Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Thin isn't in for this bird
It was a lucky day today for MINNIE, this stunning immature female Northern Harrier. She would have starved to death in the next couple of days had she not been found by a caring person. As a female she should weigh 14-21 ounces, she came in at 8 ounces.
She would have been one of the 80% of baby birds not surviving their first year but now she has a fighting chance. She immediately started eating the mouse I gave her and by the time I got back with my camera she was ready for a second one.
Her wings are droopy due to weak muscles as her xrays show no breaks at all. At this point all MINNIE needs is lots of good quaility groceries and the chance to build up her flight muscles.