The red shoulder is about ready for release and is pouncing on his food very aggressively—always a good sign.
All red bellies have been released but about half are still mooching. No pix of that yet; it’s kind hard to photograph six sibilant red bellies while feeding ‘em and keeping ‘em from attacking the other moochers too! Still have two blue jays and two mockers as regular moochers, as well. The jays, of course, are hysterical, swooping down with strangled cries around beaksful of food that they carefully reposition in their beaks so they can beg for a handout from me…
The great crested flycatcher and house finch flew the coop when offered the option and didn’t look back.
Early last week an adult kite came in with a shattered shoulder and was euthanized. Below is a photo of one of his wings, taken after euthanasia, to show the gorgeous coloration of the adult birds.
Thus far this year LWR has received 178 critters, the vast majority birds. Last year our total intakes for the ENTIRE YEAR were 191. There are still 5 ½ months left in this year, and yes, baby season is about to wind down but then we start getting in the injured migrants, so I expect LWR to top 200 intakes for this year.
This takes funds, and our coffers are running low, so this is a heads-up that later this week I’ll be organizing an online fundraiser in hopes of garnering enough funds to see us through the remainder of the year. Start hoarding those pennies (although dollars buy more rodents) with this in mind, please, and look for the fundraiser announcement later in the week.