Thursday, September 13, 2007

No shortage of raptors

BE 07-36 came to Bird TLC from Lake Louise where it had collided with a bush plane, the prop to be exact. Today it's trying to sit on perch, but it did have a partial left wing amputation on Monday. It also suffered some internal injuries.

07-438 Snowy Owl came to TLC from Barrow where it was a suspected car hit. X-rays today didn't show anything broken, but he's still shook up. Possible head trauma. R&R, rest and rats for a few days and we'll see how he acts. By it's coloring and size we think its about a 3 year old male.

The Northern Goshawk, I don't have it's log number, came from Homer. After x-rays today it was decided to report it to USF&W Law Enforcement. We believe it was shot in flight. Chances are good that it will recover.

The songbird count for the year is down but the raptor count is up. Walking around the clinic today there were 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Goshawk, 3 Merlins, 1 Short Eared Owl, 1 Great Gray Owl, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Raven, 1 Gyrfalcon, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Pine Grosbeak , 1 Redpoll and 1 Black Capped Chickadee.

5 comments:

Susan Gets Native said...

Wait a minute.
Snowy Owl 07-4 3 8 ?
As in Four Hundred and Thirty Eight?
Holy sh*t.
I have never even SEEN a snowy.
It seems that, like wealth, snowy owls are not distributed evenly in the world.

Dave said...

Susan - he's the 438th bird taken in at TLC this year besides eagles. Eagles are recorded seperately. We don't get many Snowy's. We only got 3 last year. He did come from the Snowy capital, Barrow.

LauraHinNJ said...

Busy place, Dave! Is that the redpoll pictured?

Dave said...

It is Laura. That is the Redpoll. It came in as a baby bird and is being released really soon.

Susan Gets Native said...

Ah.
I was gonna say!