs help! We are planning to start construction very soon on a new pool house to care for the increasing number of aquatic birds we have been getting in and to be better prepared for any incident on the Maine coast. Unfortunately, a grant that we felt so certain of receiving has fallen through and we are about $5,000 short of our estimated cost of construction.

Here is what rehabber Diane Winn has to say about it:

Returning wings to water: An all-season rehabilitation facility for aquatic birds

Few kinds of animals evoke the awe associated with aquatic birds, which are creatures of both air and water. And among them, few species capture as much public attention as Common Loons, a beloved and charismatic presence on summer lakes. Although Maine appears to have a robust and healthy Loon population at this time, there are some concerns, including habitat disruption due to recreational lake activities and shoreline development. Mercury contamination is perhaps the most serious current threat; in some parts of Maine, population viability is already negatively impacted. More immediate anthropogenic factors account for slightly more than half of adult loon mortality in New England, with lead poisoning from ingested fishing weights the leading cause of death. Other human-origin difficulties include internal and external injuries from monofilament and other fishing gear, and unlawful shooting.

Sick or injured individuals are readily noticed by members of the public, who may either contact wildlife agencies for assistance or attempt rescues on their own. Once delivered to a rehabilitation setting, Loons are one of the most challenging species, requiring advanced skills plus specialized dry and wet housing and a ready supply of fish. Pools with a continuous overflow to keep the surface water clean are a must, as is a means of siphoning or vacuuming waste products. Though the heaviest demand is during the warmer months, some pools may be needed year-round, which requires heating of water and/or ambient air in the winter. Avian Haven has met these requirements, but our Loon admissions have increased dramatically in the last year, and we could better serve the birds by upgrading our capacity, in terms of pool size, number, and ease of winter operation.

Although highly visible to the public eye, Common Loons are just one among many aquatic avian species, all of which have similar needs in rehabilitation. The proposed structure would house four rectangular 2' deep fiberglass pools ranging in surface area from roughly 16 to 72 square feet, and in volume from about 200 to 1,000 gallons. A compact tub would provide an additional swimming area for small birds. Each pool would have its own water supply, overflow standpipe, and drain (with all pool outflows feeding into a common drain). Removable heavy-duty pool heaters could bring water temperatures as high as desired for winter or convalescent use. Haul-out areas adjacent to edges of the pools enable birds to leave and re-enter the water on a temporary, as-desired basis. Individuals that need to spend longer periods out of water (e.g., birds with wounds or loss of waterproofing) can be placed in soft-sided, cushioned "dry pen" enclosures.

Each pool would be surrounded by ceiling-to-pool-edge curtains, which would keep individual birds within their own pool areas and limit visual contact with any people working inside the building. The structure would have a concrete floor, two windows on each side, plus several skylights in a hip roof. The building's overall dimensions are 24' x 20' (480 square feet). To facilitate winter use, the building would be insulated, and all windows would have removable translucent storm panels (hung at the top to facilitate venting). During the winter months, a small propane heater can provide higher air temperatures when needed.

As of February, we have already raised nearly half the total projected cost of this project. Several grant proposals to fund the remaining amount are under consideration or in preparation. Additional private donations to help close the gap between the amount already in hand and the amount needed will allow us to move forward.

Here is the design by Terry Heitz:

                          (http://www.avianhaven.org/img/aquatic.gif)


We are very excited about this project and hope to begin construction soon! Please help, if you can, with a donation of any amount. Please designate with your donation that it is for “The Pool Hall” and that you are a member or friend of Our Nature Zone. If you would like to help using PayPal or a credit card, you could go to our website www.avianhaven.org (http://www.avianhaven.org) and click on the links at the top of any page. You can also send a check to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, 418 North Palermo Road, Freedom, Maine 04941 USA.

Thank you all so very much!
 :heart gze


PS. Later this month I will be attending an Oiled Wildlife Care Volunteer Workshop
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on April 03, 2012, 07:52:10 AM
Sure sorry to hear the Grant money fell thru.  Hope we can help out some, for this great rehab and birds in need.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 03, 2012, 04:19:55 PM
Thank you emc! We have received other grant money (this is a very large project) - it was one grant in particular we were also counting on that left us 'yikes'. That's the way it goes sometimes ... but hopefully we will find the funds for construction because we definitely need more room for aquatic birds - and we need it this year. Thank you for helping. I will keep you posted on progress!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 08, 2012, 11:40:58 AM
Good News! 'Feisty', the beloved Peregrine Falcon released by Avian Haven one year ago today, was identified by his color band at a new eyrie yesterday!

Here's his story: http://www.avianhaven.org/ahs2011_feistys_story.pdf



PS. Still hoping to get enough donations coming in to go ahead with our 'pool hall' this spring ... (see previous post: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=895.msg103275#msg103275) .... thanks to everyone for helping out.  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: winterwren on April 08, 2012, 12:59:08 PM
Gzebear, what an amazing story.
I love how how Avian Haven documents the details of those stories. Thanks so much for these insights into your world.

Any idea how far Feisty's new eyrie is from his release site?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: basenjimom on April 09, 2012, 01:18:19 PM
Wooo Hooo Feisty!!  and congratulations to Avian Haven.  Your hard work and dedication has given the world another Peregrin, and a 'feisty' fighter at that!!

Sending a little something for the new "pool hall".  I'm can hardly wait to see all the little birdies enjoying a game of billiards  :eclol
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 10, 2012, 04:07:44 AM
hi to Wren ... it's my Avian Haven day today so I will get more details about Feisty and report back ...

Here is a link to the webcam of the 'nest' where Feisty hatched in 2009:

http://www.briloon.org/peregrinecam

Enjoy! and long live the Peregrine Falcons!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 13, 2012, 06:44:28 AM
Wren, the sighting of 'Feisty' by a biologist was well over fifty miles from the release site, closer to his point of rescue. I have no further info but the biologist is hoping to get a better look / photo.

A few days ago, we were talking in chat about lead poisoning by ingestion in waterbirds - sinkers primarily. I posted a link to an interesting case we had last year where we used a technique called gastric lavage to flush out lead particles. Maggiesmom suggested I post it in the forum so here is the link to that story ... it's Case #88 Redhead:

http://www.avianhaven.org/WaterBirds2011.pdf


(I am curious about the way the Redhead's eyes look in the beginning compared to later in his treatment. It reminds me of the condition known as sanpaku in oriental medicine.)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on April 13, 2012, 10:06:08 AM
Fascinating info on Sanpaku eye. I found this article interesting.

The Sanpaku Eye

http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=4762
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 16, 2012, 05:47:08 PM
We were on local TV tonight! Our resident Bald Eagle, Bart, turns 30 this year:

http://www.wcsh6.com/life/programming/local/207/article/197796/144/Bart-the-eagle-turns-30

Hope this link works - it's just a short segment but well done I think. And you can see some of Avian Haven and the good people I work with ... and Bart!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: dizzymom70 on April 23, 2012, 11:39:14 AM
Thanks GZE !

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 23, 2012, 02:06:31 PM
Yesterday was a full and interesting day at Avian Haven. It started with two Rock Pigeon hatchlings. Their nest above a light fixture had collapsed and they fell to a grate just below. Their mother tried to brood them there, but their little heads were hanging through the grate ... not good. So they were rescued, brought to Avian Haven and are in an ICU, orphaned but uninjured and doing all right. They could fit in a walnut shell, they are so tiny.

For most of the day, I was there alone with Marc, one of the directors, which allowed me to be more involved with each intake. Next to come in was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker who had flown into a window - no broken bones so maybe just bruised and dazed. We had made up a nice cage with chunks of barky wood for him to climb on and gave him a dish of diluted maple syrup to enjoy.

The driver who brought the sapsucker was then sent (willingly!) with a crate and net to rescue a Great Blue Heron with an injured wing. She came back without even getting wet. Marc wrapped the wing, I gave fluids, and we settled the heron into a quiet space hopefully to heal.

We also took in two gulls - a Herring Gull with a wing injury and a Great Black-backed Gull, which is a very large and feisty bird!  

A woman driving along the road saw what she thought might be a hawk lying by the side. She went back, scooped it up in a sweatshirt and brought it to us. It was a female Sharp-shinned Hawk with a beak injury - looked like she may have fly into the side of a car. She's gorgeous! The woman was from the midwest and said she had never seen such a small hawk.

Then came the Osprey. This poor bird had gotten caught in some pot warp and was hanging upside down in a spindly little tree. Unable to climb the small tree, the locals simply cut it down and caught the Osprey before she reached the ground, untangled her, and she was brought to Avian Haven with a slight knee injury. Other than that and being quite stressed, she was in good shape. We'll let her rest, tend to the knee, give her some free fish, then she'll go back to where her mate is waiting for her as soon as possible.

Even with all these new birds, I had time to feed and care for our owls, ravens, crows and 8  :heart Bald Eagles. We have 4 adult females in rehab right now - I call them all 'Mom'.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on April 23, 2012, 02:18:50 PM
 :heartGZE :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: jeavverhey on April 24, 2012, 10:02:18 AM
gze what exactly is pot warp - I have never heard of that?  Google says it has to do with commercial fishing - is it net?

Once again your day sounds awesome and my eyes are green
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on April 24, 2012, 02:51:05 PM
hi Jeav ... pot warp is plastic 'rope' - it often comes in bright colors and is mostly used by lobstermen because it's cheap, it floats and they go through a lot of line with their traps. When it gets old, it gets quite prickly and is (in my opinion) nasty stuff. With so many lobster traps in the water here, lines can get caught in propellors and cut so there is often old tangled up pot warp found along the shore.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on April 24, 2012, 03:04:07 PM
GZE!!!!!!!! You are my HERO!!!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing the story of your day.

Blessings to you and the wildlife!

:hugs
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 25, 2012, 04:44:16 AM


(((gze)))  Gitchi Miigwetch for you!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 08, 2012, 09:21:11 PM
Saturday, one of my regular rehab days, I was getting ready to leave home and received a call from Avian Haven about an injured herring gull 10 miles from my house that had been captured and needed a ride to rehab. It was at the Sheriff’s Office, so off I went, taking along an extra box just in case. When they brought the gull to me, he was in too small a box for the hour-long ride to rehab, so I transferred him to the box I had brought, making him as comfortable as possible with soft towels.

As I was driving along to pick up the gull, I had noticed another gull acting strangely, walking along the side of the road by a park, so when I left I kept an eye out for her. Sure enough, there she was again. This time I noticed a bit of blood along her right wing. I stopped the car. “Hop in,” I said, but she went the other way. No, really, I insist. I parked the car, grabbed a net and we had a conversation about rehab. Oh! She can fly. But not very well – only got a few inches off the ground. Still, I needed help. So I called the local Animal Control Officer whose number I happened to have in my handy notebook, and he came to help. Being the (slightly) more agile of the two of us, I ran around her and scooted her toward the ACO, he netted her and off we went to rehab .....


                      (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0640-1.jpg)

Good news on both gulls – Deputy Jack had gotten his feathers in something greasy and just needed a nice bath and then some quality time in a warm cozy ICU. Parker’s injury was minor - looks like both will be releasable!



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on May 08, 2012, 09:38:35 PM
Way to go! Gze  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on May 08, 2012, 11:03:46 PM
Gze! You are my hero! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 09, 2012, 06:29:15 AM


Awwwww (((((((gze)))))))   YOU are the best!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 09, 2012, 06:55:44 AM
more good news ... I hope ...

Some of you may remember the story I shared in chat about the two eagles dangling in a tree, in a talon lock. When approached by game wardens, one flew off, the other was brought to Avian Haven. After having her foot injuries treated and some flight time in our big flyway, Mom Litchfield was released last week. Because of the apparent territorial dispute, she was released about twenty miles upstream in a neutral zone so she would have the option to return or stay upriver. Once out of the carrier, she headed straight downstream. Farewell, feisty Mom Litchfield. We all hope she fares well.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on May 09, 2012, 08:23:53 AM
Lol, she said, thanks but no thanks, that is MY territory. I find it amazing how they can figure out where they are so quick, and where it is they want to go.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 10, 2012, 06:50:07 AM
First songbird nestlings of the season - 5 little darling starlings with their big bright hungry mouths:

                                     (http://babybirdid.com/images/starlings.jpg)


We also have some woodcock chicks which are so adorable:

                                     (http://babybirdid.com/images/woodcock.jpg)


both photos: Toronto Wildlife Centre. I'm still fairly useless in the picture-taking department, but found both of these on an interesting website:  http://babybirdid.com/


Our four little Woodcocks eat a lot of worms, so guess who was out digging worms in the pouring rain! Nice big juicy ones, itty bitty little ones ... lots of worms for the sweet woodcocks ... chow down, babies!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on May 10, 2012, 09:48:11 AM
Neat to see the baby pictures. I am not familiar with woodcocks, will have to look them up.

So nice of you to dig for worms in the rain. Probably easier to find that way. :nod2

Website re: woodcocks

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Woodcock/lifehistory
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 11, 2012, 04:02:41 AM
The American Woodcock is such a curious little bird. We have them here but rarely see them except in spring when they do their aerial mating dance. I love their unmistakable call - meeep. I heard one not too long ago while I was walking. I stopped and looked and looked - it was just getting dark - and finally saw it. I waited a long time hoping to see the dance but had to leave to get home before dark.

I was delighted to see chicks for the first time. They are precious. Two of the chicks that were brought in were so little we had to hand feed them for a few days. Now they are eating on their own. By the way, I loved digging worms, but we have since purchased 1000 worms for our little woodcocks.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 16, 2012, 06:27:05 PM
I experienced another fun 'first' at Avian Haven yesterday. I caught a bird in mid-flight with my hands. A young starling had escaped from her cage and took off around the infirmary. When this happens - which is actually quite rare - someone calls "Bird Out!" and we all turn our attention to the escapee. I saw the bird and she was coming right toward me. Being young, she was perhaps unaware that I had long arm thingies and was about two feet above my head making for the back room. I reached up and nabbed her. Oh, did she squawk!

We had a new volunteer there who witnessed it and was way more impressed than she needed to be. She couldn't believe I caught a bird with my bare hands. But that was part of the fun. I surprised myself really. But I had seen ace rehabber Marc do this once, slightly more impressive: the bird was coming from behind him and he grabbed with one hand at the air where the bird would be when his hand got there and the bird flew right into his hand. I saw this and was duly dumbfounded.

We have had two more bald eagle releases this past week. Mom Brewer was released after four months in rehab recovering from foot injuries. And our youngster (sub-adult) was taken to Passamaquoddy land for a ceremonial release. Their land is on the Bay of Fundy, across from which is New Brunswick, Canada. I wish I could have been there. One interesting aspect was that this eagle was very active in the carrier for the long drive downeast and was very eager to be free. But when the drummers began drumming, she settled right down and was relatively quiet during the ceremony until the moment of release. It was a good spot, with many excellent perching options in the surrounding trees. But once released, guess where she went? She emigrated! A good strong flyer, she headed straight out across the water and landed in Canada!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Bluewing4 on May 16, 2012, 06:38:45 PM
Gzebear, your posts are so enjoyable to read. You are doing wonderful work.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on May 17, 2012, 07:19:27 AM
Oh Gze! You are doing such a service to the wildlife and us! Thank you for sharing with us.

:hug
Rajame
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 17, 2012, 07:16:05 PM
Walter (Pigeon) Release Day today! The lovely woman who brought him to me a month ago when he was injured is the one who named him Walter. It actually helped me to keep track of him amongst all the other pigeons. And today he was ready to go home. I called the lovely woman to see if she wanted to be there and she was excited to join me. We took Walter to the park near where he was rescued. At first he just strutted around on the ground a bit to get his bearings, then flew off to join the local flock. Success. Have fun, Walter!

This afternoon, I found a sweet Painted Turtle who had been run over by a vehicle. Her shell is cracked but I patched it up with Tegaderm as best I could, gave her some arnica and will take her to rehab tomorrow. I also removed a leech from inside her shell. Ewww.

Tomorrow, we are releasing a Loon who has been in rehab for quite some time. Will report back - and hopefully remember to get a few pictures!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 18, 2012, 07:23:32 AM
Another busy day ... just drove 10 miles down the road to capture an injured Herring Gull. Had to outrun her, but at least she couldn't fly like the last one! Now off to rendezvous with Avian Haven folks for Loon release and give them the turtle (still alive - yay!) and the gull ...
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on May 18, 2012, 07:30:55 AM
Gze you are my hero! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on May 18, 2012, 08:14:40 PM
(((((((((((((GZE))))))))))))
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 19, 2012, 03:47:49 AM
The Loon release went well. She seemed utterly delighted to be free and in the salt water - preened and flapped and 'snorkeled' and dove. I stayed after the others left just to watch her awhile. As the tide was going out she beached herself and sat on the beach a long time before making her way back to the water. In the meantime, I saw 4  :heart eagles - 2 adults, sub-adult and a juvie, 4  :heart ospreys, lots of ducks and gulls. Will post some photos later (!) ...

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: birdvoyer on May 19, 2012, 05:18:39 AM
Thank you gze for all that you do and taking the time to share your adventures with us.  :heart  I love to read here and of course, the Avian Haven newsletters.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on May 19, 2012, 08:47:49 AM
Oh the joy she must have felt! Can't wait to see your photos.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on May 26, 2012, 02:50:15 AM
Still some photos coming, but it's been a bit hectic here lately. Meanwhile, enjoy this new slide show by Diane Winn:

http://avianhaven.org/ahslides_2011-12_Winter_Spring.pdf (http://avianhaven.org/ahslides_2011-12_Winter_Spring.pdf)

It includes four case histories from this winter/spring: a Herring Gull that we lavaged, a Wild Turkey with an arrow through his body, Mom Brewer and her beat up feet, and Hannah, the adorable Mallard. All were successfully released. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 04, 2012, 06:15:42 AM
Here it is, June already, and we are in full swing of early Summer with many youngsters – fledglings, nestlings, hatchlings, and even eggs that we have incubated. We’ve got baby crows, ravens, barred owls, great horned owls, wild turkeys, mallards, hooded mergansers, robins, chipping sparrows, song sparrows, house finches, phoebes, cowbirds, grackles and of course, starlings. Over 40 young starlings have come through the door in the past few weeks in various stages of development. Last night just as I was about to leave, we got a call from someone bringing us a nest of five more. No room! Well, we just make room, so we got out a dishpan, lined it with towels, made a nest … we have over a dozen starlings in an outdoor flight cage waiting for the deluge of rain to pass so they can fly free. I've worked a few extra days lately, but this week our summer interns begin - phew!

The loon release I mentioned earlier (the loon I now affectionately call Loony Loon) turned out to be a release in progress. I think she will find her way into one of Diane’s fabulous slide shows because she is a very special case. She had been in rehab for five months, shot in the shoulder and with a fish hook stuck in her gizzard. With our limited facilities for water birds, she spent a great deal of time indoors. Consequently she did not molt as she should have. The result (in addition to healing and conditioning) was a compromise in her waterproofing. So she needs to spend a certain amount of time out of the water drying off, until she molts again. One potential problem is that, to some people, a beached loon appears to be an injured loon.

After her initial release (a quiet river basin on the coast, about ten miles from my home), I watched her for an entire day as she beached herself, got back in the water, swam, dove, snorkeled, preened and beached herself again. At the end of the day, another loon flew in and both loons headed up the river out of sight. When I returned the next day, she was on the shore upriver. Later that day she was still there, having sat out the tide. The next morning, she was back in the outer cove, and I stayed with her awhile. There were many eagles flying about, and ospreys. At one point, a sub-adult bald eagle flew down to where she was nestled on the beach. This startled her into the water, where she swam around for a while, snorkeling and diving, then came over to where I was sitting and shuffled up onto the warm stones. I stayed awhile, pretending not to be keeping a keen eye on her. Eventually she got off and swam out to open water, met up briefly with a harbor seal, then headed up the bay out of sight.

The next day, we received a call about an 'injured sea bird' on a nearby beach. I thought of Loony Loon and sure enough, there she was. The children playing at the beach had discovered her. After a conference with Diane at Avian Haven, we decided that this was really too popular an area for a loon that needs to spend time out of the water. So I scooped her up and off she went, back to rehab. A couple days later, she was re-released, further downeast, in a much more isolated area. Another Avian Haven volunteer also lives nearby and keeps watch. So far she seems to be doing well and is ‘making a living’ (catching fish). She was last reported hanging out with another loon … and that’s the last we’ve heard. Perhaps that brief return to rehab was the lesson she needed to see what her choices were. Good luck, Loony Loon, stay away from people!


Oh … pictures. I’m not a photographer, but here are a few only semi-blurry shots:


Loony Loon:

        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Loony%20Loon%20release/IMG_0687.jpg)


snorkling:

        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Loony%20Loon%20release/IMG_0689.jpg)


eagle eying her:

        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Loony%20Loon%20release/IMG_0743.jpg)


osprey watching for alewives:

        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0696.jpg)


headed up the bay:

        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Loony%20Loon%20release/IMG_0740.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 04, 2012, 06:47:12 AM


Gze..
Gitchi Miigwetch for your story along with your wonderful pictures!  I sincerely hope that Loony Loon has made her way to the freedom she (and all critters) deserve!  What a testament to human kind in taking her in and showing her that not all two leggeds intend to harm!
Keep up the good work!  You give us all lessons!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 06, 2012, 06:27:44 AM
The Road to Freedom

Sometimes the journey to rehab is as powerful as being there. The road to Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine, looks mostly like this:

                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0776.jpg)
                 Moody Mountain Road

I don’t drive fast. I don’t want to miss anything, and I don’t want to hit anything. Besides, the speed limit is rarely over 40 mph. So the 35 miles takes me 50 – 60 minutes, depending on how many times I just have to stop.

Yesterday morning driving along Hope Road, I was listening to Malcolm Dalglish singing “Walking at Night" from his album, Hymnody of Earth:

            How many times have I come to you
               Out of my head with joy …


It’s one of those songs that brings me directly back to my love for life and for this beautiful planet. Then a crow flew out from the woods and proceeded down the middle of the road. I slowed down so I could watch her, and she flew right down the middle of the road, just above my car, following the curves of the road. I stayed right behind her, Dalglish singing, my heart in awe of the magic. We did this for over a mile, then a car came up behind me and she flew off into the woods.

            You are the known way leading always to the unknown,
               And you are the known place
               To which the unknown is always leading me back ….


Young Crow, the first bird I both rescued and released, June 2011:

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0222.jpg)



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on June 06, 2012, 07:03:57 AM
What a day Gze! How lovely and profound. :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 06, 2012, 12:40:13 PM
Not-so-clever Squirrel Feeder

Oh, how I wish I had taken a picture of this! I just rescued a young starling from one of these:

(http://www.duncraft.com/common/images/products/main/6142_300.jpg)

She had gone in the wide end (no corn in it), got her head out one side, a wing out the other side, then spiraled herself all the way to the narrow end as far as she could go, which was almost all the way. My husband was with me so I had him relieve the pressure by pulling on both ends while I gently 'uncranked' her till she could get her head free, then her wing.

She seems okay, but will go to Avian Haven for a more thorough exam and testing in a flight cage. That is a dangerous contraption!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on June 06, 2012, 04:50:34 PM
GZE,

The crow flying in front of you leading you was telling you "you are on the right path" !
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 09, 2012, 07:36:11 PM
The young starling I rescued from Bad Design Corncob Holder was released today with a murmur of about a dozen other young starlings. The cat-caught young robin I helped rescue a couple days ago died overnight. Last night, I was brought a young chickadee. Chickadee juvies are soooo adorable - such feisty little things! This one must have flown into a window because a dog had picked her up, and the dog's owners played with her for awhile before calling a rehabber. She was perching on various fingers but not flying. I looked her over and she seemed okay, put her in a box in a warm quiet place overnight. By morning, she had come to her senses and was jumping all over the box. When I took a peek, she flew out! Grabbed her ... back in the box, then took her to rehab with me. She showed no sign of injury so it looks like she'll be okay. I feel such a sadness for this tiny being separated from her family. I know that it could very well mean the difference between life and death for her, but still ... the dog owners said the mother was calling frantically. I can just imagine. I hope I can return her to her family.  :heart

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: birdvoyer on June 10, 2012, 10:23:37 AM
Gze, thank you for all that you do! The unfortunate losses help us to remember how great and important the successes are. Your heart should be full.  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on June 10, 2012, 10:49:08 AM
I second Birdvoyer...very well said :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 10, 2012, 07:08:25 PM
Thank you, ccfan and birdvoyer. I love what I do - the rescues, transports, my two days a week at the Center. Many heartbreakers but the recovery time has gotten a lot shorter. And I do get 'messages' all the time, ccfan (like from the crow), that I'm on the right path. I don't know where it leads, but I know when I'm on it!  :nod2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 29, 2012, 08:53:41 AM
Coming up to the end of June ... I am trying to divide my time at Avian Haven between my work in the large flight cages -  caring for the eagles, owls and corvids - and not missing out on all the songbird nestlings we have at this time of year. Tuesday was a pouring rain day so I spent most of my time in the infirmary, feeding (hourly) 5 bluebirds, lots of mourning doves, 3 song sparrows, 2 wood thrushes, 3 chickadees, one little ovenbird, a sapsucker and a young woodcock for whom I dug 150 worms (in the rain). In between, I dodged the deluge to check in on the crows and ravens and deliver food to everyone. It's always a great day. A highlight was bandaging an eagle's foot. She had a cut on one of her toes - I removed the old bandage, cleaned and rewrapped her foot. Yes, someone else was holding her! But with that special place in my heart for eagles, I really enjoyed the opportunity to tend to one of them in the infirmary.

I have also had quite a few birds - mostly youngsters - at my home overnight recently. I am well-stocked with food and first-aid supplies (including mite spray, added recently) so it is easier on all of us than finding drivers to transport them an hour inland late in the day. Starlings, grackles, chickadee, robins, warbler, duckling and turkey chicks ... cheep cheep cheep cheep!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: boodle317 on June 29, 2012, 10:15:32 AM
Gze....keep up the excellent work!    :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on June 29, 2012, 08:40:30 PM
Gze  :grouphug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 29, 2012, 10:45:30 PM


Gze...YOU ROCK!!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on June 29, 2012, 11:26:47 PM
Well said Mishi! Gze, you do rock. Everytime I see your name I remember the night we were on vigil for Phoenix when on the nest alone all night. Best obs ever! Thanks for that. :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: passerine on June 30, 2012, 02:04:03 PM
Gze thank-you for doing what you do for the wildlife & sharing the stories with us. :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on June 30, 2012, 08:06:31 PM
Today was another great day at Avian Haven. I had a young pigeon here overnight so she rode in the back seat and cheeped most of the way. She's not injured - a nice young man picked her up by the side of a busy road where she was in danger of being run over. She'll join the others in the Pigeon House tomorrow.

We now have 8 eagles. One of them, a sub-adult, has been in the infirmary and we moved him outdoors today. I set up a cage for him with perches, a dinner mat, water tub ... and as a personal gesture, scattered a handful of sticks. When I went by later to check on him, he was playing with the sticks! See, I KNOW eagles like sticks!

I fed the bluebirds again today ... they are now on 2-hour feedings so it's easier to get work done outdoors. I also fed the sweet sweet little ovenbird  :heart and the cuckoos, made sure all the self-feeding songbirds had fruit, mealworms, seed, etc., according to their menu selection. It was sunny and hot so everyone got fresh water every few hours to drink (and/or play in). I love to walk by a big flight cage and hear an eagle splashing around in the water! Fun. And the eagles all had trout for lunch .... mmmm yum! The ravens got the roe. Our young owls are growing fast - we re-nested as many as we could, but still have 3 young Barred Owls and 2 young Great Horned Owls. I love the owls. They get fed at the end of the day, last thing before I leave. I love how they watch me so intently from their perch (with interest and alarm) as I leave food for them.

Driving home, I came across a snapping turtle that had been hit by a car and was dead. I took it off the road and checked it for eggs but there weren't any. Even if a female turtle is dead, if she has eggs they can be removed (fairly soon) and allowed to hatch. Unlike bird eggs, turtle eggs can not be 'turned' but must remain in the same position until they hatch. Some baby snappers I released last year ...

       Which way?

       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0279.jpg)

  
       Follow me!

       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0280.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on June 30, 2012, 08:46:27 PM
Marvelous day helping the birds Gze.  :biggrin3. I know it is for them, but I can imagine the joy it gives you too.  :eclove

Are there other people working or volunteering when you are there?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 30, 2012, 09:03:01 PM


Awwwww Gze.....Mishikeen rescuers extraordinaire!!  Miigwetch!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 01, 2012, 05:44:13 PM
Emc, yes, we have a great team of staff and volunteers at Avian Haven! Both directors – Marc and Diane – are here every day. In addition, we have another full-time licensed rehabber, three other part-time staff members like myself, plus two fabulous summer interns and numerous summer (baby bird season) volunteers. We currently have about 90 – 100 birds that we are caring for. Everyone works very hard, and the teamwork is phenomenal.

Mishi .... :nod2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on July 01, 2012, 06:07:51 PM
Thanks for info Gze. That's a lot of birds to divide up and care for.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 04, 2012, 07:46:56 AM
Had a good day yesterday at Avian Haven. Took care of all the eagles (they say I'm 'one of the eagle people') ... still 8, all in outdoor cages now. Fed the bluebirds (my babies), who are also now outdoors in a flight cage. They are beginning to self-feed, but still on two-hour feedings. I needed a stepladder to reach them up on their high perch! I also fed the swallow babies - oh, so sweet ... and many others.

We have always had wild ravens in the woods nearby - sometimes they talk to the ravens in the outdoor cages. Today, we heard their babies! They must have just fledged because they sounded very excited to be doing whatever they were doing. We tried to get a glimpse of them, but they were well-hidden in the trees.

Emc, I should mention that we also have dozens of volunteer drivers who transport birds from all over the state. We often use a relay method so one person doesn't have to drive 3 or 4 hours to get here. A bird may transfer several times between rescue and rehab.

And ... I decided to get an actual head-count on birds. At 4 o'clock, I counted 73 in outdoor cages, 55 in the infirmary. Between 4 and 6 o'clock, we admitted 16 more birds, so 144 altogether by the end of the day, cared for by six of us yesterday - in addition to dishes, laundry, cleaning, answering the phone, medical treatment, food prep, etc. Yes, it seems like a lot, but we are so organized that most days go fairly smoothly. By the end of the day the floor is mopped, the dishes done, laundry folded, and every little birdie tanked up and tucked in for the night.  :heart


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 04, 2012, 05:49:47 PM


Incredible Gze!!!  I really would love to see this space!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on July 05, 2012, 04:05:14 PM
 :heartGZE :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 05, 2012, 05:48:57 PM

Incredible Gze!!!  I really would love to see this space!!

Well Mishi ... you could!!

thanks, ccfan ....  :heart you too!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 07, 2012, 06:58:22 PM
And she did! This afternoon, sometime between eagles and owls, Mishi appeared at Avian Haven on her way north. It was fun to show her around, introduce her to Bart the Bald Eagle, our 30-year-old retired education bird, and also my buddy Vincent, a non-releasable raven youngster who will soon be transferred to an educational organization. She watched Diane feed tiny phoebe hatchlings, met some of my wonderful co-workers, and saw where our new 'pool hall' for aquatic birds is being laid out ...


                      (http://www.avianhaven.org/img/aquatic.gif)



Another great day! Thank you, Mishi, for allowing me to share what I love.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on July 07, 2012, 07:56:00 PM
How terrific for you both!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 08, 2012, 03:59:40 PM
I received a call from a friend this morning about a young bird who 'seemed lost'. She had been sitting on a wooden fence for quite some time and was obviously a youngster. Since my friend did not have outdoor cats in the area, I asked her just to keep an eye on the bird and see if it was getting anything to eat, either on its own or from a parent, and to call me back in an hour or so.

She called back later to say she had watched it closely and it was still on the fence and no sign of parents, so hubster and I went to investigate. It was a young robin, close to fledge age with a good set of wing feathers but not much on the tail end. We watched it together for awhile and suddenly, here comes a beautiful adult robin with a juicy worm, special delivery to the little fence baby. And then another worm. And another!

It was a beautiful day (and a beautiful garden) so we stayed a couple hours to visit and watch the young robin. She never left the fence but she stretched out each wing so I could see no injuries there, and she was standing well on both feet. I called Avian Haven just to confer and Diane agreed that to 'rescue' her would likely be to kidnap her. She had plenty of places to hide and if she got up on the fence she could certainly get down. And with no cats around, she was as safe as any young bird could be. So we wished her well and left her in the care of her wonderful parents in a lovely garden with our dear friend watching over them all.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: passerine on July 08, 2012, 04:40:14 PM
Thank-you Gze for sharing, it's heart warming to hear the stories. To know you and other rehabbers & volunteers are there for birds. :heart

Very cool you were able to stop by Mishi.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on July 08, 2012, 07:40:50 PM
 :heart Gze :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 09, 2012, 02:55:58 AM
The Catbib

Many young birds, like the robin we watched yesterday, can leave their little nest prematurely. If they can stand/walk and fly somewhat, even clumsily, if they are not injured and the parents are tending them, they are most likely not in need of rescue. Like my friend did yesterday, we just keep an eye on them and make sure there are no cats around. :nope

Cat bites are usually fatal to a bird, unless appropriate antibiotics can be given very soon after the injury. Obviously it is best to keep cats indoors, but a cat who has been outdoors is difficult to confine. An alternative, not especially attractive but apparently works well, is the Catbib:

                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/catbibCat8_150_zpsbb223bb7.jpg)

Okay, so the cat does not look pleased. But I think all outdoor cats should wear these bibs, which prevent pouncing, especially during baby bird season. They are sold by Cat Goods, Inc: http://catgoods.com (http://catgoods.com)

If you have an outdoor cat, please try this product. If you know of someone with an outdoor cat, please suggest it. Help save hundreds of birds with every Catbib!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 11, 2012, 05:06:43 AM
Rehab day yesterday - what a great day! I had had a couple house guests overnight - one was a young Broad-winged Hawk. I examined the bird, who had been found sitting in the middle of a road, and could find nothing wrong other than being a little thin, though not emaciated. So I fed him, and he gobbled up those pinkies. Yesterday, rehabbers concurred - he was fine, just somehow had gotten lost from his parents and ended up on the road. We put him in with two other broadwing youngsters so they can all grow up together. :heart :heart :heart

The adult pigeon I rescued a few days ago is doing well. She had been 'stalking' a young woman in her yard for a couple days, so we went over and picked her up. She was a little thin but otherwise I found nothing amiss. I gave her some pigeon food and she chowed down like she hadn't eaten in days, which seemed possible but a little confusing. When I brought her to rehab, the rehabbers identified her immediately as a 'racer' - a domestic ('pet') pigeon that had either gotten loose or been released. She hadn't eaten because she had never learned how to forage for herself but was accustomed to being fed. We are hoping that after some time in the Pigeon House with the others, she will learn how to be a real pigeon and part of a flock. She's very sweet. I might have to name her. :puzzled2  :ecsmile

I learned how to use the power-washer yesterday - yay, and then learned how to delegate that job to a volunteer - yay yay. Set up a cage for a Great Blue Heron youngster with bushes to hide in and a wading pool, and then escorted him into it. Fed all the eagles and owls, gave everyone fresh water, spent an hour with the young imprinted raven. Checked on all the sweet babies and did all the other things to be done. AND at the end of the day, I was asked to hand-feed an eagle (sub-adult) who is not yet eating on his own. Some birds do not take well to captivity - refusing to eat, for instance. We hand-feed them until they 'get with the program'. I packed that crop till it felt like a cantaloupe. He'll be good for awhile ...

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: ccfan on July 11, 2012, 07:11:22 PM
 I packed that crop till it felt like a cantaloupe. He'll be good for awhile ...


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Great mental picture! :mhihi
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on July 11, 2012, 08:59:26 PM
Ahhh Gze! You are my hero!! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 16, 2012, 08:58:15 AM
Busy day here today. Hubster and I rescued a herring gull with an injured wing last night. She was out on a pile of rocks with the tide coming in. I didn’t want her to go off into the water so I waded out with the net and captured her. Some kind people had been giving her bread which she apparently had eaten quite a bit of, because she immediately gifted me with the whole load of it. But we got her home, wrapped her wing, gave her some real food to replace the glob of glue she had lost, and she settled in for the night. Then this morning, another gull, also with wing injury that I had to chase down in the middle of the road with hubster stopping traffic. When we got home, a woman brought me some tiny baby squirrels her daughter had found. I sent both gulls and the mini-squirrels (for transfer to squirrel rehabber) off with a driver to Avian Haven. Now, on to the duck with the injured leg. Hope you all are having a great day. I love my life.  :heart :nod2 :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on July 16, 2012, 09:15:30 AM
Wow, Gze, busy busy with rescues. But oh so rewarding! Any pictures of the baby squirrels?

Seems like the word is out that you do rescues  :mhihi.  :biggrin3

Oh... And many thanks for your hubster, stopping traffic.  :eceek being a helper.  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: MaggiesMom on July 16, 2012, 10:17:56 AM
wow Gze - sounds like a great place and such wonderful work! better watch out or you will have a parade of us eagle peeps dropping by for tours
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 16, 2012, 05:30:13 PM
Thank you, emc and maggs ... emc, I am just so lame with a camera. I have a nice little camera but it seldom occurs to me to use it ... :ecrolleyes  Maybe tomorrow, when I go, if the squirrels are still there ... and it occurs to me ... :ecsmile

Maggs, come ahead! Avian Haven is not open to the public - we are basically a hospital (and nursery) and try to minimize human contact for the birds. No exhibition or education birds, just a few permanent residents who are surrogate parents. But, I would love to show you around this amazing facility - we'd have to do that on a day that I wasn't working!

We just broke ground for our new pool hall! A giant hole and huge mounds of dirt. Wow, it's becoming a reality. Very exciting! 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: MaggiesMom on July 16, 2012, 05:45:26 PM
we need to share your pool hall plans with Nan - and she needs a thread for the rehab she's working at.  She has a mud puddle that needs digging out for the waterbirds.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on July 16, 2012, 07:43:37 PM
Maggiesmom, where does Nan work? Would love to have a topic , info, news, and...pictures.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: emc on July 16, 2012, 07:45:31 PM
Gze: its OK if you aren't great with a camera, you are great with the critters.  :eclove

Need some paparrazi at Avian Haven.  :nod2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: Rajame on July 16, 2012, 08:50:57 PM
Gze and Nan, you are such a blessing! And inspirational! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 17, 2012, 05:22:12 PM
Maggies, Nan ... here is a link to the pool hall plans: http://www.avianhaven.org/aquatic.html (http://www.avianhaven.org/aquatic.html)

The footings are being poured! It is going to be awesome!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: PamNY on July 17, 2012, 07:39:46 PM
Gze, I love your stories of rehab!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 18, 2012, 04:12:25 AM
Thank you, Pam - nice to hear!  :ecsmile

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of birds coming in, all kinds - an unusual number of herring gulls, two of which hubster and I had rescued. Also quite a few kestrel youngsters. Yesterday, we introduced the four young kestrels to their new mom - our surrogate kestrel mother, Gracie, who LOVES having babies to tend to. She lives in her own little castle and now she will be very busy teaching these kids how to be kestrels.

Kestrels exhibit some unusual behaviors in rehab, unlike any other bird I've seen. Wish I had a video of this ... trying to handfeed a young kestrel on a perch. As I approach with food, he opens his mouth and then backs away in terror. But he's still holding onto the perch so basically now he is horizontal with the perch. I back off and he returns to upright position. We try this a few more times - well, quite a few more times - before he allows me to get close to his mouth. They are precious little birds. Also, we took in an adult and when I introduced him to his new room, he laid on his side in the bottom of the cage and didn't move for an hour. I asked rehabber to check on him and she said, 'yes, that's what they do.' Later, he had recovered from the shock and got up on his feet to check things out. I look forward to seeing how the youngsters are doing in Gracie's castle:

                              (http://www.avianhaven.org/img/smraptor2.jpg)

We received a call about an injured eagle yesterday and sent our raptor handlers out. They found a fledgling on the ground seemingly unable to fly but watched awhile as it fleaped its way back up the tree to the nest. Yay!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: gzebear on July 18, 2012, 04:26:09 AM
Nan, yes! Let's have a thread for Wildlife Freedom! Would love to hear more about your experiences there!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 18, 2012, 05:27:27 AM


Gze:
Finally have landed home long enough to post my thanks to you for showing me around your sanctuary!  What a wonderful time to meet up with you (if only for a few minutes) and to see all of the wonderful critters in your care in their beautiful temporary home!
Many blessings to you for all that you do!  I honor you!!

Look forward to seeing you again soon!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Post by: NancyM on July 18, 2012, 09:52:44 AM
Nan, yes! Let's have a thread for Wildlife Freedom! Would love to hear more about your experiences there!


I set up a topic for nan and PM'd her the link ~  I'm looking forward to hearing more and seeing some pictures from her.
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1198.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1198.0)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on July 18, 2012, 02:33:47 PM
Wonderful! Thank you Nancy. We are proud that some of our members volunteer at Rescue and Rehabs. Some of our friends began volunteering in this capacity after watching the live cams .  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on July 18, 2012, 02:39:32 PM
Thank you, Nancy. I've enjoyed Nan's stories in chat, and it will be great to have them here for all to enjoy.

I was called on a bird rescue this afternoon - a Canada Goose, seen with an injured wing beside the road about 15 minutes away. When I arrived, there was no sign of a goose. But there was an animal control person there looking for an eagle that had allegedly been hit by a car. No sign of an eagle either - no feathers anywhere. We looked and looked all along the road. But there was lots of goose poop and we could see that there was a trail down the bank from the road to a stream and a marshy area on the other side of the road, so it seemed obvious that geese traveled this route frequently - across the road from marsh to stream, vice versa. The goose may have made her way to the stream which was impossible to reach. The neighbors are keeping an eye out for her.

But the double report made me wonder if the person who reported an eagle had actually seen a goose, not an eagle. A flash of black and white? We have had numerous birds reported and/or rescued that weren't exactly what they appeared to be. I've taken in two 'baby crows' recently - one was a juvenile grackle, the other was an adult grackle. I received a bird once that the woman who rescued it could not imagine what it was. It was a turkey chick. She looked at it again, ohhhh, of course!

Once I picked up 'some kind of hawk' for transport to rehab. I just had to take a peek to see what kind of hawk it was. It was a grouse. Their coloring is very similar for sure, but there's a certain lack of very pointy things in a grouse. When I reached Avian Haven, they asked what kind of hawk it was. I said, "It's a grouse hawk." They smiled. They knew exactly what I meant.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 18, 2012, 05:23:55 PM


Gze...YOU ROCK
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on July 18, 2012, 05:51:02 PM
Mishi dearest, I'm sorry we had such little time to visit, but I am so glad you were able to stop by for a quick tour. Next time let's hope for a non-working day with more time to enjoy the wonders of Avian Haven ... and you can see the big hole where those stakes were!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on July 19, 2012, 10:38:36 AM
Re: Gracie the surrogate kestrel

Getting the opportunity to be the surrogate and raise babies has got to be the best enrichment for Gracie.  :eclove. And teaching other little ones what they need to know gives a second chance at a good life to many.  Got a love it!  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: jeavverhey on July 20, 2012, 06:19:11 AM

Gze...YOU ROCK
AMEN  :thumbup:  :nod2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on July 25, 2012, 06:16:09 AM
Tuesday, July 24, what a great day - I got so dirty. I emptied, cleaned and refilled the three large water tubs for the eagles. They are the kind you can climb into, which I did. :ecsmile The largest is about 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep. They have big rocks in them for the birds to stand on.

While I was doing the one in the flyway, some co-workers came in to check on the Great Blue Heron juvie who is in one of the inside cages of the flyway. When they left, they latched the door! Haha, locked in with the eagles, not a problem! I thought about calling help! but figured there must be a more clever way to get out. So I took the handle off a plastic bucket and used it as a hook to snake through the wire and unlatch the door. Then put it back on the bucket.

Later I said to my co-workers, "Just so you know, if you ever get locked in the flyway compound, you can use a bucket handle to get out." We had a good laugh. I would have been content to stay in there, but I had other birds to feed. :heart

Here is the flyway compound (in Autumn):

                        (http://www.avianhaven.org/img/raptorificage.jpg)


and the inside:

                        (http://www.avianhaven.org/img/large_raptor_compound_fp.jpg)


The flyway itself is about 160 feet in circumference, allowing for continuous flight. It is wonderful for testing the flight capacity of raptors. Right now it is inhabited by three of our Bald Eagles. We put a falcon in there once to see how she would do and she did three loops in the blink of an eye!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on July 25, 2012, 03:47:34 PM
Very cool enclosure, glad you found your way out.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 20, 2012, 05:25:09 AM
I've also posted this in the "Everyone Can Help" topic ....

I've started a mealworm farm for Avian Haven! It started out as a way to have insects on hand when I do insectivore overnighters. Coastal birds that come in late in the day often spend the night at my house and are transported to Freedom - which is an hour inland - the next morning. This includes youngsters and minor injuries, not anyone in need of immediate professional help. I have all kinds of seeds, fish, mice in the freezer, baby bird formula ... just needed a few mealworms for those special someones. So I took a handful of mealworms from Avian Haven, brought them home and set up a container for them.

Well, my little farm has grown - I found my first beetle had emerged this morning -  :thumbup: woohoo!

It's easy to do, painless, inexpensive ... just hoping the first big crop hatches before all my waxwings fledge!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on August 20, 2012, 08:42:58 AM
Gze, you are a mealworm farmer! That is so cool -- and interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on August 25, 2012, 08:06:36 PM
Gze,

I have a lovely mental picture of someone going in your freezer for veggies and freaking out at the mousecicles.

LOL
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 06, 2012, 06:05:28 PM
Don't freak out, ccfan ...

                        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/IMG_0884.jpg)

.... it's all (except the fruit) wrapped up in a plain brown bag and labeled "BIRDS" lol
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on September 07, 2012, 05:30:09 AM
ROFL...now some uninformed soul will think you're freezing birds...can you set up a camera for a funniest home video?

 :biggergrin2

( I come from a long line of people with a Charles Addams sense of humor...and we aren't even related)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 07, 2012, 10:06:03 AM
Haha, ccfan! I’ll have to change the wording on that!

Meanwhile ... ah, September. August was such an active month for me. In addition to having company almost the entire month and working extra days at Avian Haven to cover for summer volunteers leaving early, I rescued and/or transported over 30 birds (and a turtle) during the month of August. This included 6 Herring Gulls and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, which gave me and my dear assistant hubster the title of ‘the gull whisperers’. Also, a loon, a shearwater and 3 guillemots, crows, finches, pigeons, mourning doves, sparrows, an osprey, cormorant, a young Barred Owl and 3 Cedar Waxwings.

And then, among the many releases …. two eagle releases! The first one I helped send off from Avian Haven. The second one I was able to attend – yay! That was ‘Newcastle’ who had been rescued a few months ago after a close encounter with a powerline. Fortunately he was not electrocuted by it, but he suffered a broken ulna which mended nicely.

It was just about the best release I have ever seen – he came out of the carrier gracefully, flew off easily, caught an updraft and hovered a moment, then took off downwind with the kind of strength and confidence that makes my heart soar, leaving those two harassing crows far behind.

Here is a video hubster made of the release (yes, that’s his chuckling) ….


http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/?action=view&current=100_0897.mp4 (http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/?action=view&current=100_0897.mp4)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on September 08, 2012, 08:19:34 AM
Newcastle did put on quite the performance, nice. The Crows were probably wondering where the heck did that eagle come from, out of nowhere. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on September 08, 2012, 12:45:07 PM
And.... Where did he go..... Where did he go...
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 09, 2012, 08:20:27 AM


Aww Gze...What a wonderful video...and beautiful release!!  So nice to see Newcastle flying free, and circling in thanks for all of your wonderful work!  I loved Loved LOVED listening to Mr. and his "heart" reaction to this event!!

AHO!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 14, 2012, 05:15:47 AM
 :nod2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 15, 2012, 05:46:04 PM
Today I represented Avian Haven at an animal fair sponsored by the local Humane Society. I set up a table with mailing list and volunteer sign-ups, brochures, baby bird info, donation box and my computer running slide shows of some of our birds. I was in an area with mostly craft vendors selling animal-theme crafts - jewelry, potholders, ornaments, paintings, etc.

All week I've been thinking of questions I might be asked and making sure I knew how to answer them. First question was from a young boy: "How much for the laptop?" I knew it was going to be a fun day! And it was. I talked to this young boy for awhile and lots of other folks, heard some interesting stories, bit my tongue a few times ... "I rehabbed a bird once - found it at the fairgrounds, took it home and raised it myself." Uh-huh, yeah, that's not really a very good idea.

I did not collect much in donations but added a few names to our mailing list and drafted TWO awesome volunteers. Yay! They have no idea what they have gotten themselves into ...  :nope :nod2

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boodle317 on September 15, 2012, 06:11:17 PM
WTG GZE!   
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on September 15, 2012, 06:34:22 PM
Bet your tongue is sore, be careful eating for a day or two.   :duck

 And be gentle with your newbie volunteers.  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on September 16, 2012, 06:09:51 PM
Watching Newcastle I can only think of how wonderful it must fell fro him to fly free again.... :heart
Good work and Godspeed to all you rehabbers.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 16, 2012, 08:51:01 PM
You can feel it in your heart when they go, when they fly like unbelievable freedom. The sky is theirs, after all - their home, their life, their joy. When their hearts lift off, so does your own.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 19, 2012, 04:04:36 PM
Barred Owl Youngsters Release!

I had hoped to have photos of this wonderful event, but they tell me "you can't release birds and take pictures at the same time".

I was working late as usual and just getting ready to leave when one of the directors said, "We have some evening entertainment tonight," and handed me a pair of raptor gloves. I was puzzled for a moment, then discovered we were about to release the Barred Owl youngsters that have been with us since they were nestlings early this summer! What a great surprise!

I think we had ten youngsters that came in over the course of a few weeks in late May / early June. We were able to re-nest all but these three, either because of injury or we were unable to locate the nest. They were raised by our excellent surrogate parents Emma and Oscar. This is the only photo I have - and it's of the one I let go:

                  (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/SO%20owlet%20off%20to%20the%20woods_zps86faeb86.jpg)
                                                                                                  photo by Terry Heitz

To the woods then!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on September 19, 2012, 05:05:47 PM
What a wonderful surprise for you and them gzebear.  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on September 21, 2012, 06:08:01 PM
GREAT PICTURE GZE!!!!!!! especially under the wonderful circumstances! :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 23, 2012, 08:20:02 AM
Since our summer volunteers left before all the youngsters had fledged, I have been working extra days to help out. Busily trying to keep up with everything, I barely noticed all the releases that happened over the past couple weeks. Yesterday when I arrived, it seemed suddenly very quiet. The owls gone, the ospreys gone, many more songbirds released ... in the infirmary, only a handful of youngsters yet to be moved outdoors to a flight cage - the dear sweet Cedar Waxwings and two young pigeons. I counted the birds .... about 60, compared to about 200 just a few weeks ago.

A recent release that I did myself was Miss Mully:

                             (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0935_zpsae4bec1a.jpg)
                             Good Gully Miss Mully

Isn't she pretty? An immature Herring Gull, Miss Mully came in staggering, unable to walk, fly or even put her head down to feed herself. It took some investigating to find out what her problem was. In addition to a minor hip injury, she had gotten into some waxy gunk that disabled her water-proofing on one side. So when she got wet, that side got soaked creating the imbalance that made her stagger. When she was dry, she seemed almost okay, but when we put her in water she got all woogy. The first Dawn bath didn't help much so we tried a more concentrated bath and her condition improved considerably. With lots of water time, drying/preening time, and some hand-feeding, she eventually righted herself and was able to fly and feed herself again. I took her back to the cove where she was found.

                           (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_0911_zpsa01020ac.jpg)
                         Miss Mully remembers salt water

After releasing her, I sat around and watched her splash and dip and preen and splash and dip some more, letting her beloved ocean remove all memory of captivity. Then she flew off, circled all around the cove and landed further out. I watched her play for awhile, then she flew back to where I was one more time, maybe to say good-bye. Then she left, and so did I.




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on September 23, 2012, 08:57:03 AM
Nice Gze, thanks for all you people are doing there.  No doubt Miss Mully was saying TY & see ya later. :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 02, 2012, 08:20:16 PM
The Story of another "Semi" ...

Semi is a five-year-old (banded) Bald Eagle that came to Avian Haven about two weeks ago. He had had a run-in with a tractor-trailer. The volunteers who rescued him found him dangling by his neck from the outside mirror of the truck, looking more dead than alive, but in fact very much alive, just exhausted from his ordeal. He was brought to Avian Haven bruised and sore, with a few small clots around his eyes, but miraculously no broken bones. He spent several days recovering in the infirmary, then was moved to an outdoor flight cage. Within a very short time he was doing laps around the flyway and eating voraciously. Time to go!

So today was release day for Semi. Charlie Todd, Wildlife Biologist with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, is our Maine eagle man, involved with all of the Bald Eagles we care for. Charlie said he had found a perfect spot for Semi’s release, he just needed to contact the property owners. Coincidentally, the property owners just happened to be the couple who had rescued Semi! How perfect is that? So that’s where Semi went for his release today.

I helped pack him up but did not attend the release. Following is a news article about it, with a video of the release. But first … we don’t really know if Semi is a large male or a small female. If in doubt, I generally refer to birds in the feminine, but sometimes a bird just seems male or female. Semi seemed like a large male to me so I have been referring to ‘him’ as ‘him’ … but who knows. The article goes back and forth – so does the video.

Secondly, Brad Allen’s comment: “The first thing on a bird we look for are broken wings. If they have a broken wing, we can’t do the surgery to turn it loose ever again.” Yes, that is not true! Of course we can repair broken wings. We do it all the time ... not always, but often. Brad Allen also works for Inland Fisheries (not Avian Haven).

Enjoy:

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/02/news/mid-maine/incredible-bald-eagle-survives-tractor-trailer-hit-soars-free-again/ (http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/02/news/mid-maine/incredible-bald-eagle-survives-tractor-trailer-hit-soars-free-again/)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on October 02, 2012, 11:21:20 PM
Good he recovered & is flying free again.  He probably won't read the article.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 03, 2012, 05:21:18 AM
Some of you may remember our rescue of the beautiful Great Cormorant. Today is her release day! We are taking her by ferry to an island, then by boat to a smaller island. Wish her well! If I get good photos, I'll post them later.

I see that Semi left behind a tail feather trying to get gone from that carrier. Not a perfect release, but once he got out he flew well and strong and seemed to know right where he was going.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 04, 2012, 02:58:14 PM
Great Cormorant Release

Yesterday was a magical day. It was way more than I expected. I thought we would ride out on the ferry with the cormorant in a carrier, meet a guy there who would take us to where there were some other Great Cormorants, then we would come back and take the next ferry back to the mainland.

It was a gorgeous day, not raining but gray all around - the sky, the sea, even the islands and mountains were hues of gray - with the sea nearly flat calm.

We left from the Rockland Ferry Terminal on the new ferry, the Captain E. Frank Thompson ...
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Leaving the mainland - Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse ...
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So the sign says ...
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But married to a captain, you get a view from the bridge ....
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It was an hour and twenty minutes to the island of Vinalhaven ...
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Here's where the surprise of the day came in. We met our friend John with the lobsterboat - he took us another half hour out to some outermost islands far from human habitation, where the greatest number of Great Cormorants are! What a wonderful surprise!

Leaving Vinalhaven on Fluke ...
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Half hour later, this looks like a good spot (no humans for miles) ...
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I set the carrier on the gunwale of the boat and opened the door. She stood at the edge for two seconds, then jumped into the water. Other cormorants swam out to her and she seemed quite happy.  

That's her in the foreground ....
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We stayed for awhile, just drifting in the calm sea, watching her swim around, then climb up onto the rock. She was greeted by other cormorants and we were confident she was 'home'.

Beautiful day to be out on the water ....
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Oops, there's the ferry leaving without us ....
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Of course, there was another ferry in a few hours so no problem - we had a picnic and wandered around town ...
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They say on Vinalhaven, "One thing you don't want to miss is the 4:30 boat." Well, I would not have minded, but hubster said we had to leave so -

Homeward bound ....
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Schooner ghosting along ...
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Lobster buoy in the wake of the ferry ....
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And back to the land of the free, home of the brave - Owls Head Light ....
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In my experience, a perfect release is a bird coming easily out of the carrier, finding their way directly back to the wild strongly and confidently. This was a perfect release.






Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on October 04, 2012, 04:12:50 PM
Wow Gze lucky, lucky you & bird. Very beautiful.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boodle317 on October 04, 2012, 04:36:34 PM
great pics and narration gze!   Thanks!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 04, 2012, 08:37:52 PM
Wow...miigwetch Gze...wonderful teaching..complete with pictures!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on October 04, 2012, 11:24:52 PM
Incredible! Thank you Gze. Thank you for sharing and taking us with you! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on October 05, 2012, 08:11:56 AM
Gzebear, What a journey! and thankfully to a good end.. thank you for sharing with us  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on October 05, 2012, 07:56:17 PM
 :heart GZE :heart
Thank you for sharing
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on October 06, 2012, 10:12:22 AM
thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story GZE - well done!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 06, 2012, 03:03:28 PM
As a footnote to the Cormorant release story, I would like to add that John, who took us out to the roosting grounds, was very knowledgeable about sea birds and marine life. He told us that this summer both the Double-Crested and Great Cormorant colonies had been marauded by Bald Eagles. Here is one of his photos:

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                                                                         photo: John Drury

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 14, 2012, 10:12:06 AM
Gze,   that is just wonderful about the release.   The time and effort to get the cormorant to the perfect home is fabulous.   It is really neat to also see your beautiful part of the country,  Thanks :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 15, 2012, 03:49:07 PM
I decided to take a little time to myself this past week for rest and renewal, so I drove out to our camp to spend a few days. By this time of year, all the summer folks are gone home and the lake is very quiet. Also, it’s closer to Avian Haven than our home in town so getting to work is easier.

Who would have guessed there was a Canada Goose on the pond in need of rescue? But of course! It was scurrying down the camp road Saturday afternoon with a droopy wing, then ran off into the woods in the direction of the pond. So when hubster came out Sunday morning, we (after his world-famous pancake breakfast) set out to look for the goose with the injured wing. We drove along the road and checked out a few coves. And then we found her, swimming alone along a quiet shore.

We went back and got the canoe but by the time we returned she was nowhere to be seen. We paddled around the lake awhile - it was a beautiful calm day - then I spotted her ashore in the yard of a closed-up camp. We paddled quietly to the shore and I hopped out with my net, hubster right behind. It was a brief (wild goose) ‘chase’ – she lit out into the woods but I was running along beside her and eventually closed in on her. She didn’t put up much of a fight. I spoke quietly to her, and I think she knew she needed help. I was able to bundle her in a towel and lay her in the bow of the boat and paddle back to where we had launched. My car was there with a carrier so after gathering some dandelion greens for a snack (for the goose), we were soon on our way to rehab.

This morning, another call. This one was a young Wild Turkey that a man found under his truck. He tried to lure it out but they just went back and forth from one side to another. When we got there, she was an easy capture with two people. She was emaciated, but I found nothing broken. We x-rayed her – there was indeed nothing broken, then I had to leave so I will find out tomorrow what her story is, how she came to be so thin and weak.


Good news! Our tubs were delivered for the ‘Pool Hall’ today! We may not have all the money we need to finish this project, but we have definitely gotten started on it! Here is a photo I took today of our new facility for aquatic birds under construction and our gorgeous new tubs. There are four tubs – the largest one is 6’ X 12’ and weighs 425 lbs. There will also be another small utility tub for bathing.

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This is not how they will be arranged. We just got them unloaded and into the building – they’ll get positioned later. Terry Heitz, who has designed and built most of our buildings, is doing the construction here also. He is, as always, doing a beautiful job.

Yes, that says Made in Canada!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 15, 2012, 05:35:34 PM
WOW, What a story! Thanks so much for being there, and for sharing the story  here.

What a lovely area.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on October 15, 2012, 08:51:26 PM
Yay! Gze, they are blessed birds indeed! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on October 16, 2012, 06:46:37 AM
Awesome Gzebear, I hope you get the funding neccesary :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on October 18, 2012, 06:50:17 AM
Great stories Gze. Look forward to hearing more about the pools (and funding for them).
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 23, 2012, 06:22:38 PM
What an incredible weekend! I just transported five birds from Maine to New Jersey, about 400 miles. Most of them were youngsters in rehab who had missed migration – we didn’t want to release them all on their own so they went to New Jersey to catch up with the migration of their kind.

I left home early Sunday morning, arriving at Avian Haven around 7 a.m. The birds were all settled in their carriers (all of them just a wee bit angry). Then for eight hours I was in the blessed company of an Osprey, a Broad-Winged Hawk, a Saw-Whet Owl and 2 Chipping Sparrows. The osprey and hawk rode in large carriers in the back seat (not in sight of each other), the sparrows were on the floor of the passenger side, and the owl rode shotgun. They were all very quiet for the most part – until I stopped. Then the two in the back seat did some calisthenics. As soon as I was back on the road, everyone settled down – so I only stopped twice. Every so often the saw-whet would peek up at me as if to say, are we there yet??

I delivered the birds to The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ. (http://theraptortrust.org/ (http://theraptortrust.org/))

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The sweet little non-releasable owl will become part of the Trust’s education program, the others will all be released nearby. Actually, Monday morning, the sparrows were already back in the wild world. The osprey will go to the coast one day this week, the hawk will be held for a short time till another broad-wing they have is ready, then both will be released together.

Nan’s house was right on the way, so I slipped by to pick her up – the owl riding on her lap for the last 30 miles of the journey. I was met with a slightly awkward situation when I arrived. A couple volunteers greeted me, whisked away the carriers and wouldn’t allow me to participate in the intake. They told me that the clinic director who was supposed to meet me was ‘busy’, then they quickly returned with the empty carriers, my jaw still hanging. These were my birds, and I had just spent 8 hours on the road with them – I needed at least to see how they had fared the long ride. Honestly, I was so taken aback (not to mention road-weary) I didn’t quite know how to respond to their ‘policy’. But in the end, it was just a misunderstanding, no harm done, and the director came to find us and assured me that the birds were all fine (although the osprey did not eat his lunch).

This was my first visit to another established rehab center, and it was interesting to see how things are done differently than how we function at Avian Haven. I would dearly love to visit other centers as I find it interesting how we basically do the same work but with variations in technique and facilities.

Me and cameras …  :nope … but I did take this one of the dear chippies in their temporary digs:

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And then, the other best part of the trip: hanging out with Nan! We visited Wildlife Freedom where I cleaned and refilled the horses' trough and got food and water for the peacocks while Nan tended to raccoons, foxes and ducks. That was great fun. Did you see the video of the ducks?? We also went on a wonderful woodsy walk yesterday where we saw (and I have never seen this before) a FLOCK of Flickers!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: nan2945 on October 23, 2012, 07:38:22 PM
loved having gze here ---great company!!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on October 23, 2012, 08:09:23 PM
How wonderful for the birds that you took such good care of them gze - and what a happy ending when they are released!  I'm sure you and Nan had a great time!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on October 24, 2012, 05:11:58 AM
We have so many hero friends here. Way to be wonderful Gze and Nan! :hearts2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 24, 2012, 06:18:07 AM
What a story - thank you for sharing this adventure with us, Gze and Nan, (and with each other! How great!).

Love those sweet Saw-Whets. I can just picture that!

Where do the sparrows go from there? We noticed that ours had left a little while ago.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 24, 2012, 07:35:32 AM
Faerie, there were other chipping sparrows in New Jersey still, on their way south. It looks like ours probably winter mostly in Florida and the Caribbean, but they also go to Mexico:

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from Cornell: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chipping_Sparrow/id (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chipping_Sparrow/id)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on October 24, 2012, 12:29:27 PM
Nan is going to be the east coast Hornby social director  :eclove










Luckily I noticed my typo and modified it...I left the 'B' out of Hornby...for real :mconfused
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 24, 2012, 07:20:17 PM
Thank you, Gze! I have been following the Whooping Crane migration and this seems similar, but a much smaller bird!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 02, 2012, 03:11:56 PM
We received a call recently from a man who had allegedly rescued a young osprey. He managed to capture it and secure it in a box. We were worried because it’s late in the year for ospreys, especially a youngster. In fact, I had just returned from a trip to New Jersey to enable another young osprey to catch up with their migration.

We had recently received a Red-tailed Hawk that someone thought was an osprey, so we asked, “Are you sure it’s an osprey?” Yes, quite sure it’s an osprey. We sent a driver to pick it up.

Well, it was not exactly an osprey. This bird was young so maybe not clearly recognizable as its species. And sure enough it was begging its little juvie begging call, which could be stretched a bit to sound like a very small osprey. And it did have some mottled coloring on the underside of its wings. But those feet? I don’t think they could do much damage. That beak? an osprey, really?


          
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Nope, it was a young pigeon. Obviously, we were relieved that it was not an osprey. Plus it had been a really hectic day, and we all needed a little levity.

Little pigeon is doing fine – still begging.

So is the hawk – now in an outdoor flight cage.  

No more ospreys!




To hear the begging call of a young pigeon: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rock_Pigeon/sounds (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rock_Pigeon/sounds)

Ospreys: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/osprey/sounds (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/osprey/sounds)



photo: Toronto Wildlife Centre
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 09, 2012, 07:19:55 AM
We've had a busy week, preparing for the recent hurricane and no'theaster, followed by another no'theaster Wednesday night. We put up winter storm panels on outdoor cages and made sure everyone was secure for the wintry blast in the night. Happy to report no damages to our flight cages, no significant power outages.

I've had some interesting rescues lately. And I'm one to talk about mistaken identities! On Monday, I received a call about a saw-whet owl that had struck a window. A good friend was having lunch with us when I got the call, so she and hubster went with me to see about the little owl. It was in the next town, about 12 miles away. When we arrived, it was sitting quietly in some thick bushes. It was not difficult to capture and a brief onsite exam revealed no apparent injuries. So I assumed this little guy probably had at least a good headache and needed some rest in a safe place. When I put him in the carrier, I noticed he was kind of largish for a saw-whet and had a different expression on his face. But I so had saw-whet on my mind - and in truth it was the only mini-owl I was familiar with - that I didn't give it further thought. But the rehabbers recognized it immediately as a Boreal Owl. Slightly larger than a Saw-Whet and different coloring, but still a very small - and gorgeous - creature.

He was indeed uninjured - the big question was really What are you doing here?? since this is not their normal habitat. There was some speculation that far northern species might be heading southward for food, or maybe the hurricane had something to do with it ... any thoughts?

I received another call on Tuesday about an adult cardinal, also a window strike. I was just walking out the door on my way to one of my other jobs when I got the call, so I had to scramble to accommodate this bird. The folks had carefully placed it in a box and were going to bring it to my house. When I got to work, thinking about what to do next, I decided to call the people again and see how they had the bird set up. Well, somehow in that short time, the cardinal had gotten out of the box and flew away! Problem solved (I hope).

Last night I received an injured Herring Gull juvie. It was late so I cleaned and wrapped his wing, then he spent the night at my house and was transported early this morning to Avian Haven. His injury was fresh so hopefully he will be okay.

It looks like I may have talked Avian Haven into setting up a Facebook page. I'm very excited about it because it will have actual PHOTOGRAPHS! Yay!!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 13, 2012, 07:01:29 PM

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Recently one of our young eagles was transferred to a permanent home as an education bird. She was found with an injured wing on a small island in mid-August - it looked like she had been there for some time. My husband assisted in her rescue, arranging for transport on the ferry and getting her to Avian Haven. I held her while we waited for x-rays to develop, and she shared her bugs with me. I called her Babs after the island where she was found, and the name stuck - at least for the duration of her stay at Avian Haven. She has a special place in my heart, and I do miss seeing her. But I'm very happy about her placement. Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings has a wonderful way with birds and runs an excellent education program: www.windoverwings.org (http://www.windoverwings.org) I look forward to seeing my girl doing her thing one of these days.

I mentioned Babs in the chatroom earlier, then decided to check Hope's website and there she is! Hope has changed her name to Lady Grace (how grown up!). Her story is here: http://www.windoverwings.org/bald-eagle-temporary/ (http://www.windoverwings.org/bald-eagle-temporary/)

 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 18, 2012, 09:22:52 AM
Owls!

Many owls in rehab right now, many with collision-induced head injuries that mostly require quiet supportive care. At one point I think we had 8 Barred Owls (not counting our permanents, Oscar and Emma), 5 Saw-whets, 2 GHOs, a Short-eared and the Boreal I rescued a couple weeks ago. Last night we released 4 saw-whets and the boreal back to the woods. I drove all five of them from Avian Haven to the release sites - a co-worker took the saw-whets, and hubster and I took the Boreal. He and I then drove to a trail up the back side of a mountain in the local State Park. It was getting dark fast! But we let her go and she flew off (hush, not a sound) into the woods, then circled back - we could barely see her - near to where we were standing. I snapped this photo - oh well, you know, me and cameras, but here she is, if you peer into the trees, back in the sweet dark woods ...

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Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on November 18, 2012, 10:06:45 AM
Bless you Gze! And Hubster too! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on November 18, 2012, 10:24:38 AM
Agree with Rajame.  :heart. What a treat tho to be able to release such an amazing creature back to their habitat. Interesting that it would circle back towards you.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 18, 2012, 02:15:21 PM
Oh, My, Gze, I am so glad you could follow the owl in such low light and then to be able to catch a picture, too! Thank you, Thank you  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 21, 2012, 08:19:22 AM
I fold laundry, wash food dishes, rake up sandy fish scraps in the Eagle House, find those bits of long-rotting food stashed by the ravens, check the red-tails to see who ate, toss peanuts for the crow Dax to catch, scoop owl poop (and pellets), thaw fish, sweep the floor …

Shelley asks, “Could you hold this eagle’s wing for me?” and I say, “That is what I live for!”

Later, she asks if I could grab one of the barred owls so she can check its eyes. I say, “That is what I live for!” We laugh, but it’s true. All the feeding and cleaning in the daily rhythm of rehab, and then the thing I love most is just to hold the birds while they are being treated, to offer my calmness to the eagle as I outstretch his wing, to share serenity with the owl as she leans her head against my chest, to feel connected to the red-tail as I hold her under anesthesia and watch her breathe, even as I breathe.

I hand-fed one of the eagles yesterday. She’d been hit by a car and is doing well but not eating on her own yet so she gets hand-fed. She was guhnk-guhnk-guhnking at me in between bites. So we had a little conversation over dinner ... :heart :nod2 :heart

A call came in about another eagle yesterday afternoon. A man had found it in the road, wrapped it in a blanket and had it in the back seat of his car! “Is it still alive?” Yes, it is. “Are you sure it’s an eagle?” (doesn’t hurt to ask) Yes, absolutely certain it’s an eagle. Okay. So we scramble to get a driver there with a container before the eagle realizes where he is. And, all in fun, we take bets on whether it is actually a Black-backed Gull, a Red-tailed Hawk or a Canada Goose.

Hawk person won. A beautiful adult Red-tailed Hawk. Apparently car-struck but miraculously no apparent injuries. We have three juveniles in rehab, but this is the first adult I have seen this close ... ohhh beauty, those tail feathers! He was settled in for the night – I’ll find out more later today.

I love my work.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on November 21, 2012, 08:45:46 AM
Doing the chores is well worth it for the other opportunities.   Fantastic getting to hand feed the eagle and have a conversation . :wub

But even knowing you are helping out and having a chance to be near the wildlife is worth the chores too.  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on November 21, 2012, 01:05:31 PM
All the feeding and cleaning in the daily rhythm of rehab, and then the thing I love most is just to hold the birds while they are being treated, to offer my calmness to the eagle as I outstretch his wing, to share serenity with the owl as she leans her head against my chest, to feel connected to the red-tail as I hold her under anesthesia and watch her breathe, even as I breathe.

 :heart This is so beautiful...I can feel you sighing in contentment and I am sighing with you!  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on November 21, 2012, 01:40:58 PM
wonderful, wonderful gze!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 21, 2012, 05:28:28 PM


gze....I honor you!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 29, 2012, 05:28:09 PM
It was late August when our Bald Eagle 'Newcastle' was released. I posted his story sometime in early September. Here's a video of his release:

 http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/?action=view&current=100_0897.mp4 (http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/?action=view&current=100_0897.mp4)

Sorry, I don't know how to post videos directly but it's there and short if you want to see it.  It was a wonderful experience releasing him - he was strong, confident and beautiful.

Today, I rescued him again. We got the call early afternoon about a banded eagle on the side of the road about 30 miles away from where I live. Although I have transported several eagles and captured many other birds, this was actually my first eagle capture. And he looked familiar. Once I had secured him in the carrier, I called Avian Haven to report the band number and sure enough, it was Newcastle. No obvious injuries, but he didn't look well. He had that .... lead look.

This is where my heart breaks again. I drove him all the way to Avian Haven, about 60 miles. His lead level was high and particles of lead showed up on the x-ray so we lavaged him immediately to remove the lead particles still in his system. I held him during the process and picked out the bits of lead that were flushed from his digestive tract. Afterwards I laid him on a soft bed to rest as he recovered from anesthesia. I hope he makes it. Lead makes me so very sad. It is so unnecessary and it does so much damage. I am just deeply sad for this beautiful bird who has already been through an ordeal with a broken wing from a power line. I really hope he makes it. He is beautiful.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: nan2945 on November 29, 2012, 05:54:09 PM
heartbreaking - I so hope he makes it ---wonderful that you were able to secure him and get him to the center.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on November 29, 2012, 08:44:59 PM
Heartbreaking and sooo unnecessary  :eccry
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on November 29, 2012, 09:19:08 PM
Newcastle is an example of all that is wrong - and RIGHT - with this world! Please let us know how he fares, gze, and thank you for rescuing him again.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on November 30, 2012, 07:24:20 PM
Thank you for sharing this story with us gze - how heartbreaking - I too hope he makes it and thank you for all you are doing!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 01, 2012, 03:04:00 AM
I was looking forward to seeing him this morning, but he died last night.

Rest In Peace, beloved 'Newcastle' - I'm sorry for this crazy world.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on December 01, 2012, 06:58:58 AM
 :heart Gzebear I am so sorry for the loss. I want to thank you and all rehabbers that go through this sorrow so often. The light shines on you all
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on December 01, 2012, 07:35:44 AM
oh Gze I am so sorry - can you tell us what his lead levels were?  I don't understand how in three months he could have consumed that much lead!  What a tragedy.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on December 01, 2012, 10:15:24 AM
I am so sorry for the loss, gze.   :ecsad

We should get behind the "Get the Lead Out" movement. http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1052.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1052.0)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 01, 2012, 05:08:00 PM
Maggiesmom, it only takes a very small amount of lead to kill an eagle. A tiny amount! He could have gotten a lethal dose from feasting on one deer carcass. It takes awhile for the poison to be fully effective but really, a very tiny amount. It's the magic of lead, why it works so well - it scatters. There's the bullet - and then there are all the tiny little fragments. Look here to see x-rays of deer carcasses, full of lead - some of these carcasses have enough lead in them to kill three eagles:

                             http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/lead3.pdf (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/lead3.pdf)


Newcastle's lead levels were off the chart of what we are able to test at Avian Haven. To get an accurate reading, we will have to send it out. But the amount we flushed from his body - tiny fragments - was altogether about the size of a sesame seed and enough in itself to kill him. Who knows how much more had already passed through his system and been pooped out or cast. This is the thing - a very small amount will poison an eagle to the point where they are down, can't fly, can't hunt. If they get rescued, maybe we can save them by removing the fragments still in their system, doing chelation therapy, etc. But how many just die in the wild? And then something else eats them and also gets poisoned.

This is a particular heartbreak for me, I know. I was there when he came in with a broken wing. I fed him, cleaned his cage, helped with treatments, watched him start flying again, get moved to the big flyway, gain back his strength and power. I was there when he was released - so strong and confident. I waved good-bye, good-bye Newcastle, have a good life! Three months later I gathered him up in a towel from the side of the road. I drove him to rehab, stayed to help with the treatment. I loved this particular bird.

But we have had so many others with less of a personal connection for me, nonetheless painfully tragic to see. Right now we have two other lead-poisoned eagles in rehab. Neither one is a sure bet for release. I am heartsick right now and feel so hopelessly incompetent to do anything whatsoever to stop the use of lead ammo. I understand we may see the end of it "in our lifetime". That could be a long time! How many more will have to suffer? How many have to die?

I went to work this morning and saw his beautiful body lying still and lifeless. Senseless tragedy. Utterly senseless. It's been a long day.


 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on December 01, 2012, 07:41:35 PM
GZE,
I am writing this with tears flowing for Newcastle and you.  I'm sure he got comfort from you being the one to re-rescue him...my heart aches for your heartbreak and the incredible waste that is the legacy of lead.  You are an inspiration and I'm sure your love flows into the birds you touch, it won't always heal them but it does make a difference in their lives.
 :heart 



P.S. I wonder how the humans that consume game shot with lead are affected...and if they are, if that would speed up the banishment of it... 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on December 01, 2012, 10:02:30 PM


((((((((gze)))))))
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on December 02, 2012, 10:39:49 AM
I posted this on my facebook with a plea to Please not use lead bullets(shot) and sinkers. We have a topic here that has lots of info on where to buy other types and recycling too.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1052.msg122898#msg122898 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1052.msg122898#msg122898)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 02, 2012, 11:47:20 AM
Such a sad story! Luckily, we don't get that many lead poisoning cases at MARS, but the ones I've seen were terrible. I'll help spread the word, too...Pat
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on December 02, 2012, 08:34:28 PM
oh, such a sad, sad story, and so many more are happening all the time. Thank you, Gze, for being there for him both times.

I have tried to spread the word among my hunting acquaintances. I remind them that the lead gets into the drinking supply, too, and into the food supply. It does not take much to poison a child. They have assured me that the alternative ammunition is not more expensive...
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 08, 2012, 06:03:56 PM
Thank you all for your kind words - losing Newcastle was a hard one. I know, they say 'don't get attached', but I think we start out 'attached' and learn to be 'detached'. I personally would rather feel the part of me that is Newcastle fly into the sun than not feel that connection.


Here is a new end-of-year slide show by Diane Winn of Avian Haven - some of our beautiful birds from this past year:

            http://avianhaven.org/avianhavenslides2012.pdf (http://avianhaven.org/avianhavenslides2012.pdf)


We are almost up to 1500 birds for 2012, 200 more than last year.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on December 09, 2012, 04:39:18 AM
a lovely Christmas card from Avian Haven!  thanks for sharing Gze
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on December 09, 2012, 08:01:59 AM
I always love when Avian Haven's Newsletter arrives in my email.  The info and photos are top notch.  But mostly I love your updates and reports gzebear. ♥  Some are heart breaking and I feel so sad for the bird AND for you. Reality checks are important tho.  They remind us that there are not always "happy endings."  I know there are far less than than I even want to think about.  But it does help me to remember the wonderful work that is done there and that they can always use our help.

I understand why you said "I personally would rather feel the part of me that is Newcastle fly into the sun than not feel that connection." Thank you for all that you do and for sharing with us.
   

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on December 13, 2012, 08:30:29 AM
Gze, thanks for sharing the story of your beloved eagle. I think "don't get attached" is probably impossible -- but it is possible to channel strong feelings into constructive action, as you do so very well.

Beautiful photos in the slide show.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 15, 2012, 06:35:07 PM

“I-95”
We have had two eagles admitted this Fall who were struck by vehicles at the same place on the interstate highway. Both suffered very similar back injuries. The second one didn’t make it, but the first one (I call her “I-95”) is doing quite well. A few weeks ago we moved her from the infirmary to a room in the Eagle House, close to but separate from the other eagles, where she could continue to heal. Recent exam showed that her fracture had healed so Tuesday morning we moved her to a larger flight cage. She had been managing low perches so I set up a couple low perches there for her to use, one of which was a large log. I checked on her a few hours later and she was perched on the log soaking up some sunshine – that’s good.

Later, when I went out to feed the owls, I checked on her again and she was no longer on the log. She wasn’t on the other low perch either so I thought maybe she had found a spot to hunker down for the night. It was getting dark and I couldn’t see very well but I looked all around for her, and then I spotted her – or rather her silhouette against the window – on one of the high perches! I was so happy for her – and I could only imagine her joy at being off the ground again after all this time.


Pine Grosbeaks
We have admitted so many Pine Grosbeaks in the past few weeks. Last year we had none; this year, nearly 20 so far and all have been females or juveniles, no adult males. These birds do not nest in our area but have come here from the deep woods further north. Apparently they are unfamiliar with this thing we have called windows, because almost all of them have been window strikes. I believe 2 of them died, 4 have been released, 5 are in an outdoor flight cage and 5 in the infirmary, including the two we took in today. These birds are so beautiful – they have a serenity about them that reminds me of Cedar Waxwings. And they gobble up fruit in a similar fashion!

This is a photo from Cornell:


                           (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/MPR_081202_100049_L.jpg)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 01, 2013, 07:25:32 AM

Happy New Year 2013 everyone. Our last bird of 2012 was another beautiful Pine Grosbeak, #1544. Today we start a new count. We all thought another grosbeak would be the first bird of the new year, but so far no new admissions.

Good News! Avian Haven has just joined Facebook. I've been prodding and they caved  :nod2 ... gave the task to my co-worker, our ace rehabber Shelley, who did a fine job setting up the page.

            http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)

Shelley started the timeline with the founding of Avian Haven in 1999 and posted timeline photos for every year since. You can enjoy our page even if you haven't joined Facebook. But if you have, please 'Like' us!



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: jeavverhey on January 02, 2013, 07:02:45 AM
That FB page is wonderful Gze :v - and so are the photographs! :nod2  I cant 'like' it as I quit FB but I sure do like it anyhow :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 05, 2013, 03:58:18 AM
Whooooo are youuuu?

Some of our recent owls, photographed at Avian Haven by Glori Berry ....


                          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/owleyes-1.jpg)


Such beautiful amazing see-right-through-it eyes they all have. I think some of them look a little shocked to be having their picture taken in broad daylight!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on January 05, 2013, 05:34:20 AM
owl eyes! wonderful!  now are you going to give us a crib sheet or do I have to get out my Sibley's to figure them out?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 05, 2013, 06:05:57 AM


Miigwetch Gze!!  LOL  I am with you Maggies!!  I need that crib sheet also!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 05, 2013, 03:37:03 PM

Okay, here's a hint: none of them are Snowy Owls.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on January 05, 2013, 07:44:11 PM
 :puzzled2 really?  I could have sworn!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 06, 2013, 10:26:04 AM

The top two are small owls - Boreal Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl. Then the lovely Barred Owl, Short-eared Owl and Great Horned Owl.

We receive many Barred Owls - 10 right now, most of whom are in outdoor flight cages, ready or near ready for release. We also have had quite a few Saw-whets this past year, though none right now. The Boreal Owl was the only one of its kind that I have seen - and it was one that hubster and I rescued in early November and then released a few weeks ago. The Short-eared was also the only one of its kind that we have had this year. We get GHOs occasionally - currently none in rehab.


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 06, 2013, 07:59:13 PM
Thanks for the answers! (They are all so gorgeous)   :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 07, 2013, 05:54:40 AM


Miigwetch Gze!!  The Barred was the only one that I knew!  Love the picture!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 07, 2013, 11:24:20 AM

Emma

I just received a call from Avian Haven that one of our permanent Barred Owls, our wonderful surrogate mother Emma, died this morning. She was not young - not sure how old she was when she came to us, but we've had her for 13 years - still, no one expected her to die anytime soon. We recently brought her in for a physical and she was in good health, good weight. She and her partner Oscar reared another four healthy Barred Owl orphans this summer. We re-nested many barred owls this year but these four were not re-nestable for various reasons. We could just put the babies in a nesting box in their cage, and Emma and Oscar would take it from there - feed them, teach them how to be owls and fledge them.

I will miss seeing Emma tomorrow. I always stand at the door, look up and say quietly, hey Emma. Then she poops and I open the door. I'll miss that.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 07, 2013, 12:21:56 PM
 :ecsad    RIP Emma    :heart

    (((gzebear)))
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 07, 2013, 01:23:34 PM
I am sorry to hear this news, gze.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 07, 2013, 05:11:17 PM

Newcastle

Diane has prepared a slide show of what happened to Newcastle, the eagle we rescued, rehabbed, released, then rescued again. It isn't easy to watch - it certainly doesn't have a 'happy ending'. But I think it's important both to honor this beautiful bird and to spread awareness of the horrific reality of lead poisoning.

Newcastle's story: http://www.avianhaven.org/lead_poisoned_bald_eagle.pdf (http://www.avianhaven.org/lead_poisoned_bald_eagle.pdf)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on January 08, 2013, 09:09:58 AM
((((Gzebear))))

The work you do brings grace to wildlife.

Thank you.:hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 09, 2013, 10:57:51 PM
Barred Owls

At last count I think we had 11 Barred Owls in rehab, mostly juveniles. I was working in one of their flight cages one day. I don't usually look at the birds - I don't want them to know I know they're there. I just go about my work. But I felt their eyes and I looked up. Oh my! What a wonderful sight - six pairs of owlie eyes watching me! I just had to get a picture of this.


                           (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/IMG_1102_2.jpg)



This evening, hubster and I released two of them - both juveniles - back to the wild woods (at Owls Head, Maine, where one of them was found). I think they are both on the right in this photo - see if you can tell ....


Owl One ....

                              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/IMG_1116.jpg)



Owl Two ....

                            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/IMG_1118.jpg)


Barred Owl One and Barred Owl Two -
Off to the woods - toodle-hoooo!


Nine more to go ....



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 10, 2013, 07:12:41 AM
I love picture of all the owl eyes!  ("We Seeeeee Yoooooou!")

Thank you for the night release shot, too. Just incredible. I hope they enjoy their new space. Are they social birds?  Or Loners?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on January 10, 2013, 09:06:00 AM
 :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 10, 2013, 10:55:32 AM
What a great pic, gze!  Did you feel like a little mouse under all those pairs of eyes?

What a thrill it must be to release the healed ones - great work!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 11, 2013, 04:12:47 AM

Faerie Gardener, Barred Owls are certainly territorial, especially during nesting season. In captivity - like rehab - it's really no one's territory and in general they seem to get along fine together - like the six in the photo. The two that I released were both juveniles so we hope they will keep each other company for awhile as they find their way in the wild again.

Nancy, releasing birds is always a joy to me. With so many heartbreaks, the letting go of one more wild free healed bird is a blessing to us all. No, I don't really feel like a mouse with the Barred Owls - lol - I feel like an invader. I try to keep a low profile so as not to disturb their 'sleep' - move quietly and slowly, shh, pay no attention to the woman with the bucket. I love these birds.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 12, 2013, 08:40:47 PM
Guess Who Likes Snow (besides me)

In late Fall, we winterize our outdoor flight cages by putting up clear corrugated plastic storm panels on most of the open sides, leaving some space open for fresh air and sunshine. So when we get snow, there is usually some snow inside the cages as well.

The last snowstorm we had, there was a small pile of snow beneath the window in the ravens’ cage. A few days later when I went down to feed them, I noticed there was quite a bit of snow on their feeding platform, which is about four feet off the ground. I was puzzled by this but didn’t think much about it, cleared it away and left a platter of fresh food for them on the platform.

When I went down later, the platform was again covered with snow. The ravens were playing! They were gathering snow from the pile on the ground and carrying it up to the feeding platform. Today, when I went down to feed them, most of the snow was gone. But I thought they would enjoy a snowy treat so I went out and made snowballs – about ten snowballs of varying sizes - and placed them around their cage.

Then I had to give a tour for some new volunteers so I didn’t get to see how the ravens responded to these gifts. When I returned a few hours later, the snowballs were gone – and there was snow everywhere!

I think they had some fun – maybe they had a snowball fight?? Next time I will just have to sneak a peek at this!



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on January 12, 2013, 08:45:48 PM
What fun, for you & the Ravens, hope you get to watch them next time. Do you know their approximate age?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on January 13, 2013, 10:04:09 AM
Yay Gze!! :hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on January 13, 2013, 11:40:04 AM
What fun for the Ravens and so observant of you. So glad you were able to enhance their day :wub
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ccfan on January 14, 2013, 03:59:16 PM
What fun Gze :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 13, 2013, 09:35:01 AM
It’s been fairly quiet at Avian Haven … always a good thing. We have taken in two Great Horned Owls recently who both tried to eat porcupine. The first one had been in this situation for too long and was emaciated. I held her while Marc removed as many quills as we could find, but it was too late – some quills had already ‘migrated’ to internal organs and the beautiful owl died anyway. The second one I think we have a better chance with – she came to us sooner so hopefully no quills have already worked themselves in too deeply. Also, she is in good weight and able to eat on her own – I delivered ten mice for her dinner last night.

In spite of our snowy weather, we continue to make progress on 'The Pool Hall' - our new facility for aquatic birds.

Last week, I had the pleasure of releasing a duck I had helped get to rehab. A woman was standing in her yard when a female mallard “fell from the sky”. We think she may have been knocked down by a hawk who could then not follow up because of the woman’s presence. The woman picked up the dazed mallard and took her to a nearby animal hospital who then called us. This was near my home so I went and picked her up. The vet techs had named her Quackers.

It was late in the day and she had no apparent injuries so she was spending the night with me. Oh, was she mad! When I opened the box in my kitchen, she glared at me, hissed at me and tried to bite me. So I put her in my bathtub for awhile to swim it off and arranged transport to Avian Haven in the morning.

She was indeed uninjured. We kept her a few days just for observation and then it was time for her to go home. I drove her to the nearest open water to where she was found, a beautiful cove with hundreds of mallards. When I let her go, I assumed she would join the others, but she had a better idea. I think she needed to stretch those wings because she took off across the cove and that’s the last I saw of her. You can see her just above the tree line. Bye Quackers!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/IMG_1137_2_zpsc5b8b04b.jpg)



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on February 13, 2013, 06:43:12 PM
 :eccry Oh soo painful  the pool hall looks fantastic Gzebear!! I am so glad the other owl is ok.. ... pocupine wow that is a big critter
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 28, 2013, 05:50:07 PM
Eagle Release!


Monday, we released Sebago, a four-year-old Bald Eagle who was with us well over a year. He had been shot and had suffered severe soft tissue damage to a wing tip as well as having a pellet in his neck and head. Fortunately, there was no neurological damage, he made a long but excellent recovery and has been doing well in the big flyway for several months.

I loved this bird (of course!) and hoped to be able to see him off, but I was just recovering from a bout with pneumonia and the timing was good for him to go so off he went. I blew kisses to the sky which I’m sure he got.

Wherever ye shall fare, Sebago, fare thee well! Hope you remember everything you need to know …

         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sebagorelease_zpse9e60a91.jpg)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boodle317 on March 01, 2013, 05:46:17 AM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 01, 2013, 06:12:34 AM
Another lovely story. Best wishes  both to Sebago and to you, Gze-  be well!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on March 08, 2013, 12:04:33 PM
I just received some cool news. 'Eddington', the young Bald Eagle I released in the Fall of 2011 (my first release!) just had his picture taken and posted on the eBird website. Here he is (scroll down), lookin' all handsome and two-year-oldy ...  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13320873 (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13320873)

We're so happy to see him alive and well.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on March 08, 2013, 05:14:04 PM
 :yeah How cool to know where one of your released "kids" is! Lookin' good! Thanks gze for letting us share your good news. ♥
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on March 08, 2013, 05:24:29 PM
Eddington looks great.  :socool.    :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 14, 2013, 02:03:44 PM
Months later ... and many birds later ....

June = baby bird season. And we have MANY! All kinds. I think we now have 16 baby crows, which I love to feed - they 'gobble' after each bite. Most are now self-feeding and starting to fly around a bit. We also have two young ravens, two young barred owls, a (loud) pileated woodpecker youngster and allllll those little songbird mouths: robins, sparrows of all kinds, phoebes, one little titmouse, plus mourning doves, grackles, woodpeckers, etc., and, of course, countless young starlings.

It was hectic for awhile till our summer interns started on the 3rd of June. We have four interns this summer, all outstanding students, plus our regular summer volunteers. Lots of mouths to feed and everyone gets fed, floors swept, laundry, dishes .... many hands helping now.

I still work at the center at least two days a week, from 8 a.m. till everyone is tucked in for the night. In the meantime, I have been busy with rescues and transport. Since the 1st of June, I have responded to 14 rescue calls. My favorite was a man who called recently saying he had found "a black bird with blue on its wings". My first thought was that it was a grackle or crow and the 'blue' he was seeing was the still-sheathed young feathers which have a bluish tint. Sure enough, it was baby crow. The man was surprised to learn that it was a crow and so interested to learn a little about feather development, then he asked, "But why would someone cut this bird's tail off?" So I showed him the little tail feathers just beginning to emerge. Ohhhh.

This is an experience I always enjoy - when someone rescues a bird and it becomes a profound experience for the rescuer. Perhaps it's the first time someone has had personal contact with wildlife or they've just realized what is living in the tree in their yard or they see for the first time, with their own eyes, how feathers grow. Sometimes it is a child who is suddenly completely taken with the little bird they hold in their hands, realizing they have (hopefully) saved this tiny life. Where will this experience lead them?

As with all of our crow nestlings, this little one will be returned to his family when he is able to fly. We will call the finder and arrange a time and place to meet so he can show us the tree where he found the young crow. People often ask why we don't re-nest them. Some birds we can, and do. We have re-nested several owls already this year. But approaching a crows' nest when the youngsters are at the hopping around age, we would risk the chance of the remaining siblings all mis-fledging! It's safer to hold them in rehab till they are able to get about on their own. Their families will recognize them and welcome them home - a joyous reunion!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on June 14, 2013, 02:40:17 PM
Thank-you gzbear for the recap & the good work you do. It is very rewarding seeing the awe when people realize the experience of saving & learning about wildlife. I do believe it opens their eyes to the wonder & changes them for the good. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on June 14, 2013, 11:13:39 PM
Dear GZE - thank you for the update and the wonderful work you do!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on June 15, 2013, 07:08:29 AM
Always inspiring when I read your posts gze...thank you. ♥

I, too, enjoy sharing things that I learn here with people without such exposures.  To just make them more aware of their importance to our planet and that they are not "just a bird".  Knowledge is understanding and understanding is a step toward humanity.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: emc on June 15, 2013, 10:17:50 AM
Gze, I am in awe of all you are accomplishing. Fantastic ! And of course love, love the opportunities you are having teaching.  :wub
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 16, 2013, 08:04:11 PM
Thank you, Gze - I love reading your updates. I am seeing and hearing lots of youngsters: Do you have any recordings of Baby Crows or Ravens? Do they "screep" like eaglets or do they  "caw"?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 17, 2013, 02:51:10 AM
Faerie, it's hard to describe in words! Maybe I should record them - we have two young ravens and about 15 young crows in rehab. The ravens are very loud: wrrrrawckk!! The crow babies are not as vocal: wrah! Neither screeps like an eaglet. Both are delightful to hand-feed as they tend to express their gratitude after each bite: wrobble-wrobble!

Gee, I hope that helps ... :couch2 ... maybe I should get a recording ....
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 17, 2013, 05:23:56 AM
 :mhihi  Oh, Thanks, Gze, that is totally helpful! I can just hear them   :clap

OK, that does not "sound" like what I am hearing in my woods. Maybe I should try to record them! However, I heard them a lot until the last few days. My hubby thinks maybe they are woodpeckers or bluejays. We do have eagles here but I haven't seen too many adults this Spring, so I would not expect the nest to be that close.

I'll check it out today while I am weeding  :ecwink
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2013, 08:52:41 AM

Recordings of the sound would be cool, done by BOTH of you!
What fun!

You can hear fledgling Ravens on the webcam.
To me they sound prehistoric!
Similar to adults, but rougher in a way.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 16, 2013, 04:31:08 PM
I took a little road trip this summer, mainly to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - 3,337 miles altogether. I stopped to visit chatters along the way in Ontario and Michigan, which was of course wonderful! I left in mid-July and as luck would have it, my car broke down the day I was leaving so I had to stay an extra week waiting for repairs, on U.P. time.  :nod2

While I was away, there were very few calls for rescues from my midcoast area, but since I've been back I've responded to five calls already. I guess they knew I was out of town. My first day back I rescued an injured crow and picked up a young mourning dove that came across on the ferry from one of the islands. The second day I rescued a cormorant that had hauled itself out of a nearby harbor.

The third day it was a herring gull, seen walking down the road about 15 miles away. When I got there, a couple young boys met me. There was the gull, standing in the middle of the road, but the boys didn't know why I was there. They saw the gull and decided to chase it, with me yelling hey, wait, stop, don't chase it! They stopped and asked, why? I said, because it's injured. Then they asked me why I was there, as I was getting my net from the trunk. I told them I was there to rescue the gull. They saw my net and one of them said, you're not going to catch that duck with that - haha!  I said, yes I am, and it's not a duck. Then the other one said, this is going to be good - if it's not a duck, then what is it? I said, it's a herring gull, which a lot people call a seagull. He said, THAT'S a seagull??   Amazing.

I herded the gull toward some shrubs, netted her effortlessly, which totally impressed these two kids, and gathered her up to take her to the carrier in my car. Then they really wanted to help, wanted to carry my net, wanted to carry the bird. One of them asked, how do you know it's injured? And I told them, because if it weren't injured, it would have flown away.

Ohhhhh. Are you going to catch any more birds, because we could help you!


I love this part of rescue work - opening eyes to the lives of birds - like the kind man I wrote about in June who had rescued a young crow and said, "why would anyone cut the tail off this bird?" I had showed him the little still-sheathed feathers just emerging and explained she was a youngster and hadn't grown her tail feathers yet. We rehabbed that little crow and then I took her back to her rescuer for release to her family. Before I let her go, I showed him all her beautiful shiny tail feathers. He was so enthralled with this experience. (He also made a donation!  :ecsmile )

So now I have a little robin that someone thought was a sparrow. She lost her nest and her siblings so I am being special kind to her. I gave her a mirror for company, and she'll go with me early in the morning to Avian Haven where she will join other orphans her age.  :heart

While I was in Michigan, I rescued two birds (had to keep in practice). One was a chipping sparrow that had flown into a window and knocked himself out. I found no apparent injuries so I just kept him warm and quiet overnight and the next morning he was ready to go - flew off chit ... chit ... chit!

I saw and then heard my first winter wren there! Such a beauty. I mentioned it in chat and Cawatcher posted this lovely video: Winter Wren Portrait (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvdwamHv_fk#ws)

My second rescue en route was a bit crazy. As I was driving downstate, I saw a young gull get hit by a car. I had to stop and rescue her. She had a broken wing, which I wrapped. I also gave her some arnica, then drove to the nearest town and called everyone I could think of to get help for this sweet bird. I called Avian Haven and they gave me a bunch of rehab numbers to call. I called the state DNR, I called the Association of Wildlife Rehabbers .... I tried for over an hour and every call dead-ended. I needed to get back on the road so I gave her some water, settled her in for the trip and continued on my journey. When I got downstate, I tried again to find a rehabber. No luck. One person on the rehabber list who 'specializes in birds' said, 'oh, but I don't take gulls.'

Finally I thought well, this bird should at least be relieved of her suffering so I called a local vet. He just so happened to be a former wildlife rehabber and was happy to help me with the little gull. Unfortunately he could not repair the wing but at least she was humanely put to sleep. Sweet bird.

I keep coming back to this idea of putting together an accurate list of rehab centers. It was truly a frustrating experience. Wrong numbers, no answer, no call back, no-longer-doing-its and then some of them gave me numbers to call of people who weren't even on the list. It made me ever more grateful for Avian Haven and their amazing network of volunteer rescuers and transporters ... and the fact that they answer the phone!  

It's good to be home .... now it's time to feed the little robin!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on August 16, 2013, 04:48:08 PM
 :eclove gze ~  truly, wherever you go, there you are!  Wonderful litany of rescues and releases (I wish it had ended better for the gull hit by the car...)

I hope you do continue with your idea of an up-to-date rehabbers list, that would be a most welcome and useful compilation.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on August 16, 2013, 04:56:32 PM
Don't know what to say other than you are amazing :heart Thank-you for what you are doing & sharing it with us. Sad for the gull but least he wasn't left to die a horrible death. You rock.

My most favorite part too is opening the eyes of people on mostly birds & red squirrels. Warms the heart.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 16, 2013, 07:28:37 PM
Many thanks, Gze. You open my eyes more each time you post. And I love to read your postings to others and open their eyes, too! Love the part about the mirror for the little robin.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on August 17, 2013, 04:55:11 AM
Gze - great idea about the rehabber list - none of the posted lists even show a rehabber in my county - and yet they are out there - and really hard to find.

My stepfather always had a mirror in the aviary with his small parrots when I was a kid. They could be very self-involved birds! :eclol
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on August 17, 2013, 07:00:46 AM
 :heart gze, you are so inspiring!    :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 04, 2013, 01:46:32 PM

Juvenile Bald Eagles - our "Class of 2013"

This summer we had four Bald Eagle youngsters who were not re-nestable, all of whom were released in the past few weeks. One of our State biologists referred to them as the “Class of 2013”.

The first two were released on September 9th in Eddington, Maine, joining the celebration of the breaching of the Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River (yay!!). One of these eaglets was found July 12 on Pine Island of Green Lake in Dedham – “mostly dead” when picked up, just skin and bones.


'Dedham' being released by representatives of the Penobscot Nation, who were instrumental in the Veazie Dam removal ...

            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA11C_zps76d178bf.jpg)

            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA12C_zpsfba60f32.jpg)

            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA13C_zpsea5fbcfc.jpg)

Bye Dedham! Have a good life!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 04, 2013, 01:54:44 PM

Eaglet #2 - 'Kenduskeag'

The second bird released that day was found July 17, apparently on a walkabout near Kenduskeag, debilitated by a heavy parasite load.


'Kenduskeag' out of the crate now ...

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA21C_zpsc73ef6ef.jpg)


off into the blue ...

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA22C_zps1d2faaa2.jpg)


lookin' good!

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA23C_zps715b3c21.jpg)


Bye Kenduskeag! Have a good life!

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/BAEA24C_zpse350cb68.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on October 04, 2013, 06:33:52 PM
 :yeah Wonderful news gze!     :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on October 05, 2013, 09:53:45 AM
It is wonderful news, thanks for sharing. Sure is nice we have all these rehabs & people working at them going the extra mile.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on October 07, 2013, 07:54:26 AM
Love your photos and stories, gze!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on October 07, 2013, 08:26:01 AM
wonderful news on Dedham and Kenduskeag! can't wait to see about the others...
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 07, 2013, 04:26:40 PM

The second two eaglets of the "Class of 2013" were released on the Kennebec River, upstream from the towns where both were found.

This first youngster, 'Woolwich' (pronounced woolich) was rescued in early July by Warden Doug Kulis. She was on the ground in the town of Woolwich near a busy intersection. She was able to fly short distances but seemed clumsy and disoriented. At one point, she collided with a tree. Doug tried to maneuver her into the woods, but she kept returning to the road. There were no adults nearby so she was rescued from a dangerous situation and brought to Avian Haven.

Here is her release, on September 18 (she took the side door out of the crate) ...


                        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/WoolwichCrate1_zpsdf47d807.jpg)

                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/WoolwichFliesbySteve_zpsce891de6.jpg)


Woolwich back in the blue ....

                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/WoolwichFlyingHigh_zps9ed4bbdc.jpg)


Bye Love!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 07, 2013, 04:51:19 PM


The second eaglet returned to the sky on the Kennebec River was 'Hallowell'. Hallowell was rescued in early August by Warden Steve Alarie in the town of Hallowell. The eaglet had reportedly been down for several days, perhaps even weeks, and was actually in the river when Steve arrived. The bird was very thin, seemingly half-dead on arrival. He's looking good now though!


                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/HallowellCrate1_zps628fda64.jpg)



                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/HallowellCrate2_zpsa79e7634.jpg)



And off he goes!

                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/HallowellFlyingHigh_zps4339c731.jpg)



Fare well, wherever ye may fare, beloved eaglets! Fly high, be strong, eat lots of fish!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 07, 2013, 05:18:34 PM
                   
                                             :hearts2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on October 08, 2013, 01:15:30 PM
so wonderful to see them fly free!!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 10, 2013, 03:29:47 PM

Cedar Waxwings

Officially the last of our summer songbird nestlings to fledge were the lovely Cedar Waxwings - 13 youngsters, along with 2 rehabbed adults - all released in the past couple weeks.


They are so patient ....

                    (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/readytogo_zps98cc898d.jpg)



I'd been seeing and hearing :heart a flock of Cedar Waxwings in this Mountain Ash tree near my home for a couple weeks, so we chose this as a perfect spot to release our kids and the two adults so they could join an existing flock.

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/MountainAshTree_zps3fa48205.jpg)



The tree was loaded with berries!

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/MtnAshberries_zps72474e57.jpg)


We sent them off in two groups – in the first group, released September 18, there were nine fledglings and one rehabbed adult. We opened the carriers and they were gone in two seconds. One flew left, one flew right, the rest of them went straight to the tree. The existing birds and the newly released birds called to each other and hopefully all found each other within a short time. I'm sorry to say the Release Day Photo Shoot did not go well - I was so excited about letting them go that I forgot I was supposed to take pictures.  :nope

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 10, 2013, 03:38:46 PM
Cedar Waxwings, continued ....


The second group of Cedar Waxwings, slightly younger, were released in the same location a week later. This group of four fledglings included ‘Blondie’, a very pretty bird with exceptionally light coloring.


'Blondie' early on - she had come in with a fracture of the left radius and ulna, both of which mended nicely ...


                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/youngBlondie_zpsb2d00cd4.jpg)


'Blondie' on Release Day ..... oh look, she's already got a little red waxy tip!

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/Blondieonreleaseday_zps08b0ebfb.jpg)


The last Cedar Waxwing to join the flock in the ash tree was an adult with a previously injured shoulder, released October 3.

Thus ends our nestling songbird season .... almost. We just got in a little goldfinch, very late nester. But for the waxwings, we wish them all bright skies and lots of berries everywhere!




Ohh, I love these birds!

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/waxwingopenmouth_zps64ec21e8.jpg)




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on October 10, 2013, 04:27:59 PM
The Waxwings do love the Mountain Ash berries, what a great spot to release them. Blondies a beauty too.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 13, 2013, 10:29:54 AM


One more waxwing photo .....


                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/yelloworange_zps6064e6cf.jpg)


When waxwings are fed honeysuckle berries as babies, their tail feathers emerge with orangey tips instead of yellow, like the bird on the right. Some even have kind of a peachy color. I think with their first molt, the tips are then yellow.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 17, 2013, 09:31:19 AM
Hermon

This is very sad news, but I want you all to know about it anyway.

Hermon was brought in earlier this week by Maine IF&W, found by the side of the road, shot.

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/Kelaniholdseagle_zps3c40ac6d.jpg)


If you want, you can read the press release: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/16/news/bangor/bald-eagle-shot-dead-in-hermon-game-wardens-investigating/ (http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/16/news/bangor/bald-eagle-shot-dead-in-hermon-game-wardens-investigating/)  However, she was not 'shot dead' - she was left to suffer from terrible injuries.

There was also a strange (sorry, but it is) blurb on the 6 o'clock news: http://wabi.tv/2013/10/16/wardens-offer-1k-info-dead-eagle/ (http://wabi.tv/2013/10/16/wardens-offer-1k-info-dead-eagle/)

I can't say anything more about it now because it is a criminal case under investigation.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boodle317 on October 17, 2013, 11:10:10 AM
 :eccry
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 17, 2013, 01:17:02 PM

me too, Boo ... too sad for words
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 18, 2013, 09:21:02 AM

Well, guess what ... I am now the designated manager of Avian Haven's Facebook page. You don't have to join Facebook to read my posts, just to comment on or 'Like' them. I try to post something of interest a couple times a week.

If you have a Facebook account, you could 'Like' our page :nod2 and catch our posts in your newsfeed. Otherwise, you could just check here from time to time to see what's new:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)

Thank you for your support!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 20, 2013, 02:15:44 PM
The (hopefully) Last Songbird Nestling of the Season

This little one arrived on October 6, wayyy late even for Goldfinch nestlings. She was found trapped under a cement slab with her mother trying unsuccessfully to get to her through a small opening. She finally got herself out, but it was obvious that her leg was injured. The homeowner scooped her up and a volunteer transporter brought her to Avian Haven ...

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Goldfinch/GoldfinchOct7_zps65002244.jpg)



We removed the splint October 14 ... she's doing great, just started self-feeding! There is a sweet video of her being fed, but I don't know how to post it here. You can see it on our Facebook page.  :nod2           
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 21, 2013, 05:20:27 AM


Awwww miigwetch Gze!!   Wonderful that the little one is making a recovery!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boonibarb on October 21, 2013, 08:50:40 AM

Here are the links to two fabulous videos from your Facebook page! ♥


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1412100915687873&set=vb.381894018553252&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1412100915687873&set=vb.381894018553252&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set)

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=180266025471247&set=vb.381894018553252&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=180266025471247&set=vb.381894018553252&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 21, 2013, 12:00:54 PM
The little Goldfinch is still making little begging calls, but is now self-feeding!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1412852935612671&set=vb.381894018553252&type=3&permPage=1 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1412852935612671&set=vb.381894018553252&type=3&permPage=1)


(thanks, booni!)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 02, 2013, 06:13:08 PM


Herring Gull

We'd never seen anything quite like it ....

This juvenile Herring Gull was brought to Avian Haven recently by a very kind man. What happened? As far as we could imagine a scenario, this youngster must have been hit by or somehow slammed into something face first with enough force to drive the upper beak through the soft tissue between the jaw bones of the lower beak.

                      (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Beak%20Gull/HEGU1C_zps8dbf2cb7.jpg)


It took two sets of hands but we were able to pull out the upper beak. Astonishingly, the tongue is intact. We sutured the tear in the skin, and this lucky kid will be back in the wild soon.

                      (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Beak%20Gull/HEGU2C_zpsbcd632c4.jpg)

                      oh thank you, that feels much better


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 02, 2013, 06:22:17 PM
Poor little guy - it seems his eyes even seem brighter in the last pic. Thank you!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on November 03, 2013, 07:10:24 AM
Oh my gosh, when I saw the first photo, I just couldn't imagine how this gull had lived, immediately thinking a "birth defect".  Then I read your possible explanation, and felt much calmer. And then I saw the "fix" and am just elated.  You guys do such wonderful things! ♥ What a lucky little gull.  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on November 08, 2013, 12:59:47 PM
Saw the gull photos in chat -- but seeing them again, I am still astonished. Happy for the gull, too. What a great job wildlife rehab did for him (or her).
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 08, 2013, 03:00:31 PM


Look whoooo came to Avian Haven!

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Short-Eared%20Owl%20Oct%202013/Short-earedOwlOct25_zps816e65d9.jpg)


She's a Short-eared Owl, which we rarely see in our area. She was found dangling from a picket fence with one wing caught. She might have been there several hours before someone found her, freed her and brought her to Avian Haven.


Here's the intake photo of her wing:

                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Short-Eared%20Owl%20Oct%202013/ShortearedowlwingCompressed_zpsca1abf51.jpg)


Minimal tissue damage but x-ray showed a fracture of the radius:

                         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Short-Eared%20Owl%20Oct%202013/Short-earedOwlbeforexrannotatedcopy_zps8873967a.jpg)


Ten days later, the wound was healed, the fracture site stable, and we transferred her to an outdoor cage where she was able to make short flights.

                       
                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Short-Eared%20Owl%20Oct%202013/Short-earedOwlinFlightNov1_zps9a60d824.jpg)


She's been flying well for the past week, and tonight I let her go! Release photos to follow, as soon as I get them (and if they turned out).


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 08, 2013, 04:08:48 PM
 :eclove  Oh, such great news, Gze! Thank you for making my day!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on November 08, 2013, 04:34:44 PM
Sweet bird, so glad she was found, helped and released. :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2013, 04:46:39 PM
Some wonderful success stories here, gze.  Thank you for all you do and for keeping us informed.   :hearts
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 12, 2013, 02:03:28 PM


Here's another photo of the beautiful Short-eared Owl, showing off her little tufts ... and her pretty legs!


                       (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Short-Eared%20Owl%20Oct%202013/SEOW2_zps28dca69c.jpg)


We released her November 8. Good release photos are hard to get, especially at dusk, but here's one of her just out of the carrier a few seconds before I let her go.


                        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/SEOWatreleasesite_zpsc80a2cc1.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 12, 2013, 04:44:54 PM
Awww. Good Luck Pretty Bird!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 13, 2013, 01:11:24 PM
Painted Turtles - yes, we also rescue and care for TURTLES!


These little painted turtles lost their mama when they were still in eggs inside of her. We hatched them, fed them for awhile and then hubster and I released them. I made a video but it's kind of long - when I figure out how to edit it I'll share. Meanwhile, here they go, off into the wild blue pond!


                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Turtles/PaintedTurtlerelease_zps4dc3386b.png)

                          Mishi-one, Mishi-two, Mishi-three and Mishi-caboose


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 21, 2013, 07:50:58 AM


Bald Eagle Cherryfield

                   (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/1142DayofAdmission_zps3b7522a2.jpg)



This beautiful bird could use your prayers, good thoughts, healing vibes, however it works for you. She was admitted October 22, apparently struck by a vehicle as she was found lying beside a roadway. X-rays revealed multiple pelvic fractures and she was unable to use her legs. She also had a notable level of lead indicating she had ingested lead in the recent past which may have contributed to her accident. We hand-fed her and were not very hopeful.


But she gradually began moving her legs and a week later, she stood up and was able to feed herself.

                   (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/StartingtoStandNov10_zpsfe407c97.jpg)


I learned today that she has been using her legs more to move about and was just transferred to a small outdoor enclosure. She has a very long way to go and the prognosis is not especially optimistic, but where there is progress, there is hope. Please hold her in your hearts.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 24, 2013, 06:57:31 AM

update on Cherryfield ...

Thank you all for your love and concern and prayers for this sweetheart .... she's looking a lot better and is using her legs now to get up to a low perch. This photo was taken yesterday ...

                    (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/CloseUpFace_zpsf07115c4.jpg)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on November 24, 2013, 09:11:11 AM
Wonderful news...thanks for the update.  Cherryfield is where it best stands a chance. Still sending good thoughts that way.  Avian Haven is awesome! ♥
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on November 24, 2013, 10:43:20 AM
Great news!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: fol-di-rol on November 24, 2013, 03:59:37 PM
Such a pretty eagle!  Healing wishes to her for full recovery  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 01, 2013, 10:27:10 AM
Diane, co-director of Avian Haven, has put together a lovely slide show of some of our interesting cases from this Fall. Click on the link and enjoy!


                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/slideshow_zps26aa94b7.png)

                  http://www.avianhaven.org/ahslides_2013_late_summer_fall.pdf (http://www.avianhaven.org/ahslides_2013_late_summer_fall.pdf)


Please remember Avian Haven in your charitable donations. We do operate on a tight budget. Imagine one Great Horned Owl that can put away 10 mice a day; we now have 6 eagles with voracious appetites for fish; we have 8 freezers to stock, one of which is dedicated solely to fruit! Everyone gets fed and fed well, but we sometimes feel the strain. And of course, in addition to the financial support, receiving a check in the mail - even for a small amount - lets us know that you care about these birds like we do. It means a lot. Thank you so much!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 07, 2013, 05:33:41 AM
Peregrine Falcons - subspecies Anatum and Tundra (Arctic)

We've had two Peregrines in rehab this Fall, of different subspecies. The first one was this adult of the subspecies Anatum:

                              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Peregrine%20Falcons/Peregrine1069_zps02f35680.jpg)

This beauty was found grounded in August with a wing fracture and was released in October.


This one, still in rehab, is a juvenile of the Tundra subspecies ...

                      (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Peregrine%20Falcons/Peregrine1377Tundra_zps6806c24a.jpg)


While there are obvious differences because of the difference in their ages, you can also see some subspecies difference, for example the Tundra has a narrower 'moustache'.  


This juvie is doing well. He was found grounded and emaciated in early October, with one wing drooping. X-ray showed no sign of fracture so it appeared to be a soft tissue injury. Once back in good weight, he was transferred to an outdoor cage where he was able to fly, but still favored that sore wing. Now he is doing laps in the big flyway and just about ready for release!


            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Peregrine%20Falcons/1377Flies2_zps9acc31c4.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on December 07, 2013, 06:47:41 AM
They are beautiful birds, Thank you Gzebear for the updates on their condition !
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on December 07, 2013, 10:04:53 AM
They are beautiful, TY Gze.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on December 08, 2013, 03:02:18 PM
Gorgeous. Thanks for all you do.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 21, 2013, 12:41:29 PM
Cherryfield Bald Eagle update ....

Still recovering, but Cherryfield (admitted Oct 22 with multiple pelvic fractures) has shown much improvement. Earlier this week, she started flying in the small outdoor recovery habitat where she's been since November, so we moved her to a larger space ....

                   (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/Cherryfieldenroutetolargercage_zpsc97bbf1c.jpg)


Within 24 hours she was up onto a high perch!


                     (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/Cherryfield12203_zps91619417.jpg)


She's still a little unsteady on her feet but is flying and landing remarkably well!


                    (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/Cherryfield12201_zps8d41e6a1.jpg)


Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts! Yay!!



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on December 21, 2013, 12:46:59 PM
What a great picture. Glad to hear this wonderful news.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on December 21, 2013, 10:55:39 PM
fantastic!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on December 21, 2013, 11:03:56 PM
Wonderful Gze! You truly are remarkable!
:hearts2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 28, 2013, 10:44:43 AM
Barred Owls

This time of year, we take in a lot of car-struck Barred Owls, like these three beauties ....


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/1221Left1459juvcorMid1445juveyeRight1455adultscap_zps1ddf9b55.jpg)


The juvenile on the left had a coracoid injury, the juvie in the middle has an eye injury, and the adult on the right a scapula injury along with some broken primaries which we will imp before release. All three are doing well.

We have had some stormy weather here in Maine - two snowstorms back-to-back, then a three-day ice storm that left us without power for two days (including Christmas Day). We ran our generator as needed to keep everyone fed and well-cared-for, but what a challenge. Of course, with the roads nearly impossible, some of our volunteers were unable to drive the distance inland so we were short-handed too. I had an overnight guest Christmas Eve - another young car-struck Barred Owl. Since I had power and the roads were not good, I kept him overnight (wrapped his wing, gave him some Arnica and a nice Christmas Eve dinner of freshly thawed mice, settled him into a warm carrier). The next day, we ventured out and met another driver halfway. The main roads were okay; back roads were skate-able. Good time to have studded tires!

But all is well at Avian Haven - broken branches hauled away, paths shoveled, lots of wood ash on the icy parts. Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us at Avian Haven!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/snowyday_zps9ebbe6f9.png)




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on December 29, 2013, 04:39:53 PM
wonderful work you are doing gze!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 30, 2013, 08:03:09 AM
Golden Eagle! A first for Avian Haven .....


             (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Golden%20Eagle/GOEA1523_zps0f1a1705.jpg)


It's been quite a few years since there has been a known nesting pair of Golden Eagles in Maine, so we assume this bird was visiting us for the winter.  

Rescued late yesterday, the bird has an elevated blood lead level and, presumably as a consequence of lead ingestion, is emaciated and severely anemic. The good news is that x-ray reveals no metal fragments remaining in the GI tract. Our focus now is on supportive care; the bird did live the night – also good news!


For current updates, visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on December 30, 2013, 03:45:18 PM
Wonderful news - hope this beauty makes it. Thank again, Gze, for documenting all these wonderful stories for us.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 31, 2013, 06:05:59 AM
Our Golden girl not only made it through another night but seems to be doing better. Supportive care yesterday included yummy tube-fed high calorie easy-to-digest fish smoothies. Her droppings indicate that her GI tract is working. Please continue to hold her in your hearts ....


                (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Golden%20Eagle/GOEA2013December30Head_zpsfda46079.jpg)




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on December 31, 2013, 10:05:16 AM
She is a beauty, I'm  glad Golden girl is improving.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 08, 2014, 03:03:34 PM
Our Golden Eagle continues to improve!  Her blood work is now within range of normal, and she has a voracious appetite, which is always a good sign!

         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Golden%20Eagle/GOEA137_zps18ed5256.jpg)


We recently admitted another lead-poisoned Bald Eagle from Bowdoinham. This love is not doing so well and could sure use some prayers sent her way:


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bowdoinham/BAEA14-8_zpsb8b1942d.jpg)


Thanks. :heart

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 16, 2014, 07:49:23 PM
Avian Haven is in the news!  A snowy owl was trapped inside a building - after rescue it was taken to Avian Haven.

Newspaper article:
http://www.pressherald.com/news/Photos-Snowy-owl-takes-up-residence-in-Maine-building.html (http://www.pressherald.com/news/Photos-Snowy-owl-takes-up-residence-in-Maine-building.html)

Quote:  A snowy owl, which got trapped inside the old Grand Trunk Railroad building on India Street in Portland on Wednesday, had to be removed and will be taken to the Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom. The owl was most likely injured, said Michelle Smith, spokeswoman for the Maine Audubon Society, which was contacted about the animal. Snowy owls, usually a rare sight in southern Maine, have been spotted here in record numbers this season after food became scarce in their native Canada, according to Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox. “They’re down here because they’re starving,” he said recently. “These birds are desperate, they’re under stress, and they’re going as far south as it takes to find food.”

Interesting that the  Maine Audubon person says the owls are stressed and starving - our local people say they ones they have trapped and removed from the airport in Boston and fit and healthy.  ETA:  In the TV video (see link below), Hitchcock did not say that at all - wonder if this is a misquote  :puzzled2

There are photos of the owl in the building in the newspaper article, and a photo of the owl on AH's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)

TV news video here:  http://www.wmtw.com/news/firefighters-try-to-free-snowy-owl-trapped-in-portland-building/-/22922014/23944612/-/g69dn9/-/index.html (http://www.wmtw.com/news/firefighters-try-to-free-snowy-owl-trapped-in-portland-building/-/22922014/23944612/-/g69dn9/-/index.html)


gze - I hope you will keep us posted on how this beauty is doing!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 17, 2014, 06:48:24 PM


and here she is ...


         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/SNOWY%20OWL/SNOW1C_zpsfb9cdfd8.jpg)


She's a beauty and she appears to be just fine - in good weight, no broken feathers, no parasites (other than some now-deceased feather lice). I personally wish we could just let her go, but it seems 'researchers' want to get their hands on her first:

http://www.pressherald.com/life/Rescued_snowy_owl_called__plump___healthy_.html (http://www.pressherald.com/life/Rescued_snowy_owl_called__plump___healthy_.html)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 17, 2014, 07:33:31 PM
That is just an amazing picture.  So glad she seems well and can get a chance at a wonderful life.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on January 17, 2014, 07:57:38 PM
I hope she can be released with out transmitter Gze. She is a Beauty
 :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 18, 2014, 05:54:24 AM

No banding, no transmitter for the Snowy Owl. We'll put a tiny notch in one feather, just so we can recognize her if for some reason she comes back to us. But she's going off free as a bird .... and I'll be there! :nod2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boodle317 on January 18, 2014, 05:59:59 AM
Wow...what a beauty!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on January 18, 2014, 07:00:42 AM
Wow Gze awesome! :eclove :thumbup:
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 18, 2014, 11:41:55 AM
Since I can't post non-YT videos, here's a still from hubster's video of the Snowy release today. There were other people there so hopefully someone got a good photo of her. I did the release so I got nothin'. I'll post other photos when I have them, meanwhile here's another angel going home ....

            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/SNOWY%20OWL/Picture1_zps7b865772.png)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on January 18, 2014, 12:44:48 PM
how wonderful!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 18, 2014, 01:57:16 PM
That's so great, Gze, thank you so much. I just love her fluffy feet  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 18, 2014, 05:26:43 PM
wow, released already - that is terrific!

gze, if the video is hosted somewhere other than YT, you can post a link to it even if you can;t embed it.

Project SNOWstorm is also hoping for lots of photos of the snowys with details of the markings on the tail.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 18, 2014, 05:52:37 PM

A better release photo of Snowy Owl ....

           (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/SNOWY%20OWL/IMG_0863_zpsb6ceb27e.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 20, 2014, 12:05:07 PM

Link to video of Snowy Owl release, in slow motion: Snowy Owl release 18 Jan 2014 on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/84524086)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 20, 2014, 06:43:45 PM
gorgeous, gze !!!

The markings are very clear - I hope you will submit this video to Project SNOWstorm, I think it contains very valuable information.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 20, 2014, 06:55:05 PM

We have admitted yet another Bald Eagle with lead-poisoning. She still had lead in her GI tract so we did a gastric lavage (stomach flush) to remove it. At 1/2 cm, 40 mg, it was the just about the estimated amount lethal to a Bald Eagle if it stayed in the GI tract. We have no way of knowing how long it was there. Her breathing was labored today and her condition unstable. We'll see how she fares the night. Beautiful bird ....

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA38Pbrestingafterlavage_zps808f77d1.jpg)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: madrona on January 20, 2014, 06:56:27 PM
What a lovely release!  The person videoing the owl as she headed in that direction must have a great video too.   :eclove

ETA:  Gosh, it is so sad, by contrast, seeing that poor eagle.  Hope she recovers!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 20, 2014, 07:01:47 PM
Poor thing,  hope she can recover.   Really cool release of the snowy.  Keep up the wonderful work. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 21, 2014, 07:36:23 AM

BAEA Wilton

Miraculously, she not only survived the night but at 6 a.m. was standing upright and breathing more normally!


            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/MorningJan21_zps1c21aa0a.jpg)


She even put up a good fuss when we took her out for morning meds. She's certainly not out of the woods, but she's still alive! Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. :nod2



Nancy, we've been in touch with Project SNOWstorm, and the Snowy has been well-photographed
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 21, 2014, 02:26:47 PM

BAEA Wilton

And then she died, another victim of senseless lead poisoning. Safe and warm and well-cared-for, she put her head down this afternoon and quietly slipped away. Fly away Home, sweetheart.

This bird was banded. We traced the banding and learned that she had been banded as a nestling in 1995, Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts. So she would have been 19 in May.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on January 21, 2014, 02:40:20 PM
 :eccry Darn us humans I am sorry Gzebear  a beautiful eagle wasted
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: madrona on January 21, 2014, 02:44:52 PM
I am so sad to read this, gze.  She looked so beautiful in that last photo.  It is so much sadder to know that a wild creature died because of man's stupidity.  I hope she had a very productive life and that her offspring do not succumb to a similar fate.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 21, 2014, 03:39:27 PM
My heart lifted when I saw the picture of her from this morning, looking so much better that the night before, and then plummeted when I read your next post, gze. Thank you for comforting her at the end.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 21, 2014, 08:45:05 PM
I had the same reaction, first so happy, then so sad....and I know that it must be even worse for you, Gze. Please keep doing what you do. It is a comfort to know that she was safe and warm.  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on January 22, 2014, 11:13:10 AM
So sorry to hear about the eagle, but glad you gave her a chance. Wonderful work you do.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 22, 2014, 04:21:11 PM

It's not uncommon to feel this hopefulness: wow, she's standing! oh, he looks so much better! look, she ate! and then watch them fail or simply find them dead. It's heartbreaking, that's for sure. But after awhile, we learn to be 'cautiously' optimistic, knowing things could go badly. Still optimistic, still celebrating small victories, but knowing how often all of our very best efforts are to no avail. Thank you all for caring, and for being a part of this beautiful heartbreaking work.
 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 29, 2014, 07:20:57 AM
Another Snowy Owl arrived yesterday. She was found on an island, brought to the mainland by boat, then transported by car about 70 miles to Avian Haven. Unlike the recent Snowy who had gotten trapped inside an empty building full of pigeons and rodents, this one is quite thin. But similar to the recent Snowy, she too was carrying a village of feather lice, which we have kindly relieved her of.

Here she is, shortly after arrival, peering out of an ICU ...

              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/SNOWY%20OWL/SnowyOwlLooksoutofICU_zpsdfc7a19b.jpg)



You can follow her story here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 02, 2014, 12:36:49 PM

(Superb) Barred Owls Emma and Oscar

Avian Haven director Diane Winn has created a beautiful tribute to our beloved Barred Owls, Emma and Oscar, who have been surrogate parents to many orphaned youngsters over the past 14 years. We lost Emma in January 2013, Oscar on January 16 of this year. They were the best parents.

            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Picture6_zps5772a0d6.png)


Click here to view the slide show: http://www.avianhaven.org/Emma_and_Oscar_Memorial.pdf (http://www.avianhaven.org/Emma_and_Oscar_Memorial.pdf)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 02, 2014, 04:18:45 PM
That is a great story.  Congrats to your director Diane.   May you have continued success with all of your birds
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 03, 2014, 08:13:36 AM

BAEA Cherryfield - released!

Cherryfield was a miracle. Here is her intake photo:

       http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=895.msg142631#msg142631 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=895.msg142631#msg142631)

She suffered multiple pelvic fractures as the result of a vehicle collision. She was unable to use her legs for the first week and was hand-fed; then she had limited use but was able to stand and feed herself. After awhile she started flying about, landing somewhat awkwardly ... and then landing quite well.

Yesterday, she went home!


         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagle%20Cherryfield/OutoftheCrate_zpsb296550b.jpg)


Some release photos are better than others! Cherryfield surprised us by choosing the side door of the carrier, so this was the best shot we got before she headed strongly up the Narraguagus River and was quickly out of sight.

Fare thee well, amazing bird! Live long, fly free, have babies, eat lots of fish!  :heart

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 03, 2014, 05:22:18 PM
 :clap   Heartwarming story!  Many, many thanks.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 05, 2014, 12:17:37 AM

(((Gze)))  Gitchi Miigwetch!!  You keep me in awe!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: linused on February 05, 2014, 04:46:02 PM
Gze,   you and Cherryfield are an inspiration, and a good lesson in never giving up  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: idahowa on February 05, 2014, 06:57:22 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 06, 2014, 09:53:33 AM


Thought you would enjoy this photo, if you haven't already seen it on our Facebook page.

Golden Eagle, getting a new angle on that person down there ....


           (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Golden%20Eagle/GoldenEagleheadcocked_zps84bc85de.jpg)
                                                                                    photo by Glori Berry



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2014, 10:41:34 AM

Super! ♥
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: fol-di-rol on February 06, 2014, 03:36:10 PM
GZE!  thank you so much for that adorable picture of the Golden Eagle - really giving you the once-over :ecwink
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: PamNY on February 09, 2014, 03:56:09 PM
Cherryfield is an inspiration. 

And I love the tilty-head eagle.  Nothing so precious as an inquisitive youngster.  Thanks for sharing these.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 13, 2014, 05:49:30 PM
A recent admission was this Red-necked Grebe, found in the middle of a road, thin and dirty, also loaded with tapeworm, but otherwise okay. Treatment and a few days R & R in the 'pool hall' should help.

I tried to share a video of the grebe vocalizing but it kept displaying an error message. You can see it on our Facebook page - it's great.

Meanwhile, here's a still photo of the grebe in one of our pools ....

           (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/RNGrebeinpool_zps24cd885a.jpg)


Avian Haven Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on February 14, 2014, 12:05:42 AM
 :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 14, 2014, 06:43:15 AM

If at first you don't succeed, try reading the tutorial ....

Red-necked Grebe, vocalizing over breakfast!


          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfyBemUPAcA


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on February 14, 2014, 07:20:13 AM
wow thank you gze for the video!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on February 23, 2014, 01:25:46 PM
Seabird Releases!

We released two seabirds yesterday. The Red-necked Grebe who can now go honk to his heart's content ...

            (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Red-necked%20Grebe/GrebeRelease2_zps70a96435.jpg)



and a Thick-billed Murre, also found on a roadway, who just happens to be adorable (and well plumped for the journey home) ....


             (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Thick-billed%20Murre/MurreRelease1_zpsd07fdfdf.jpg)


There she goes! ohhh, what a cutie .....


              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Thick-billed%20Murre/MurreRelease2_zps369ddf35.jpg)


Bye-bye you two! Have a good life!


For more info and photos about these two, see our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)

          
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on February 23, 2014, 06:37:12 PM
sweet releases, gze  :eclove

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on March 03, 2014, 04:32:08 AM

Ravens - a friend for Kako!

For many years we have had two ravens - Kci and Kako* - who have been wonderful surrogate parents for our young or orphaned ravens. We lost Kci in 2012 due to a condition with her joints than many treatments and therapies failed to resolve. Since Kci died, Kako has had the company of other rehab ravens - mostly juveniles - but none that she developed a close relationship with.

This past November, we admitted an adult with an old wrist fracture that left the joint with no range of motion. We knew this bird couldn't be released, but we did have a vacant slot for a surrogate parent, so we went ahead with treatment and then moved the bird out to see how s/he got along with Kako.

We set up separate feeding stations in the raven house, and the new bird stayed on the ground for about a week. By mid-December, s/he was making it up the handicap ramps and steps to join Kako in the high lookout, though they stayed on opposite perches.

A month later, we found them not only side-by-side but grooming each other and engaging in the beak-clasping suggestive of bonding!


        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/RAVENS/Ravens1_zps5d097d47.jpg)


We immediately applied for a permit to keep the new bird and we just received it. We will do a DNA test to find out if the bird is male or female. Kako is female, as was Kci.


        (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/RAVENS/Ravens2_zps5a051745.jpg)


We don't have a name for the new bird yet - any suggestions?


*"Kci" and "Kako" are derived from the Penobscot word for Raven: Kči-kα-kα-ko

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: idahowa on March 03, 2014, 07:48:10 AM
Thanks GZ, great photos.  I'm enamored of/with ravens.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2014, 08:14:14 AM

Oh, how lovely to see gze, warms the heart to see them bonding like that!  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on March 20, 2014, 04:13:24 AM
Saw-whet Owl "Hootini" (or is it "Hooo-teeny"?)


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Saw-whet%20Owl/Saw-whet32_zpsd0cf832e.jpg)


We admitted this Saw-whet Owl a couple weeks ago. She had no obvious injuries but was very logy on intake. We put her into an intensive care unit where she basically passed out. When she awoke and was standing, we moved her into a small cage in the infirmary. That night she somehow managed to break out of her cage (we found her in the office), which is how she got her name.


She's been outside for about a week now, in a small outdoor habitat. We just moved her into a bigger space and she quickly flew to the highest perch. Looking good now ....


           (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Saw-whet%20Owl/Saw-whetuphighinSage_zpseb14448d.jpg)


                                                           .... soon to be released!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on March 20, 2014, 12:29:44 PM
Awww, so glad to hear Hootini is recovering well and quickly!  Amazing, the difference. Beautiful! ♥
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on April 29, 2014, 09:07:11 AM


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Golden%20Eagle/GOEARelease3_zps89303a35.jpg)


The young Golden Eagle who had been in our care for three months was released earlier this month. Here's a recently-published article about her:

http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/golden-eagle-s-three-month-journey-near-death-freedom-first-maine-s-history/32438 (http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/golden-eagle-s-three-month-journey-near-death-freedom-first-maine-s-history/32438)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on April 29, 2014, 09:55:59 AM
Gze - what a wonderful story about the eagle.  The man who wrote it did a fabulous job - as did Avian Haven with the treatment plan.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on April 29, 2014, 10:54:23 AM
Yes, what a wonderful article about this special eaglet.  She is a beauty and I remember the quizzical image with her head tilted to the side. ♥  Avian Haven is the amazing factor and thank goodness.  Otherwise, Maine would never have had this success story for the Golden Eagles.  Thank you gze!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: linused on April 29, 2014, 10:55:59 AM
Gze,   it was such a joy to read the story behind the face on your avatar.   Thanks for all you do
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on April 29, 2014, 02:16:11 PM
Wonderful work, gze!  Thank you for sharing this great article.  So happy she if flying free!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 06, 2014, 02:55:43 AM
We have a very special patient at Avian Haven ...

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Peregrine%20Falcons/PEFAlyingdown420_zps9a2d7ec6.jpg)

This Peregrine Falcon is the father of a peregrine we cared for in 2011 who was called "Feisty" (he's the cover photo on our Facebook page). Feisty's Dad is the male falcon on a BRI webcam nest in Portland. Feisty hatched there in 2009 and was well-loved by many cam viewers who followed his miraculous recovery at Avian Haven.*

The report is that Dad ran into a building and was found on the ground, unable to fly. He was in terrible shape when he arrived at Avian Haven on April 17. His mouth and face were full of blood, some of which originated from a deep laceration at the base of the beak. He was unable to use his legs. We weren't sure he would survive but we got the bleeding under control and within a few days he was moving his legs, then slowly graduated to standing, at least some of the time, and was able to eat cut-up mice.

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Peregrine%20Falcons/PEFA151425onhocks_zps616c13c0.jpg)


He seems to be over the worst of it, but he's got a ways to go. An ongoing concern is the trauma to the beak. Time will tell if the keratin will grow out properly from the divot and remodel the upper beak. We will have him with us for awhile yet. Let's hope he is as feisty as his beautiful son!

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Peregrine%20Falcons/PEFA151Standing5214_zps2ae926f7.jpg)


*Feisty's story: http://www.avianhaven.org/ahs2011_feistys_story.pdf (http://www.avianhaven.org/ahs2011_feistys_story.pdf)
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 10, 2014, 08:11:24 AM
Two beauties recently admitted ...

BAEA Dresden ....

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA185Dresden_zpse113f192.jpg)



and BAEA Addison ....

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA190Addison_zps6762d03c.jpg)


Both eagles were found on the ground and easily captured. They both had elevated blood lead levels and were emaciated on intake. Dresden seems to be doing a little better than Addison - at least she 'talks' to me, Addison just stares off into space. Both eagles have received chelation therapy for lead exposure as well as emaciation protocol. Both are now eating on their own.  

I posted their photos on our Facebook page, yesterday and today, and got many of the same questions and comments as with previous lead-poison cases. The growing awareness is painfully slow, but I am determined never to grow tired of answering the question, "where are they getting the lead?" until lead ammunition is history.



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 11, 2014, 05:54:35 PM

and another .... http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/11/outdoors/bald-eagle-rescued-after-found-sitting-on-sidewalk-in-bangor-neighborhood/ (http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/11/outdoors/bald-eagle-rescued-after-found-sitting-on-sidewalk-in-bangor-neighborhood/)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 13, 2014, 06:53:01 AM
The rest of that story ... the mate of the Bald Eagle rescued from the sidewalk in Bangor apparently ingested the same poison as she did. Tragically, he was not rescued but tried to land rather clumsily, fell onto a power line and was electrocuted.  :ecsad

Their two nestlings were heroically retrieved from 90 feet up in a large white pine tree; although they were very hungry, they seem to be okay ...


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/Kenduskeageaglets1_zps1eb9621b.jpg)


We have them in a 'nest' directly across from their mother's hospital cage so they can see and hear each other. When we see that all of them are stable, we'll try putting them together.

Here's the second news report, with video:

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/12/outdoors/baby-eagles-rescued-from-bangor-nest-after-mother-falls-ill-father-is-electrocuted/ (http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/12/outdoors/baby-eagles-rescued-from-bangor-nest-after-mother-falls-ill-father-is-electrocuted/)

Thank you all for your prayers and love for this mom and her babies. They've had a rough couple days.


This is Mom Kenduskeag ....


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/BAEA2006amMay12_zps3da5e322.jpg)



The report says these eaglets are 6 weeks old but I've gone back and looked at photos in the forum of some of our webcam babies, and I think they're about 4 weeks old ... but I haven't actually seen them yet. Tomorrow!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 13, 2014, 07:10:57 AM
 :heart  Thank you Gze
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on May 13, 2014, 04:40:21 PM
What a sad story about both parents!  I hope the Mother and eaglets do well.

In this article:
http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/12/outdoors/baby-eagles-rescued-from-bangor-nest-after-mother-falls-ill-father-is-electrocuted/ (http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/12/outdoors/baby-eagles-rescued-from-bangor-nest-after-mother-falls-ill-father-is-electrocuted/)
... it says that a photographer traced the ring number on the female and that she hatched in Winsor in 2010.  That can't be right - maybe a typo in the newspaper?   Is Winsor in Maine?  Perhaps the BRI people know this eagle?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 16, 2014, 06:18:09 PM

Nancy, there was an error in the reading of the colored band. She was actually banded as a nestling in 2008 - still, a young mother.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 20, 2014, 07:50:12 AM
BAEA 215, 216 Kenduskeag Avenue Eaglets

Here are the two eaglets in a recent and rare weight check photo op ....

Eaglet One

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/Eaglet1isweighed_zps11a53bf0.jpg)


and Eaglet Two


         (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/Eaglet2isweighed_zps5c059081.jpg)


They are eating and gaining weight, from 850 and 900 grams on intake, to 1.47 and 1.57 kg when this photo was taken a few days ago. I haven't seen them since I moved them outside, but there is now a monitor set up for keeping an eye on them. Unfortunately, the signal doesn't reach all the way to the clinic - it's in the Pool Hall, where I tend to loiter.

 

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on May 20, 2014, 04:14:24 PM
They're adorable.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on May 27, 2014, 12:01:41 PM


Update on Mom Bangor and her eaglets, for those who aren’t following this story on Facebook ….

The eaglets have grown a lot and gained weight mostly right on schedule. They’ve been eating on their own since they arrived - fish and mice cut up into small pieces and delivered to them incognito. Rehabbers tried putting them outside with their mom. Although she watched them, she didn’t make any attempt to feed them, even when they were begging. Since it was easier to care for them inside, they were brought back in and placed in a carrier with one end open to the cage of another adult, Addison (whose photo I posted earlier), for "proper imprinting". They tended to poop-shoot into Addison’s cage since that was the only rim to their ‘nest’, but he didn’t seem to mind. The carrier has a camera installed for observations and this photo ....


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/Eaglets1_zps0174c8cc.jpg)



This is Mom Bangor, after she was moved outside …


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/BAEA200inBartsPlaceMay14_zps3eb2344e.jpg)


She remained in this condition for over a week – "not acting right", not eating. Rehabbers thought it was due to lingering effects of the toxin she had ingested. She was hand-fed during this time. This is a fairly small cage – room to move about but not enough room to fly. I even tried to tempt her with a squirrel I'd found on the road, but she wasn't interested.

Finally, a couple days ago, she was moved to a larger cage where there was another adult female, Dresden (whose photo I also posted earlier). She had plenty of room to get some air under her wings, and she did just that, flying from high perch to high perch. She began to show interest in food.


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/BAEA200BangorMom_zps4352cf72.jpg)


(the gray on her face is stain from the charcoal treatment she received early on - some of the slurry drooled from her mouth while she was passed out)


The eaglets were moved back outside yesterday to an adjacent cage, the one where Mom had been, with a door open between the two cages. This is where they are now. Their weight has about tripled since intake.


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEagletsMay26_zpsb7416cfa.jpg)


Whether or not Mom is feeling better and might begin to tend to her babies remains to be seen. Meanwhile, rehabbers are discussing her release. While it would be wonderful if she did respond to her babies, it's possible that the best thing for her would be just to get back to the sky.


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 02, 2014, 05:54:43 AM

BAEA 200, 215, 216 Bangor Mom and her eaglets

Two recent photos of the eaglets in their outdoor habitat ....

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEagletsthinkingabouteating_zps64032a80.jpg)


feathers emerging ...

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEagletsrelaxingafterameal_zps9e52a22d.jpg)



and Mom Bangor .....

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/BAEA200BangorMom2_zps88c61684.jpg)


Mom is flying well and eating on her own. Maine IF&W is planning to release her soon.


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on June 02, 2014, 08:04:09 AM
gze will they allow her to raise her young this season?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 02, 2014, 04:36:39 PM

no Cali ... Mom Bangor will be released tomorrow, not at the nest site, but within her territory. The eaglets will remain at Avian Haven until they are (I pray) also releasable.

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on June 02, 2014, 10:28:08 PM
Wasn't mom Bangor interacting with her Eaglets and eaglets with her?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 03, 2014, 07:31:18 AM

hi passerine ...
When Mom and eaglets were first admitted, she was too ill to care for them. They were given food cut into small bits and they ate on their own, as they have ever since. When they were all moved outside, she still did not approach their 'nest' but remained on a perch at the other side and watched them. Eventually she was moved into an adjacent flight cage, with a door open between the two cages. I haven't been working at the Center lately, but to my knowledge she has not attempted to care for the eaglets.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on June 03, 2014, 08:34:12 AM
Thanks Gze. Weird, I wonder why. Maybe because they had food & warmth or....
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on June 03, 2014, 10:26:50 AM
thanks for the photos and updates, gze.  I see one eaglet has turquoise talons!

It is interesting that they could (and would) self-feed from such an early stage.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 03, 2014, 06:06:08 PM

BAEA 200 Bangor Mom - released today ...

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/BAEA200BangorMomOutoftheCrate_zpsb11fb6c2.jpg)


Hubster and I drove up to Brewer to be there for the release. She flew well, beautifully really, and landed high in a tree on the other side of a small pond. We watched her a long time - until everyone else had left. After about a half hour (and being harassed by crows), she took off, flew high up and over the trees and out of sight.

Being Avian Haven's Facebook manager, I have responded to countless questions about why Mom and her eaglets aren't together. My personal take on it is of course to trust the eagles and not try to figure out what they're doing in terms of human behavior. I know in my heart that Mom is in the best place possible for her right now, that after all the confusion, the loss of her mate, her nest, the life she knew ... she just needed to get back to the sky. It even seemed that being harassed by the crows held a certain relief. Ah yes, crows.

Godspeed Mom ... I wish for you a long and healthy life, a wonderful new mate and many more beautiful babies ...


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/BAEA200BangorMomFlyingHigh_zpsb1473082.jpg)



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on June 03, 2014, 06:51:15 PM
Ditto!  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 03, 2014, 08:01:21 PM
Beautiful pictures, Gze and a happy ending for this gorgeous bird. Thanks for filming it for us!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on June 07, 2014, 10:28:29 PM
Thank you Gze. Your work is so touching to me. You are amazing! To see Mom take flight must have touched you deeply. We hope that the youngsters are able to be released one day too. The good news is that they will more than likely follow their instincts.

:hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 09, 2014, 06:16:37 AM

There were quite a few eagle watchers at Mom Bangor's release - friends who had watched for her and her mate every day from their homes and offices. They have since reported sightings of Mom back in her territory ... and on her nest.

Meanwhile, the eaglets continue to grow. They have a new 'nest' - much larger than the first - and are still in the eagle house with two adults in an adjoining cage, open door between them.


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangoreagletsJune8_zps829a3ed7.jpg)



And in other news, we have been caring for six young woodcocks for the past month. Three who came in around the same time, from different locations ...


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Woodcocks/Woodcocks204205206_zpsf435de8f.jpg)


Between them, they have devoured over 7000 worms. We had to give up digging early on and place an order for 5000 worms. In a few weeks, we ordered another 2500. Hubster figures their average in a 12-hour day was a worm every 7 1/2 minutes. :thumbup:


Young 'timberdoodle' enjoying a sunbath ....


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Woodcocks/woodcocksunbathing_zps1ad38a02.jpg)


So finally, they were all released together this past weekend, deep in the woods behind Avian Haven ....

          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Woodcocks/WoodcockRelease2_zps90b23d52.jpg)


A perfect location with small brooks, lots of mud, plenty of cover, and probe holes indicating the presence of other woodcocks ....


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Woodcocks/WoodcockRelease5_zps309eb1a2.jpg)


Happy hunting, kids!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on June 09, 2014, 10:05:06 AM
Wonderful news, gze, on all fronts! As much as I would have rathered Mom Bangor continue to care for her young, it is not always possible.  Avian Haven is such a great "surrogate".  They are thriving and we can only hope they will continue to do so when they are released.  Love the Woodcocks.  Thanks! ♥
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 22, 2014, 05:21:21 AM

Update on the Kenduskeag Avenue eaglets and their mom ....


The eaglets seem to be moving about more ... and perching! I haven't seen them in person lately, but I always watch the monitor for awhile when I am there with a rescue.


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEaglets615_zps1fe93a24.jpg)
                                                                      photo by Glori Berry


And Mom Bangor appears to have a new beau! She was seen perched in one of her favorite spots, along with this beauty ...


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20Bangor/bangorbeau_zpsf3f82413.jpg)
                                                                      photo by Sharon Fiedler


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on June 25, 2014, 02:13:34 PM
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers ....

No one knew there was a nest in this tree until it was cut down. Then the tree cutters could hear the buzzing of young woodpeckers. They tried propping up the section of log with the nest against a nearby tree for the rest of the day, overnight and into the next morning, but the parents didn't return and the youngsters were beginning to sound frantic. So they carefully delivered a 3-foot section of the tree containing the nest to Avian Haven.

The entrance was only an inch and a half in diameter, but Marc reached inside with long forceps to gently draw little sapsucker legs to the opening where he could then remove the bird.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sapsuckers/Sapsuckerremoval1_zpsd5ce3e9a.jpg)


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sapsuckers/Sapsuckerremoval2_zps58720b9a.jpg)


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sapsuckers/Sapsuckerremoval3_zps2bff4a68.jpg)



 The process was repeated until all five babies were safely out. They are nestled together now in their new 'nest', and they are all doing fine.

                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sapsuckers/Sapsuckersinnewnest_zps421acadd.jpg)


  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 25, 2014, 02:58:09 PM
Oh My, I am holding my breath along with Marc here. I feel sad for Mama Sapsucker.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on July 19, 2014, 10:22:53 AM
Fledglings Galore!
We admitted 420 birds in June, around 200 so far in July. But lots of happy releases, including five Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Here's one of them, about to be released ...


                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sapsuckers/SapsuckerRelease0_zpsddfbc995.jpg)


Another, meeting the outside of a real tree for the first time ...


                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Sapsuckers/SapsuckerRelease2_zpsf6bd2af4.jpg)


All five of them left the hands of their caregivers and immediately climbed up the nearest tree and out of sight!


Speaking of fledglings, the Bangor eaglets, aka Kenduskeag Avenue Eaglets, that we raised from nestlings, have fledged. They are now in our large eagle habitat, in the company of another this-year bird, a second-year bird and an adult. We have admitted 3 eaglets besides these two, plus two from 2013. Last count, 11 eagles at Avian Haven .... more fish please!


Hangin' out on the high perches ....


                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEagletsFledged1_zps19e4bcba.jpg)




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: linused on July 19, 2014, 12:50:21 PM
This is wonderful Gze,     thank you
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on July 26, 2014, 12:18:13 PM

COMMON EIDER youngster

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/EIDER/EiderinPool_zpsfc6d8334.jpg)

This youngster was found waddling down the street in the coastal town where I live. Someone else had found it and delivered it to Avian Haven, but naturally when it came time for release, I was called. :nod2

Some friends have a wonderful old Grand Banks dory which they row nearly every day, year-round. Since they keep an eye on water birds in our area, I asked them about any eider sightings. Yes indeed, they were fairly sure we could find a creche, probably the same one this youngster was lost from.

                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/EIDER/IMG_2418_zps9a726925.jpg)


We loaded the carrier in the stern of the dory and off we went - those two doing the rowing, me with my binoculars hunting for eiders.

Young eiders live in creches - groups of youngsters tended by a few females while the other moms get food. Seen from the water, the creche looks a bit like a floating log with two heads. This is what we were looking for in a release site for this youngster.

After rowing for an hour, we found a creche by this amazing little island ...

              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/EIDER/IMG_2408_zpsa47c7fd2.jpg)


As we approached, the creche broke up and started swimming away from us. No time to waste! I opened the carrier and launched the duckling in the direction of the others. Naturally, she decided to swim the other way. We watched for awhile as she preened and dove and ate, slowly making her way along the shore toward where the eiders were. Then my friends needed to get back to the mainland, so we left her in the trust that they would find each other soon enough. Besides, it seemed likely that the others would return to the island as soon as we left.

This island was amazing in its stratification. On the ocean side were the cormorants on lookout. Below them the Herring Gulls; below the Herring Gulls, the Laughing Gulls. Apparently this is their hierarchy there. The mainland side of the island was goose territory, where the Canada Geese watched us carefully, lest we get too close to their nests. (These photos aren't great - we were rockin' and rollin' out there!)

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/EIDER/IMG_2412_zps6271bfc5.jpg)


The eiders were all hanging out at the far end. And, on top of the little tree there is an osprey nest! It was amazing to see all of these birds sharing this small island, each species with its own territory.

Here's the eider youngster, happy, I'm sure, to be back in salt water ...

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/EIDER/IMG_2411_zps5f0cfc14.jpg)

It took us another hour to get back to the inner harbor, but what a beautiful day to be out on the bay! Have a good life, little eider!


         



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on July 26, 2014, 01:05:21 PM
Thank you Gze! I am thrilled to read about the release today! :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 05, 2014, 02:10:35 AM


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/COLO%201108/WilsonLakeLoon1_zps340b91e4.jpg)


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/COLO%201108/WilsonLakeLoon2_zps29d563d5.jpg)


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/COLO%201108/LinefromWilsonLakeLoon_zpsc526870a.jpg)


          (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/COLO%201108/WilsonLakeintub1_zps66618a3e.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on August 05, 2014, 05:46:25 AM
those pictures certainly tell a compelling story, gze - thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 09, 2014, 11:39:34 AM

CEDAR WAXWINGS
The waxwing nestlings are arriving at Avian Haven, signaling the beginning of the end of our very busy summer season. These four came from three different nests ... all are doing well!

The rhythm of their late summer nesting is closely tied to the abundance in August of their favorite food - fruit!

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/Waxwings8614_zps38202e9e.jpg)

               More fruit please!



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on August 09, 2014, 04:27:34 PM
  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on August 10, 2014, 09:17:03 AM
Seen on FB a happy release & reunion for Loon. :ecsmile 
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)

COLO 1108 Wilton ("Lady Loon")
 Common Loon, rescued August 3 with fishing line wrapped around her neck and beak, spent a week in recovery at Avian Haven. She went home to Wilson Lake yesterday, and was soon greeted by her mate!

 (photos by Tony Nazar - thank you, Tony!) Please click on the photos to see all six of Tony's wonderful images of this reunion!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 13, 2014, 06:58:09 AM

Identifying songbird hatchlings is not always easy, but sometimes the interior of the mouth is a sure giveaway. Guess who this beautiful mouth belongs to!

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/Waxwinghatchling_zps8728a7ff.jpg)


               
(a recent admission!)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Carl Pa. USA on August 13, 2014, 12:05:31 PM
That is definitely a Cedar waxwing. you can ID by the magenta mouth stripes.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 13, 2014, 02:54:07 PM

Yes indeed - Cedar Waxwing! Here are a few older nestlings ...



               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Cedar%20Waxwings/Waxwings1_zps3a6aae77.jpg)
                  But I don't want to turn around ... can you just pass the berries back here?


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 04, 2014, 11:49:03 AM

Kenduskeag Avenue eaglets

The two eaglets who were rescued from their nest in May when their Dad died and Mom fell ill from an unknown toxin, are about to be released! Both are eating, flying, landing well, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has finalized plans for their release - tomorrow!

The fledglings are not being returned to their nest area on the Penobscot River but rather to an area on the Kennebec River which has more bountiful fish and where eagles tend to congregate after nesting season. Please join me in wishing them long healthy lives full of (FRESH!) fish!

                 (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEagletsdaybeforerelease5_zps12b6b911.jpg)
                       Whoa! Have you heard? We're gettin' outa here!




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 15, 2014, 09:28:33 AM

Recent Releases!

First of our hatch-year eagles to be released were the two Kenduskeag Avenue eaglets, who were rescued in May from their nest in Bangor, released September 5 .....


              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%20KENDUSKEAG%20EAGLETS/BangorEagletReleaseLeavingthehand_zps5bbec6d3.jpg)


Yesterday, we released three more eaglets!

from Miller Island ....


              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA785EastPondAloft2_zpsf98396c9.jpg)


from Mt. Desert Island ....


              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA940MtDesertaloft_zpscb9e26cf.jpg)


and from Readfield ....


              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA736ReadfieldAloft4_zps32f1381a.jpg)


They were all released at the same location on the Kennebec River, in an area where eagles tend to congregate after nesting season because the fishin' is good. They all flew well! Readfield gave his well-wishers a treat by circling overhead several times before heading off down the river corridor.

Bye kids! Have a great life! Lots of babies, lots of soaring, and lots of fish!!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: linused on September 15, 2014, 10:35:53 AM
How good does that feel Gze?!      :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on September 15, 2014, 12:14:52 PM
hooray!!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 22, 2014, 02:40:58 PM
BAEA 1141 Howland

We (I!) released another young Bald Eagle Saturday afternoon. This guy was found in the woods in August, alone, no parents seen or heard, was captured by IF&W and brought to Avian Haven. He was fortunately not in bad shape. He has been flying well, eating well and so ready to be released from captivity. When we brought him in for banding, he was extremely vocal about the procedure (his objections had little impact) and continued to voice his opinion all the way to the release site. I could barely get him gone fast enough - he was soooo ready!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1141outofthecrate_zps48730e41.jpg)
                    Get me outa here!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1141gainsaltitude_zpsf1563d37.jpg)
                    Freeeee at last!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1141soontobeoutofsight_zps46178b22.jpg)
                    I see a river! Fish!!! Yayyyyyyy!!!!!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 29, 2014, 01:23:23 PM
BAEA 1168 Madawaska

I released another young Bald Eagle on Saturday. This beautiful eaglet recovered from a broken femur she sustained when she hit a power line in early August. She traveled five hours by car to get to Avian Haven from the town of Madawaska, which is in the northernmost part of Maine, across the St. John River from Edmundston, NB. Many people assisted her along the way, but the woman helping with the release, Mary, had made the final relay, arriving quite late in the evening.

Madawaska spent a few weeks in the infirmary as her broken leg mended, and the whole time she was inside she ate very well and remained surprisingly calm. Once the bone had knitted, she became jumpy and we moved her outside. By last week she was flying magnificently, making perfect landings and still had a voracious appetite.

It was an honor and a great joy to send this beauty home to the sky, with my personal instructions to stay clear of people (and their stuff, including power lines). And off she goes .....


 Out of the crate (me in the t-shirt) ....  

              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1168outofthecrate_zps58f8b61f.jpg)
            

 Headed for the river ....

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1168headedfortreeline_zps3d1b7e38.jpg)


 Last glimpse ....  

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1168lastglimpse_zps11b03b08.jpg)


Fare well, Madawaska, beautiful eagle, I will remember you!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: passerine on September 29, 2014, 01:43:45 PM
Thank-you Gzebear for sharing these stories. It's wonderful they all get a second chance.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on September 29, 2014, 05:51:12 PM
Thank you Gzebear! Thank you to you and Avian Haven for all you do!
Totally amazing!!

:hearts2
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 07, 2014, 01:29:21 PM

BAEA 1300 PERRY
The last of our 2014-hatch eaglets was released on Sunday afternoon, at the same location on the Kennebec River as all the others, chosen by Maine's eagle biologist for its good fishing and because Bald Eagles of all ages tend to congregate there after nesting season (similar to the Hornby Island eagles going off to the salmon runs).

This youngster was rescued August 23 in Perry, Maine, weighing only 2.7 kg, less than 6 pounds. We built her up gradually from tubed fluids to fish 'smoothies' to easy-to-digest foods and then on to the real thing. She can put away some food now!

She was released along with a second-year bird from Dixfield but the photos of Dixfield were just a blur. Here is Perry's release ...


Out ....

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1300PerryRelease1_zps70cc2c6e.jpg)


Up ....

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1300PerryRelease3_zps6cfd3e83.jpg)


And away ....

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1300PerryRelease5_zps8bdf0008.jpg)


It was a big year for eaglets at Avian Haven. Perry is the 8th (and last! phew!) of our this-year youngsters to be released.

       Fly free and far, live long and healthy, have babies, eat fish and soar high, all you beautiful beings!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on October 07, 2014, 03:48:49 PM
Good work, gze  :thumbup:  
I see that Perry is banded - are you able to band all of your eagles?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: MaggiesMom on October 07, 2014, 05:09:29 PM
Wonderful Gze! no internet for me today until I got on the train back to New York and I can't get video at all - so glad to see such a great young eagle!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: ivani on October 08, 2014, 01:49:43 PM
 :eclove
I love your stories. Thank GZE
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 08, 2014, 09:32:22 PM

Nancy, at the request of our State eagle biologist, all Bald Eagles leaving Avian Haven are banded, both State (red) and Federal (silver) bands.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 20, 2014, 09:56:11 AM

BAEA 1523 Brunswick
We had just released the last of our hatch-year eagles and soon admitted another. This youngster was found 'swimming' in a landfill retention pond. The landfill staff managed to scoop her out and keep her safe until a volunteer got there and transported her to Avian Haven. She arrived wet, dirty, weak and thin. We built her up from fluids to smoothies to solid food, and she is doing well. This is her intake photo ...


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1523inhospitalcage_zpscf8a617f.jpg)



And yes, Miss Brunswick had a bath!

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1523hasashower_zps6895c1d3.jpg)


She is now in Bart's Place, an outdoor cage that adjoins our big eagle cage. She has a voracious appetite! :nod2



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on October 20, 2014, 06:44:12 PM
I'm in love! What a face ♥

I thought this was a painting at first. She is where she needs to be. Thank you.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on October 20, 2014, 09:13:00 PM
So beautiful! Thank you to you and Avian Haven and all Rehabbers.

Hugs,
Rajame
:hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 21, 2014, 07:45:05 AM

Good News first!

BAEA 1523 "Miss Brunswick"

She's the youngster who dropped into a landfill retention pond and received a nice bath :ecsmile at Avian Haven. She was released November 9th.

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/Flyingoff2_zps88ff78b7.jpg)



And the Not-Good News, that people still need to hear about, if you haven't already ...

Last week, we received our first lead-poisoned eagle of the season, this beauty from Howland .....


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%2014-1603%20Howland/BAEA1603resting_zpsd9b72b1e.jpg)


Her intake x-ray revealed 4 pellets of lead shot in her gizzard, from eating something that had been shot with lead, with her blood lead level already elevated beyond the limits of our screening instrument.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%2014-1603%20Howland/HowlandBAEA1603intakeXR_zps7bfb3362.jpg)


Those four pellets were 10 times the lethal dose of lead for a Bald Eagle. Rehabbers immediately performed a gastric lavage, to flush the pellets from her digestive tract before they could do any more damage. I wasn't working that day, but I've been a part of this procedure several times and it is very intense.

Unfortunately, we didn't get her soon enough. She was standing the next morning, then her breathing became labored and her wings drooped, both signs of advanced lead poisoning. And a little later that day, she passed away, from acute lead poisoning.


Rest in Peace, Mom Howland. So sorry for the human folly that caused your untimely death.



Okay, more good news ...

SAW-WHET OWLS awwwww

This is one of two saw-whets who I will be releasing tomorrow evening. He has recovered nicely from a shoulder injury.


Day-time ...

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Night-time!

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I hope to get release photos but, well ..... they are quick little birds!

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on November 21, 2014, 08:16:09 AM
Thank you Gzbear for the updates, and I am so sorry for the loss of the beautiful eagle.. How senseless a loss..
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on November 21, 2014, 08:23:15 AM
Dear Gze,

Thank you for your update. Blessings to you and all the wildlife under care in Maine.

Take care of you too.

Hugs,
Rajame
:hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 21, 2014, 07:35:35 PM
I love the daytime/nighttime photos - hoping the release goes as planned and that you start to feel better!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on November 22, 2014, 07:19:16 AM
great work, (((gze)))
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 29, 2014, 05:52:09 PM
BAEA 1546 Grand Lake Stream - released!

An adult Bald Eagle was rescued October 22 in Grand Lake Stream, on the ground, feeling ill but uninjured. Fortunately it was not lead poisoning, and we still don't know what was ailing her. But with supportive care, she recovered just fine and was recently released!


Her intake photo - she had that blank stare for several days ....

(http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1546CompressedHead_zps9d8c48c4.jpg)


A couple weeks later, she is feeling much better!

(http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/BAEA1546onhighperch_zps1ae139c9.jpg)


She is soo ready to get out of that rehab place ...

(http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/GLSBAEAiscaughtpriortotransport_zps9dca74c3.jpg)


and ..... poof! she's gone!

(http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/justablurcomingout_zps60fbbf14.jpg)


Back among the trees ....

(http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/Perchedinatree_zps8d5d24af.jpg)


Farewell beautiful Mom GLS! Glad we could help! :nod2



release photos by her rescuer, Marie Roberts - thank you, Marie!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: OpieK on November 30, 2014, 05:58:07 PM
wonderful, (((gze)))
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on March 20, 2015, 02:11:03 PM
Some news from Avian Haven ....

It's been a rough winter here for birds, especially eagles, owls, hawks and ducks. 9 eagles were found with lead poisoning, presumably from feeding on coyote bait piles which are usually comprised of the remains from deer season. One eagle was dead on arrival, one is still with us and doing well, the other seven died within the first day or two. Such heartbreakers.


The solid deep-freeze temperatures and back-to-back blizzards resulted in a very heavy snow load that's still here, so hunting conditions have been and still are extremely difficult for owls. Several Northern Saw-whets and close to 50 Barred Owls have been admitted since the first of December. We still have about 20 owls in outdoor cages, waiting until it is safe to be released.

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/owls%20sunbathing%20%20in%20Payne%20March%2013_zpstz0shyiy.jpg)



BDOW 168 Knox
A recent admission was a young male Barred Owl who was discovered in the middle of the night in a cow barn. The farmer was awakened by the commotion and found the owl on the floor of the barn, surrounded by cows. In addition to a broken ulna, this guy was completely saturated with wet cow manure!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/BDOW%20168%20Admission%20for%20FB_zpsgopmzgje.jpg)



               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/BDOW%20168%20Close%20up%20of%20back_zpsf3jdzmfw.jpg)



We gave him a quick spritz bath and cleaned his face, then settled him into an ICU to rest. Later, when he had somewhat recovered from his ordeal, he had a nice bath …


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/Washing_zpswgzwnabw.jpg)



He's doing quite well now - in a regular hospital cage, looking much better, eating on his own - and the wing fracture has good prospects for mending.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Barred%20Owls/BDOW%20Out%20of%20ICU%203.15%20for%20FB_zpslk97hfyd.jpg)



Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on March 20, 2015, 07:27:57 PM
Thanks gze for an update from Avian.  This winter has been so difficult obviously for the critters as much as us people.  Always love the "lines" of owls you post.  I found the series of BDOW 168 Knox interesting...from total misery to the almost "relaxing" expression in the tub once the yuk was washed off to the almost "smiling" expression in the last photo.

As always, thank you and Avian Haven for all that they do for the wild birds.  As hard as it is to hear of the loss, I am always inspired by those that make it with the Center's help.
  :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on July 29, 2015, 11:33:07 AM
Summer 2015

After a very stressful winter overflowing with young hungry Barred Owls, Avian Haven is experiencing an even more stressful summer. Our case load for 2015 is over 1400 birds already. Last year on July 25, we had just admitted case #1000. Over 400 more birds – so far!

The majority these past few months have been young songbirds, but we have also seen a record number of young raptors. Here are eight of the 13 young American Kestrels admitted to Avian Haven this year:


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/American%20Kestrels/FB%20Eight%20young%20kestrels%20in%20Gracies%20nest%20box_zpslcwzjp1z.jpg)


We are very fortunate to have an extraordinary foster mom for these babies. Her name is "Gracie" and she doesn't seem to mind having her nest box full of new kestrel babies to care for!

Gracie, with one of her foster kids …


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/American%20Kestrels/FB%20Gracie%20and%20young%20kestrel_zpsxld24twx.jpg)


In addition to the kestrels, we still have 15 Barred Owls, 3 Great Horned Owls, a Red-tailed Hawk, 10 Broad-winged Hawks (9 juvies, 1 adult), 2 Merlins, 3 ravens and 9 crows. What all these birds have in common is that they all eat mice!

In past years, even with this number, we could probably have managed just fine. Avian Haven has for years been the grateful recipient of large donations of mice from two different labs. But one of the labs has closed, the other has significantly decreased production, and we are now faced with purchasing nearly all of the mice we require to care for these raptors and corvids. Right now, they are eating about 175 mice a day, at 70 cents apiece. Can you say OMG? It's really very scary. 

Avian Haven receives no government funding. Our operating expenses are paid through donations. I'm hoping some of you can help us out. A case of mice is around $800, and lasts about a week right now. The little kestrels and merlins don't eat much, but the Great Horned Owls will eat 10 mice apiece - every day. I am trying to garner support through our Facebook page, but fund-raising is not really one of my stronger skills. I think everyone wants to help, but I seem to lack the words to inspire action.

You can donate safely online here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Avian-Haven (http://www.razoo.com/story/Avian-Haven)

You can also see the Wish List I've made, which includes where to mail a check if you prefer (CADs are fine, don't know about other countries): http://www.facebook.com/notes/avian-haven/avian-haven-wish-list/659246050818046 (http://www.facebook.com/notes/avian-haven/avian-haven-wish-list/659246050818046)

Everyone always says, "If everyone just gave a dollar … " It's true. Many small donations make for one large donation. There is no amount too small to be appreciated (or too large to be put to good use!). I would love to help provide the hard-working rehabbers at our wonderful center with the assurance that we will have mice to feed these raptors and corvids until they are ready to return to their rightful place in the wild.

A huge thank you to all who will help us get through this mind-bogglingly busy season!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Great%20Horned%20Owls/GHOW%20chick%20and%20adult%20for%20FB_zpswui7my9m.jpg)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on August 31, 2015, 10:19:09 AM
Bald Eagle releases 8/29/15

We released two young Bald Eagles together recently. One was a three-year-old who had been with us since June, after being hit by a car. Her fractured radius healed well, and off she went.

The other was this youngster, who had been rescued from a not-good situation. He had apparently fledged prematurely into the territory of a young woman who thought it was cool to have an eaglet for a friend. She knew nothing of the dangers of habituation and spent a few days hanging out with the youngster, bringing him fish, talking to him, etc., until someone realized what was happening and alerted us. He has been in the company of other eagles, young and adult, for the last couple months, with very little (and strictly professional) human contact. We felt he was good to go, so off he went too!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%2015-1049%20Readfield/FB%20BAEA%201049%20Release%203_zpspwbctka2.jpg)

               Wild and free!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 31, 2015, 06:23:26 PM
Just Lovely. Look at that tail!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: jeavverhey on September 01, 2015, 06:14:45 AM
It is so easy to  want to be friends with wildlife as they are so innocent, and young ones too trusting for their own good. There needs to be more and better public education around the harm it does. Bravo Avian Haven and all rehabbers.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 14, 2015, 10:17:57 AM
Fledgling Bald Eagles .... two out, two in.

Saturday, we released two more fledgling Bald Eagles that were rescued in late July. They both flew off beautifully strong, back into their wild lives.


This one was fished out of a river ...

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/FB%20BAEA%201282%20Release%202%20Terry%20Heitz_zpsp4yhleyy.jpg)




In the past week, we have admitted two more starving youngsters. They could be siblings as they were found on the same island, a few days apart. (I currently have a busted knee, or I would have taken the call on these babies.) The first one, rescued on Thursday, is doing much better; the second one, rescued yesterday, is still alive. Please hold these sweet youngsters in your hearts.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/FB%20BAEA%201859%202_zpsmwvv3070.jpg)



               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/BAEA%201887%20admission_zpsesnaevuy.jpg)



I have been wondering what may have happened to their parents that these two are both in this emaciated condition. We have had so many lead-poisoned eagles in the past year that I wonder if their parents may have been exposed to lead - not enough to completely debilitate them but enough to cause neglect of their babies. Any thoughts from eagle experts on parent neglect? I understand that mercury has been linked to parent neglect in Common Loons.



For updates on the Islesboro Island eaglets: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian-Haven/381894018553252)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on September 18, 2015, 11:57:33 AM
I'm happy to report that both of the Islesboro Island fledglings are doing fine! This is the first one, admitted September 10, now in an outdoor habitat, eating well, slowly putting on some weight ...


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The second youngster, admitted September 13, is still in the infirmary. We're quite sure the first one is female, based on her size. This one we think may also be female, but we'll have a better guess with weight gain. He/she has just finished parasite treatment, is now eating solid food, trashing our hospital cage, and will join his/her sister outside soon ....


                (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/FB%20BAEA%201887%20Perching_zps72gxmr9n.jpg)



Thanks for holding these two in your hearts and for your kind words of support on our Facebook page. I've set up an album for these kids, since they'll be with us for awhile yet: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.894094740666508.1073741882.381894018553252&type=3 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.894094740666508.1073741882.381894018553252&type=3)

 :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on October 04, 2015, 12:18:06 PM
Thank you for the update. This is good news.

How's your knee? :hearts
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on October 25, 2015, 11:22:06 AM
Islesboro 1 - released!

Sunday, October 18, was release day for the first of the Islesboro Island youngsters. She had nearly doubled her weight since intake (from 2.6 to 4.7 kg), was flying strongly, eating well ... ready to go! The release took place on the property of Avian Haven volunteers, overlooking the lower Kennebec River. Coincidentally, they was hosting a retreat for a group of Wabanaki people and their allies, which ended just about the time of the release. So this youngster was sent off with a circle of drumming and sacred song of healing, and the blessings of members of the Wabanaki Nation. I'm so happy I was able to be there!

There she goes ....


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/Release%201%20compressed%20not%20cropped_zpstrj3hxgu.jpg)


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/Release%203%20compressed%20not%20cropped_zpsuuvaq0ot.jpg)



               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/FB%20BAEA%201859%20Release%203_zpsfdt5qp0a.jpg)



               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEAs%20Islesboro/FB%20BAEA%201859%20Release%205_zpsmdt2mepb.jpg)



Fly high, fly free, young one - glad we could help! May you live a long beautiful life ... with many healthy babies!


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: boodle317 on October 25, 2015, 01:32:06 PM
gorgeous release
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 26, 2015, 01:57:04 PM
Wonderful, GZE!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on October 26, 2015, 02:27:27 PM
Fantastic Gze!

I am happy to read about the release and really happy that you were there!!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 16, 2015, 08:12:05 AM
Michael Boardman of Coyote Graphics, a small Maine business, has spent his life drawing pictures of wildlife. His bird designs are simply beautiful. And Michael has just decided to do a fund-raiser for Avian Haven!


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Screen%20Shot%202015-11-15%20at%205.19.21%20PM_zpsm8kgul3y.png)



For the next 10 days, ending Wednesday, November 25, Coyote Graphics will donate $5 to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom, Maine, for every bird shirt sold. Please visit his website and see for yourself how beautiful these shirts are. The Raven was new this Fall, and the Snowy Owl design is the newest addition. I have some of these shirts already and will say they really are beautiful in fabric, style and design.

Here's the link to Michael's "For The Birds" page: http://coyotees.com/category/for-the-birds (http://coyotees.com/category/for-the-birds)

I hope he sells a thousand shirts in the next ten days!  :nod2


ps. I see he does his international shipping through his Etsy shop, here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoyoteesMaine (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoyoteesMaine)

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on November 16, 2015, 10:00:42 AM
These are beautiful Gze! I see one under our tree soon!

:hug
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: jeavverhey on November 16, 2015, 12:29:06 PM
I second that Raj.  Lovely style and design.  I will also look into ordering.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 25, 2015, 06:32:00 AM

Rajame and Jeav, thank you for your support! Today is the last day of this generous offer by Coyote Graphics. They have sold quite a few shirts in the past ten days - good for them, good for us, good for all the lucky people who will have one of these beautiful shirts!

Still time ..... www.coyotees.com (http://www.coyotees.com) ...  :nod2

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 25, 2015, 10:44:39 AM

We released Mom Dedham yesterday. She was rescued October 5 after she was hit by a car - twice. Her main injury was a broken beak. Just the tip was broken, rehabber Marc Payne trimmed and reshaped the beak, and after a few weeks recovery, she was able to tear apart the toughest meat that we offered her.

Aislinn Sarnacki, a reporter for the Bangor Daily News, took a nice slo-mo video of the release:

 https://bangordailynews.com/video/bald-eagle-released-in-dedham-slow-motion/
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Rajame on November 25, 2015, 11:34:10 AM
Fantastic! Mr Raj and I watched the video a few times. Incredible footage too.

BTW, Gze! The shirts are fantastic. We ordered ours and they arrived in record time. Love love love them!

:hearts
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Snookums on November 27, 2015, 11:22:21 AM
Love the t-shirt designs advertised on the Coyote Graphics website! 

Just sent an email to Coyote Graphics' Customer Service Department... 

Has your company extended its Avian Haven Benefit T-Shirt Sale beyond the past cut-off date of November 25, 2015?
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Snookums on November 27, 2015, 12:07:33 PM

Gzebear, check out this print listed in Michael Boardman's Etsy shop.  Thank you for providing Michael's Etsy shop's link.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/257416745/bald-eagle-watercolor-print-by-michael?ref=shop_home_active_8 (https://www.etsy.com/listing/257416745/bald-eagle-watercolor-print-by-michael?ref=shop_home_active_8)


These prints are also to my liking...

http://www.coyotees.com/product/ocean-diversity-print (http://www.coyotees.com/product/ocean-diversity-print)

http://www.coyotees.com/product/biodiversity-puzzle-print (http://www.coyotees.com/product/biodiversity-puzzle-print)



 
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on November 30, 2015, 04:27:24 AM

thanks for the links, Snookums ... I love them all! Especially having met Michael Boardman and knowing what a kind gentle person he is, I would love to have one of his prints. (already have a few shirts!) 


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on December 25, 2015, 09:49:42 AM


Golden Eagle
We have another Golden Eagle in our care, only the second GOEA we've had. Like the first one a couple years ago, this beauty was just passing through on migration from further north. (There are no known Golden Eagle nests in Maine or New Hampshire.) She was transferred from a New Hampshire rehabber by NH Fish & Game. She arrived with lead poisoning but after one round of chelation therapy, her blood lead level is already close to zero. She's eating very well on her own now ... and a lot! (I think she's wearing a bit of her breakfast)

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/GOEA%202015/2%20GOEA%20face%20close%20copy_zpsbtxlfdbm.jpg)


In other news, Michael Boardman of Coyote Graphics donated $700 to Avian Haven from his t-shirt fundraiser! :nod2 Enough to buy a thousand mice!


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Avian Haven is staffed by our directors today so other staff members could be home for Christmas. Please remember rehabbers when you think of people who work on Christmas and every other day.  :s*




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 07, 2016, 08:01:10 AM
BAEA 1 Union

Most years, I'm not one to engage much in the usual New Year's Eve activities, preferring a good night's sleep to late night partying. But this New Year's Eve was an eventful one. Hubster Abe and I rescued this beautiful bird:


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%202016-1%20Union/BAEA%2016-1%20Hospital%20Cage_zpsoenttoi3.jpg)


It was late in the day when we got the call from a game warden, and we're half an hour away from the town of Union, so by the time we got there, it was close to dark. Meanwhile, a Sheriff's Deputy had just happened to notice her in the small park by a lake where the game warden had directed us. The deputy watched her while she sat on a low branch of a tree, then when he approached she took off clumsily and did a nose-dive into the lake. She managed to swim ashore further south, and he set off on foot after her. When we arrived at the park, there was no eagle in sight, but the deputy's cruiser was there, engine running. I found her tracks in the snow, and his, and surmised that he was following her so we followed his tracks. When they ended at a roadway, I called the game warden who made contact with the deputy and alerted him to our presence.

We met up with the deputy and he led us to where he had last seen her – at the bottom of a gravel pit with steep 50-foot walls on three sides, the fourth side opening out to the lake. Local residents had come out to see what was happening, and they kept an eye on her until we got there.

Because I'm still recovering from a knee injury, I stayed on top with a flashlight lantern while Abe and two others went down the hill to capture her. He had never rescued an eagle before but had seen me do it, so I gave him my gloves and towel and talked him through the process. It was dark, she was at the bottom of the pit, and I was shining a light directly on her. Not nice, I know, but it had the effect I had hoped for - she just closed her eyes and hunkered down, making it easier for them to get close enough to put a net over her. There was considerable jumping around as she tried to make a getaway, but they secured her, then Abe gathered her up and carried her out. I met them partway with a carrier. As I was headed down the hill with the carrier, I noticed that the people who lived there had a sled! It was one of those huge things, and the carrier fit perfectly in it. Needless to say, "Union" did not particularly enjoy the sled ride, but it helped immensely in getting her up out of the pit and into my car.

Because it was late, New Year's Eve, the roads weren't in great condition, and it was an hour's drive to Avian Haven, we took her home with us where she spent the night. The next morning she and I made the trip to Freedom where she was the first admission of 2016.

It wasn't our first attempt to capture Union. She had evaded us a couple weeks earlier by flying into a river, swimming to the other side and setting off on foot through the woods as it got dark. She could only fly short distances but she was quite fast on foot. I saw no obvious sign of injury so we suspected lead poisoning at the time, and our suspicions were confirmed when we finally rescued her. Her blood lead level was beyond the range of our screening instrument. Fortunately, an x-ray showed no pieces of lead still remaining in her GI tract. She was also emaciated. We gave her fluids and began chelation therapy immediately. I was thrilled to be able to hold her during all these procedures.

After a few days of tube-feeding, she was given some small fish to eat which she devoured. She finished the first round of chelation yesterday, so they'll do another blood test tomorrow to see if her blood lead level has dropped to at least the range of our screening instrument. Meanwhile, she has a good appetite and is showing signs of improvement – more bright and alert every day.


Polishing off a large trout in 60 seconds flat …

              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%202016-1%20Union/BAEA%20eats%202_zpsxndob47o.jpg)



Please hold "Union" in your hearts – she is a love and has a special place in mine.




Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: linused on January 07, 2016, 04:35:58 PM
Thanks for this story Gze, Union is in good hands. Please give us an update on her progress.. She is a beautiful bird, speedy recovery Union
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: amazedbyeagles on January 07, 2016, 04:58:43 PM
Thank  you for the update!!!  Love hearing about your successes with the birds!!  Thank you for all you do!!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: NancyM on January 07, 2016, 07:16:18 PM
gze, what a stunning photo of the Golden Eagle!  I hope s/he and Union are doing well.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 07, 2016, 10:13:44 PM
Gze, thank you for telling us about Union's rescue and all you did.  I hope she'll completely recover and be able to return to the wild.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: jeavverhey on January 08, 2016, 01:49:46 AM
Thank you Gze and Hubster! :heart What a duo! Keep up the great work you do. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 08, 2016, 01:33:22 PM

Bald Eagle "Union" finished her first round of chelation therapy, and they drew blood again today. Her blood lead level is still beyond the upper limit of our screening instrument. We also got back the report from the diagnostic lab giving the level of lead in her blood when she was first admitted, which was quite far into the toxic range. She's alert and has a good appetite so it seems she will most likely survive, but there's a possibility that she may have permanent cardiac or neurologic deficits. That said, there are tremendous individual differences among eagles in lead tolerance, so I am still hopeful that she will make a complete recovery and return to her mate. Apparently he was there the day of her rescue, watching her, according to local residents.

They started a second round of chelation today, so we'll see how that goes. Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts. 

Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 16, 2016, 02:53:53 AM
BAEA 16-1 Union
"Union" finished her second round of chelation therapy, which brought her lead level down to just within the range of our screening instrument. It's still very high, so she's on a third round and will probably need a fourth. She's still alert, active, and eating well, not showing the usual symptoms of a lead-poisoned eagle. When I was there on Sunday, we moved her to an outdoor habitat in the Eagle Recovery compound, where she has more room to move and the company of other eagles in an adjacent cage.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%202016-1%20Union/FB%20BAEA%201%20Union%20Jan.%2014%20in%20Barts%20Place_zpss8xycm7u.jpg)
               "Union" - in Bart's Place                                  photo by Glori Berry, Avian Haven


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: linused on January 16, 2016, 12:59:11 PM
Really good news Gze,  thank you for the update. She looks magnificent
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 25, 2016, 06:55:47 AM

BAEA Bar Harbor, Maine - lead poisoning

We recently admitted another Bald Eagle with lead poisoning. This adult female was seen hitting and getting briefly entangled with a power line. It was a power line in her territory that no doubt she'd flown by hundreds of times. This time she hit it, likely due to the lead level we found which could have impaired her coordination. She suffered a large laceration in one wing, but the greater damage is to her foot. It appears that she may have received an electrical burn in that foot, as it is a different color and temperature than the other foot. We are still watching it, doing what we can to increase circulation and make her comfortable, while also chelating for the lead exposure. 

She is the fifth eagle with lead poisoning admitted to Avian Haven in the past three months.

               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/FB%20BAEA%2037_zpsbpgefg9z.jpg)


I posted her photo on Facebook yesterday, and the usual conversation about lead ensued: where are they getting it? from the water? from the fish? what can we do? why don't people care? etc., as I patiently answer the same questions with basically the same answers. The good news is that other people also answered some of the questions! which is a hopeful sign that we are getting somewhere in educating the public about this dreadful danger for eagles.

Please do what you can to help: contact your legislators and other high-up government officials; write letters to the local papers. Share this website with your friends who still hunt with lead or who leave gut piles for coyotes and other scavengers: www.huntingwithlead.org (http://www.huntingwithlead.org)  As with many States, making lead ammunition illegal in Maine is probably a long way off. But one thing that seems like it could be done fairly quickly is to regulate the proper disposal of the potentially toxic remains of all game killed with lead ammo - carcasses, gut piles, waste meat from game butchers, some of which is used as coyote bait. If we could keep this meat out of the field, the problem for eagles would pretty much disappear. 

Please hold this beauty in your hearts as our rehabbers work to save her life.

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Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 26, 2016, 03:48:50 PM
 :eccry   :heart   Thank you Gze for doing so much to help these gorgeous birds.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on January 30, 2016, 03:43:52 PM

Bald Eagle updates ...

I'm so sad to report that Bar Harbor mom did not survive her encounter with the power line, which was most likely a result of impaired coordination caused by lead poisoning. Her foot never regained circulation and it looked like her wing was going the same way. After discussion with State and Federal wildlife biologists, she was gently put to sleep.


"Union" however, the eagle rescued by the hubster and meself on New Year's Eve, is still with us. She finished the third round of chelation therapy which brought her lead level down quite a bit. It's not as low as we'd hoped to see it, so we'll re-test this weekend and she may have to do a fourth round. Meanwhile, she's flying fairly well, good landings, good appetite. She's not going for the high perches yet, but I have high hopes that, against all odds, she will make it.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%202016-1%20Union/FB%20BAEA%201%20Union%20starting%20to%20fly_zpsdtim5aed.jpg)
                                   photo by Glori Berry, Avian Haven (no, her feathers are not really blue!)


Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 09, 2016, 02:09:52 PM
Sad news from Bar Harbor  :eccry  Union does look good!
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on March 16, 2016, 08:34:55 AM


BAEA 114 Rockland
Another lead-poisoned Bald Eagle was admitted to Avian Haven this week. He had been reported Sunday afternoon, in a town about 10 miles away. By the time I got there he had flown off, and extensive search efforts were in vain. An onlooker had taken photographs and I could see from the picture and description of the eagle's behavior that it was probably another case of lead-poisoning. On Monday morning, we got another call. The same eagle was seen sitting on top of a huge pile of debris behind a big box store. When we arrived, he was still there. This pile of debris was about ten feet high and covered with old dried-up Christmas wreaths and trimmings from wild rose bushes, so it was a prickly climb to get to where I could capture him. He seemed exhausted and barely resisted my net. Diagnostics confirmed my assessment - lead poisoning, emaciation, severe debilitation. He is still alive but struggling for his life.


               "Rockland"
              (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Bald%20Eagles/FB%20BAEA%20114_zpsmvf8kxye.jpg)
                                                                             photo by Glori Berry, Avian Haven


The same day, another lead-poisoned eagle was also rescued after flying into a semi, but was dead on arrival. The high blood lead level had no doubt contributed to the accident.

And one more sad note ... and thank you all for allowing me to share ... the eagle we rescued on New Year's Eve, "Union", did not survive her encounter with lead.

After three rounds of chelation, she seemed to be doing so much better. But we began to see typical signs of brain damage from her massive lead exposure, and those symptoms suddenly and dramatically worsened in February. Loss of visual perception and sensory-motor coordination were obvious when she began flying into walls. After lengthy discussions with State and Federal raptor biologists, the consensus was that it would be unfair to keep her going in this unhappy condition. I visited her on February 29, and she was quietly put to sleep the following day.

Fly free with your angel-wings, sweet love ... I am so sorry.


               "Union"
               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/BAEA%202016-1%20Union/FB%20BAEA%201%20Union%20on%20a%20high%20perch_zps5oq52ghc.jpg)
                                                                               photo by Glori Berry, Avian Haven



Well, that's a lot of sad news. We did admit our first nestlings of 2016, these plump healthy little Rock Pigeons who were evicted from their nesting site. I guess that's not really good news. But the babies are doing well and will be cared for by foster pigeon parents.


               (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/FB%20ROPI%20109110_zpsqkhawi9s.jpg)


 :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on March 17, 2016, 10:49:50 AM
I love to follow the wonderful work that Avain Haven does but so often it is just horribly heart breaking to read.   :ecsad  However, thankfully you are able to report the successes that are made possible thanks to the dedication of many.  Thank you for all that you do to make these successes happen.
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: gzebear on March 17, 2016, 01:51:46 PM

Here's a cheer-up ...

Two juvenile Northern Saw-whet Owls were rescued in late November, both with eye injuries as a result of collisions. The two owls (female, based on weight) spent most of the winter together in an outdoor habitat while they recovered from their injuries. By the time they were ready for release, both owls were quite plump! We released them together a couple weeks ago.


                      (http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac81/gzebear/Avian%20Haven/Saw-whet%20Owl/NSWOs%2015-2120%20and%202128%20%20blue%20band_zpsid5gd5qz.jpg)
                                                                             photo by Glori Berry, Avian Haven


 :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: birdvoyer on March 17, 2016, 05:21:24 PM
 :thumbup: Yay!  Wishing them a wonderful life in the wild. :heart
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: Cawatcher on March 17, 2016, 08:53:39 PM
 :biggrin3 Wonderful Gzebear
Title: Re: Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (Maine)
Post by: jeavverhey on March 18, 2016, 05:58:07 AM
Sweet little owls. Great news Gze. Thank you for what you do and for keeping us posted.