Ironside Bird Rescue, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation for the rehabilitation of wild injured and orphaned birds.
49 Road 2DAW, Cody, WY 82414 307.527.7027 Photo by S. Huston
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Some amazing news and some sad news. This past week I drove to between Cody and Powell to pick up a bird that had hit a window. When I got there and saw the bird I first thought it was a very small Prairie Falcon. I was wrong, it is a big adult female Merlin. The difference is that she is called a Prairie Merlin. It's a different color phase of the species. She suffered some head trauma and wasn't able to stand altho she could move her legs, feet and wings.
The sad news is that she just died. I had very high hopes for her recovery as she ate wonderfully this morning. I had to cut up her quail and hand the small pieces to her but she readily ate them.
Born in Downers Grove, IL, I moved to Cody in 1981 after living in Boulder, CO for many years. As I enjoyed the outdoors and spent many weeks up in Wyoming going on horsepacking trips with friends, I decided to move here. I started Ironside Bird Rescue in 1987 after finding an orphaned Starling baby that had fallen out of its nest near my house. One thing led to another and after all these years the facility now has many different sized mews and flight barns for the exercise of raptors so they will be strong enough for release. I live in a 130+ year old log cabin with a corgi mix dog, her mother, a purebread corgi, a couple cats and many birds in a free flight aviary attached to the house. I'm now retired from a "real job". Along with rehabbing birds, I spend a lot of hours volunteering at our local Buffalo Bill Historical Center in the graphics department.