Sunday, January 24, 2010

We have Northern Goshawks

The above immature Northern Goshawk came to us a couple weeks ago with a injured left wing. The bones at the wing tip are fractured. It's not known right now if it will be releasable or not. The only thing we could do was immobilize the wing and let it heal.
If you noticed its crop it's getting plenty of quail. If you look at its expression on its face I don't think it minds.
This immature Northern Goshawk came in from PET ER over the weekend. It was found on the ground in Wasilla and the people brought it in for care. It caused quite a ruckus when it escaped from the technician that was checking it in. It got into the cat room, but fortunately the cat room was unoccupied.
It's in for observation. We believe it just knocked itself out flying into something. The tail guards are put on all goshawks, falcons, etc. to protect their tail feathers while in captivity until they are released. These guys use their tails like a rudder and make some really sharp turns with them. Damage to their tail feathers would delay their release until they molted.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Of Eagles and Waxwings

BE 10-003 came in late Saturday night from Kodiak. It was found with a fox leg trap attached to its left leg. I picked it up at Era Alaska with some fantastic help from their employee's. I took it to PET ER because it's hard to handle an eagle like this on your own and I didn't want to stir anyone out of their home knowing it would be a late nighter.

Dr. Doty had stayed late to help out. She and her staff are big supporters of Bird TLC. We took x-rays and confirmed it was broke. It's a clean break. The plan was to stabilize it for the night and make plans tomorrow on when to operate. I took it to Bird TLC and bedded it down.

Dr. Riddle, one of Bird TLC volunteer D.V.M.'s, came in early Monday morning to check 003 out and maybe operate. At that time the foot was cold and there is no reaction to the pinch. He stabilized it and returned it to his mew. We'll check on it in a couple days. Hopefully we have something better to report.

It's the Bohemian Waxwing season. They're out flocking around, running into things and sometimes eating too many fermented berries. We have several visiting with us for a little while.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cindy checks off on Hal the bald eagle

Cindy checked off on Hal the bald eagle on January 7. Hal has been with Bird TLC since 1989. He's a victim of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Disaster. Cindy is our Director of Avian Care and Education. I know both will do some awesome presentations together.
This picture was taken during Cindy and Hal's dry run presentation. I wasn't able to attend the actual check off presentation due to Red going on a vacation.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

He's back

With the help of local falconer Eric Fontaine, Red is back at home at Bird TLC in his mew. Red had escaped almost a week ago, and it's been a hand full trying to get him back. The first few days we spent chasing sightings and the we found what he was calling his new home. We were able to stake it out, but Red was good at robing our traps. Eric helped out with his equipment and experience and that's what it took.

Thanks to Channel 2 News for broadcasting our alert, PET ER for screening all sightings and forwarding them on, all of the volunteers who joined in the search, Diane who spotted him in his new home, everyone who called and especially Eric.

Welcome home RED!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How about a transfussion for lunch?

I was supposed to take my friend Britt to lunch at the Greek Corner. With all of the holiday stuff, she was sick for a bit and just things getting in the way, we hadn't done much together. Right before lunch time I got a call from Valarie at the TLC office about an eagle coming in from Kodiak. Cindy has been swamped trying to catch Red, getting EOY reports done and trying to get all things squared away so she could leave town for a week. Sure, I can go get it and bring it back to TLC and drop it off and head out to lunch. Fortunately I picked Britt up before the eagle.
We get to the clinic and Cindy starts the exam right away. The bird looks physically fine but is very pale and its mewts are discolored. Toxic reaction is suspected and is tube feed to neutralize whatever it might have taken in. Blood is taken and it's found to be extremely anemic. A transfusion is lined up.

Did I mention Britt is taking the photo's? It don't look like we're going to make it to the Greek Corner today. Thanks for a friend who understands and actually gets to join in.
Blood is taken from an immature in rehab. It wasn't a happy participant. Britt is then recruited to help out because we've run out of hands. The transfusion is given to our new patient. He's given a clean mew, water and lunch. He's being monitored and blood will be taken and tested again in a few days to see if what was going on is still going on.
Time is up. I need to get back to my real job and Britt has an appointment to go to. That was lunch I guess. Hopefully when we get to reschedule, we get to go to the Greek Corner.
For more pictures of our lunch, check out Britts website.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Red is on the loose

by Channel 2 News staff
Monday, January 11, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- There have been lots of calls and lots of sightings, but Red is still on the loose.

The red tailed hawk escaped Thursday night from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center. Red is an education bird and while he can fly, he can't take care of himself in the wild.

There have been multiple sightings around town of a hawk with leather straps across his ankles.

He appears to be spending most of his time in trees along the New Seward Highway near the Dimond exit, but so far no one's been able to catch him.

If you see Red, contact the Pet Emergency Center at 274-5636 and they will contact staff at Bird TLC.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The first of the year 10-001

This Bohemian Waxwing came to Bird TLC from PET Emergency after someone had dropped it off. It was found on ground not flying and being attacked by other birds. During exam nothing sufficient was found wrong (NSF). A number of things could have happened from flying into something, fermented berries, your guess is as good as ours. This time of year we get a few of these berry bandits. They get to spend a few warm days with us inside and we fill them full of berries that volunteers picked and stored early in the season.

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