Let’s start with the aforementioned squirrels, who are in release phase now. The pen door is open and they’re starting to wander farther from it during the day but are still returning its safety at night. Below are the best shots I’ve managed of them lately, as they’re hiding whenever I go near them now. This is actually a good thing, though, as it means I’ve done my job right and they’re wilding up very nicely.
I tried for photos of his release when we took him back to his home territory, but he bolted out of the box and beelined into the brush. This little screech knew exactly where he was going!
Upon meeting the rescuers, I found that we did indeed have a Coop, a first-year bird, male. His eyes were clear, pupils equal and responsive; wings and legs seemed in working order, based on a preliminary parking lot exam as I transferred him from their pet carrier to my transport box. But he was rail-thin. Accipiters are designed for speed and maneuverability; they tend to be on the thin side. But this guy, despite being alert, active and aggressive, was too thin for my liking. I told the rescuers I’d put a little meat on his bones before releasing him.