Saturday, May 31, 2014
I made the decision to bring the baby back as he'd fallen about 20' and seemed a bit hurt in that he wasn't opening his eyes and there appeared to be some bruising around them. I got some cut up mouse pieces down him tonight and he's in a small crate on a heat source, hopefully he'll make it through the night.
If he does and is strong enough I have a plan to repair the existing nest with a large wooden woven basket and give him back to his parents. Right now our weather is iffy with rain storms predicted so the plan many not happen. We'll play it by ear and see if HUIT can be sent home.
As you can see in the post mortem photos, there are singed feathers near his beak and both his upper and lower eyelids are bruised and burned. Such a waste when it could be prevented by putting covers over certain wires on the transformers. The power company will be notified and they will be required to do just that.
This is the seventh baby GHO I've received in the past couple weeks. So far five have survived, one already released and the others will also go back to the wild when they're ready.
Friday, May 30, 2014
First it was the six Black-capped Chickadees, now these seven magpies. Not all the mouths are open in the photo but they certainly were when I put the camera down and picked up their food dish. When they're old enough I'll return them to the area they came from as it must be very good for magpies to live and breed.
UPDATE: Tuesday, 6/10. All the babies have been released in an awesome spot. There's lots of trees, grass, a nice stream and lots of places for them to live. And within about 15 seconds of their release an adult came by to say hello. It didn't hurt them, just checked them out and flew off.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
This egg is 2 3/8" long and as you can see rather dark colored with darker spots and swirls. I'm not sure it is viable but the egg is now in my incubator and will stay there for a while to see what happens. Either hatch, explode or just sit there. I've candled it but am not sure what I'm seeing other than the yolk. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A bit more flying time and some hunting lessons and they'll all be ready to leave on the journey of their lives, into their future.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Unknown to them, until just about the time they arrived here, the birdhouse was full. I met them and could barely get my hand inside this tiny house. What came out are these six babies. There is one very small one, in the center, the others are all about the same size. Because they hadn't been fed for so long I gave them each some Ringer's and 5% dextrose for dehydration and then some yummy (to them) mealworms. They are very small but each one of them quickly gaped for food.
Hopefully they will make it and I know the perfect yard to release them in. Mine won't work, chickadees don't come here, but the Neal yard has everything they would wish for.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I met his parents when we all lived in Boulder, CO and boarded horses at the same stable. His mom, Linda, and Ian, moved back to her hometown when Ian was just a few weeks old. She has traveled to Cody for a visit a couple times and I've been down there once. I may take the plunge and make another trip south this Fall depending on bird circumstances. I always have to plan around them.
I have very few flowers growing in the ground but right now two of my trees are just beautiful. The top one is a Canada Red Cherry I saved from being destroyed when a new building was under construction. It came from Katie Brown's place and is the only tree saved when the bank went in.
The lower tree is the apple tree just outside my front door. With the horrible start to Spring this year I doubted it would get any blossoms but as you can see, it came through. I never get any of the apples, the magpies or wind knocks them down and then the dogs eat what's left.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The next morning she was able to stand for a short time and even walk in her odd shoes. Her trip to the vet for xrays was very enlightening as they showed she has seven lead pellets in her stomach. That is the most dangerous place for them as the acid will leach the lead out and send it through her bloodstream.
Today, Sunday, she's even better. Hopefully the venison and elk meat I'm feeding her will work through her system and carry the pellets out of her body. In the meantime she'll continue the EDTA shots, six per day, until tomorrow morning then another xray will tell us if the lead has passed through.
This is just another reason to ban lead bullets. She wasn't shot but she apparently consumed the pellets from a dead animal/bird that was left in the field.
KEN is on antibiotics and he'll go into Dr. Blessing on Monday for xrays to make sure there are no broken bones. He's been a quiet bird and takes his mice from the end of my forceps. Hopefully he'll heal well enough and have strength in that wing for flight.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
We went back to the area where they were found but no adults or nest site were seen. Therefore, they will remain here in the care of the resident adult owls.
They have two foster moms, SMIDGE and her roomie who raised two babies last year and did an awesome job. When the babies are older and about fledged they will all go back into the owl habitat so they'll have room enough to fly around and make strong muscles so they'll survive back in the wild.
These photos show me smiling as he was a handful taking out of the crate and getting gathered up enough to release. Then it took a minute to get him on a branch open enough to hold him. The portrait is the best as he's sitting there with the confidence of a born Great Horned Owl. The final photo is a long shot from the bridge showing him in the tree. His mom is in one about two trees farther away.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
They are in good condition, both weigh 24 ounces to CHOMP's 38 ounces. They will stay here under the watchful eyes of foster mom, SMIDGE, until they're ready for release in a perfect habitat.
He's a bit thin but not starving. I don't know how many siblings he has, probably at least one or two. So far he's eaten five mice at a sitting and seems to be very hungry even after all that. As his parents were seen in the vacinity I will take him back and put him in a safe place in that same area.