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2019
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:14:46 PM »

HEART rescues in 2019

Thank you to our Hornby first responders!


January 17

  • An Eagle is spotted down at the side of the road. The story can be read HERE.

January 23

  • A fella drops by & tells me about an Orca stranded on the beach at Grassy Point! The story can be read HERE.


May 8

  • An Eagle behaving strangely on the beach in front of Seawright Road & then a Barred Owl injured & found down in the woods! The stories can be read HERE.


May 9

  • i get a call about an exotic coloured Bird that i do not recognize! The story can be read HERE.


June 1

  • Opossum babies are found covered in ticks! The story can be read HERE.



June 1

  • mishi is visiting & we get home late to a phone message that a Fawn has been hit by a car! The story can be read HERE.


June 7

  • Another Fawn is spotted in danger, wandering on the main road! The story can be read HERE.

June 7

  • A Bird is found on the main road, acting as though they have been hit by a car! The story can be read HERE.


June 9

  • An injured Canada Goose is spotted in the orchard of Heron Rocks! The story can be read HERE.


June 25

  • Our first Seal pup of the year, one who is premature! The story can be read HERE.


June 25

  • i get a message about a fledgling Robin who can*t fly! The story can be read HERE.


July 4

  • My next door neighbour brings me a tiny tiny Hummer. The story can be read HERE.
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Re: 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 02:23:46 PM »
 
Was still sipping coffee in my nightgown when the phone rang.
i was expecting it to be my brother, so when the woman said she was Charlie from NIWRA, it took me a bit to snap out of my confusion.
Turns out it was Tawny from NIWRA.
She is the sister in law of my Hornby friend.
She used to do a lot for the Saltspring rescue, IWNCC, even though she lives on Vancouver Island.
Now she is the Animal Care Manager for NIWRA.
She approached me at a thanksgiving meal being held at the Community Hall, to ask if i would be her Hornby go-to person.
i said, of course i would.
The first call i got from them was about the Raven down.
You can read that post HERE.
So, Tawny was calling me to see if i would go check out an Eagle that was spotted down beside the road near Phipps Point.
i said of course i would.
i called Aaron, he said he*d come over, then i gathered the rescue gear.
i had some time to putz around in the yard til he showed up.
We loaded the gear in his truck & headed down there.
He was already pulled over next to the road, just before Phipps Point, & i could see the neighbours who had spotted the Eagle, walking towards us.
One of them spotted the Eagle near the new house over to our left.
So, the four of us went in, one wearing good long gloves, two with towels, & one with the big net.
Aaron was game to do the capture.
He went up behind the Eagle with the net.
Us three were to circle around & distract from the front.
The Eagle was not budging an inch from where they were.
We all got within ten feet of the Eagle when suddenly the Eagle bolted to my left & away from Aaron.
We almost trapped them up against a shed, but they bolted into the blackberry bushes at the last minute.
The two guys dove in there as the Eagle tried to go in there deeper.
After a bit of a struggle, Aaron was able to wrap the Eagle in a towel.
He said the Eagle was very light & put up very little struggle.
They were making a bit of a growly noise, which i have never heard before.
We all walked back to Aaron*s truck in which he*d put the kennel that i*d lined with a towel & covered with a blanket, ahead of time, with the door open, ready to go.
Eagle is in the kennel now.
Yay.
We called NIWRA & Tawny answered & was thrilled we*d captured the Eagle.
Aaron was heading into town tomorrow anyway, so he was willing to go today instead, to bring the Eagle in right away.
He asked if it was okay to bring the Eagle to MARS instead, & Tawny said that would be fine.
So, Eagle & Aaron were on the noon ferry & should be at MARS by now.
Here are some assessment fotos i took.
This Eagle is in the last phase of sub-adulthood.
 
january 17 2018 11:13 - Eagle down near Phipps Point
 


Checking out the shed & bushes to which they*d would run when we got too close.
 

 

 

 
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Re: 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 06:39:28 PM »
 
So, Joanne from MARS called me to get a bit more information about our Eagle.
She referred to her as she.
She weighed only 3.5 kg, & should weigh much more than that.
She definitely has something going on with her breathing, either trichomonas or aspergillosis.
So that is why she sounded like she was growling.
i have never heard that before.
They took a swab & are treating her for both.
If she can survive what is going on with the breathing, it will be easy to get her weight back up.
She is getting extra oxygen piped into her cage.
She was given a tubing of the stuff to kick start her crop.
Joanne says they are getting other Eagles with this symptom.
This Eagle was number 016 & we*re only halfway through january.
She said that there are a lot of hungry Eagles at MARS.
People on Hornby are seeing 30-50 Eagles feeding on a dead Sea Lion in Helliwell Park right now.
wooohoooo!

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Re: 2019
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2019, 06:37:14 PM »
Someone just sent me this link from CHEK News.
The video part has an obvious mistake. It makes it sound as if the eagle that Booni and Aaron rescued yesterday was Mom Hornby, or Em!
We of course know that this rescued eagle is a sub-adult and has not 'bred for many years'; also she was found at Phipps Point.

The video shows nice views of that eagle, and gives us the strange respiratory sounds of two different eagles affected by this respiratory disease. One of the sounds is the strange growl that Booni described.

Click here to see the video and accompanying article.


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Re: 2019
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2019, 07:49:34 AM »
 
So, our poor rescued Eagle was diagnosed with lead poisoning, & died sunday night some time...
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Re: 2019
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 09:57:38 PM »
Sadly.   Sorry the eagle didn't make it.
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Re: 2019
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2019, 02:40:53 AM »
 :mgritted grrrr use of lead  in shot, bullets, fishing gear (weights) is totally infuriating!  :eccry

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Re: 2019
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 03:25:13 AM »
Thank you for all you did for the eagle. It is heartbreaking to me that any wildlife suffers. As a human, knowing that she was with caregivers means that she suffered less than her path may have been without your help. Thank you with love, Rajame :hearts2
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Re: 2019
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2019, 07:24:20 AM »
So true Raj,  and yes Thanks for doing the best you could for her.  Also thanks for keeping us up to date and informing us on your rescues.  Very sad that they have to deal with lead in their food,  they are just trying to do what they do to find food.
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Re: 2019
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2019, 10:14:00 AM »
 
Okay, so somewhere in there was an Eagle rescue that i forgot to post about.
i was at work when a phone call came in for me, which was very surprising, since no one knows i*m there.
But it was my supervisor & she*d gotten word that they were looking for me on facebook about an Eagle that appeared injured on Seawright Road.
Turned out it was Marielle, from IWNCC, who*d gotten word about the Eagle.
Aaron went down there to capture, but the Eagle flew away.
i told him to keep the rescue gear, because i believed something was wrong with the Eagle.
They had been spotted down on the beach, & rather than fly away, they were clambering up the very steep bank & once they got there, they flew off.
So, that*s not normal.
Sure enough, a few days later, Aaron captured that Eagle a few doors down from that same spot.
i think there had been a dead Sea Lion there that the Eagles were eating.
Now i realize time has passed & i never heard what was going on with this Eagle or how they did, so i left a message for Aaron to see if he ever heard anything.

Now, last night.
i was sitting in my towel after my shower eating my lovely heated dinner when the phone rang.
(Of course!)
Apparently they were discussing an injured Barred Owl that a fella had found on a trail near the School.
They were thinking the Owl had been hit by a car & there was mention of a bloody injury on the breast, but this trail is quite a ways from the road.
People were mentioning my name there but i wasn*t on facebook to get those messages, so fortunately someone called me!
Then, while i was on the phone, the fella who*d found the Owl called me so i got the full details.
He said he*d looked up how to capture the Owl on youtube!
He said he*d petted the Owl, yikes, & picked them up in a towel & put them in a cardboard box but then the Owl was unhappy & ran off.
So he left the box & towels & called me.
Fortunately he told me which trail he*d been on, because, since it was being said that the Owl had been hit by a car, i assumed the Owl was on the trail next to the road, but in fact they were on the inland trail.
He told me 100 meters in, & i was worrying, because i was sure i*d already walked that far, but there was no sign of the box & towels.
Had i missed them?
i kept walking & fortunately spotted the two red towels & the cardboard box, finally.
Now, where was the Owl.
i looked about near the box & finally spotted the Owl in the Salal, eyes closed, all done in looking.
i searched for an easy way in but there wasn*t one.
i figured the Owl would bolt & i*d get tripped up by the Salal, but i walked slowly closer & the Owl did not move, just looked at me with those lovely luminous eyes.
Then i popped the towel over the head & there was no struggle til i picked the Owl up.
i could hear them clacking & feel their feet scrabbling, but they weighed next to nothing.
When i popped them in the towel in the box they fell over with just the weight of the towel & stayed that way.
Yikes.
i closed up the box & walked back to my van & when i got home transferred the poor thing into a proper kennel with a towel lining the bottom.
Even after i removed the cover towel, the Owl remained lying on their side.
Not good.
i covered the kennel with the other towel & left the kennel on my outside porch for the night.
i was sure the Owl would not make it through the night alive.
This morning i woke early & thought right away about the Owl.
Were they alive & could i arrange a trip to MARS for them?
So, that got me up & at *em.
When i checked, the Owl was alive & upright!
No clacking this time.
i put ads all over the Hornby facebook pages & yay! Aaron said he*d take the Owl right to MARS so yayyyyyyy!
i phoned & left a message about the Owl on MARS* answering machine so they can call me for details if need be.
wooohoooo!

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Re: 2019
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2019, 08:51:33 PM »
Thank you booni so glad you got it

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Re: 2019
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2019, 09:06:40 AM »
 
Okay, so i asked Aaron about the Seawright Eagle rescue & he gave me this foto, which i remember, but i don*t remember him telling me that this Eagle had lead poisoning & didn*t make it, darnit.
 
Eagle 016 - by Aaron
 

 

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Re: 2019
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2019, 09:18:58 AM »
 
& here is what Aaron said about the lovely Barred Owl.

And our friend today had a really bad broken wing and euthanized as was to damaged and to old of injury

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Re: 2019
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2019, 09:51:30 AM »
 
Wow, two days in a row.
Got a call late afternoon.
A fella had found a Bird on his lawn that couldn*t fly.
The left wing seemed injured, so likely a window strike.
He*d put the Bird in a glass aquarium & given him a dish of water & some worms & most of the worms got eaten!
He said this Bird looked like a young parrot, with yellow breast, yellow neck & red head, black wing coverlets.
i could NOT for the life of me figure out what Bird we had that was anything like that!
So i sure was curious to see.
i called him back & got his answering machine & described what i would do - line a small box with a towel & put the Bird in & close the lid & then get him to MARS.
When he called me back he told me what he*d done & said this was a male Western Tanager!
Right!
Well, they*d just been to town so he said he*d bring the Bird over to find a ride for.
He brought him in the glass aquarium & seemed disappointed that i didn*t want to keep him in that.  :mconfused
i had a small box ready with a towel in it so popped the Bird in there & closed the lid & accepted the leftover worms from the fella & assured him i*d keep him safe from cats & Opossums & rats over night.
i wanted to get a foto of him so i brought him inside & opened the lid & he quickly flapped out of the box & onto the rim & headed for the window!
So i nabbed him & closed him in again.
Then i got going on advertising on the Hornby facebook pages to get a ride for him.
Left him inside for the night & this morning i woke with the Birds & was trying to fall back asleep when i remembered the Tanager & that i still had no ride for him so that got me up.
Drat.
Everyone is commenting on how lovely he is but no one is offering to take him in!
Drat drat drat.
i used to drive down to the ferry lineup & beg for a ride in the line up but i hate doing that!
It is nice when people see my request & then offer.
Yesterday i had three offers, now today i have none!
& i had all evening for people to see the post & offer.
Worry worry worry.
& then someone offered!
Yay!
& she is going for the 10 ferry!
What a relief!
She just came by.
i offered her gas money but she refused.
i explained to her about asking at Buckely Bay where you buy your tickets & show how she is transporting wildlife, to get her ferries covered.
It worked for Aaron yesterday.
Maybe i*ll call them there & give them a heads up that she is coming, that might help.
It worked!
Yay!
She is retired & is going to town just to take the Tanager to MARS & offered to do this again for me!
Wow, wow, wow!
 
may 8 2019 18:14 - injured male Western Tanager
 

 

 
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Re: 2019
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2019, 10:06:49 AM »
Great news!