Last Sunday evening I got in a single pre-fledgling cardinal, apparently female. The next day, I got in a pre-fledgling male cardinal at about the same stage of development but from a different area. The little female was vocal, alert and hungry from the get-go; the little male less so. You can see the contrast between their behaviors in the video clip below.
The same day the first cardinal came in, I also received an adult Mississippi kite from a regional game warden. He and some other game wardens found it grounded and bleeding on one of the Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). The bleeding wasn’t from an open fracture, although the wing was broken. It was a fresh injury and still swollen, so I wasn’t sure how bad the break was. The next morning I took him to Smalley’s Animal Hospital where, since the swelling had gone down considerably overnight, vet Peggy Hobby found numerous additional fractures without even needing an x-ray. Basically, the bones of his wing were shattered—palpably so. We had no choice but to euthanize.