By flashlight last night it looked as if the structure was undamaged—the tree appeared to be mostly leaning against the side—and the owl never even moved from his perch, so he was fine.
Further, free-roaming and feral cats are exposed to dangers of their own, ranging from vehicles to coyotes to owls to poisons and traps intended for other victims. And that doesn’t even touch on the injuries from fighting and the diseases they both pick up and spread.
I have cats. I love my cats. But for their safety—and for the safety of the wildlife in and around my yard—my cats are indoor-only. It’s my considered opinion as both a cat owner and a wildlife rehabber that only irresponsible and uncaring individuals allow their cats to roam freely outdoors. If you love your cats “like family”, then by-God TREAT them like family and bring them in the house with you!
The good news for this dove is that his injuries seem to be healing nicely, so all we have to do now is wait for all those ripped-out feathers to grow back…He’s one of the lucky ones.
The Northern rough-winged swallow is getting restless and vocal, so we’re gonna try her in the flight pen this week and see who she does. Again, I’m hopeful but not optimistic that she’ll be capable of the skillful flight she’ll need for release. Fingers crossed, though…
When a caller said her son found a young killdeer in their back yard near dark mid-week, I urged her to try to reunite the baby with its sibs and parents. Killdeer are stressy little birds, and the only ones I’ve had success with in the past have been mildly injured adults. She had tried to locate his family the previous evening and the morning that she called me, and even took off work to go back home and try again, with no luck.
He’s a sweetheart, though, so sleep-deprived I’ll remain until he’s old enough for the flight pen…