That said, it was most definitely not a slow week for the rehabs at LWR, with several releases and one major accomplishment for an “iffy” bird.
If you’ll recall, in last week’s update vet Peggy Hobby and I had discussed the brown thrasher’s nest injury and agreed to give him time to see what might develop. He was doing well on the ground and low perches but making no attempt to get up higher. This week he perched near the highest point in the songbird flight! He’s also doing some self-feeding, so with his progress, I suspect he’ll be near-releasable within a week or so.
And late last Sunday, a very late-season (for GHOs) downy GHO came in. His finders had fed him chicken livers for two days before contacting LWR so in addition to very smelly poops, he was wearing a good bit of his highly inappropriate diet. An exam upon intake revealed that his left wing was broken at the wrist—never a good location for a fracture.