Of course, Nature abhors a vacuum, so they were quickly replaced with new intakes…
Aside from the swifts, who were released into an existing colony, most of the other releases are still coming down for frequent supplemental feedings, along with the blue jay and crow—both “slow to independence” corvids who are perfectly capable of fending for themselves but won’t pass up a gravy train!
Below are photos of the swifts in the flight pen pre-release and of the crow being… well, a crow!
Normally raptors of different species aren’t housed together; however, space is at a premium at LWR at the moment and these two are close enough in size that predation didn’t seem to be a risk. Thus far they’re tolerating each other.
The mallard is doing well and impossibly adorable. The video below was filmed from above so you can watch the little rascal dive and swim under water. It’s one of those neat things to see!