So…release delayed a couple of days. No problem; he was eating well and I moved him into a bigger indoor pen so he could move around more while we waited for the weather to cooperate.
Finally, toward the end of the week, the weather cooperated and I hied Sir Attitude hence to release him near where he was found.
Take him out of the box, hold him for one last photo op before release…
I’ve consulted with Steve Hicks of Bubba & Friends raptor rehab, who says he can’t remember ever seeing a screech do this. We’re thinking there’s some sort of neurological issue here, although Steve did suggest, tongue-in-cheek, that perhaps I’d been feeding the little guy too well and he was just plain too fat to fly. Believe it or not, that really can be an issue for birds in rehab, but this screech hadn’t been with me long enough to pack on that kind of weight.
Meanwhile, on the flight pen front, two more Georgia Southern students helped my nephew Alex, my father and me put up the roofing tin and most of the outside hardware cloth yesterday. Junior Jessica Emery of Brunswick, GA is a mechanical engineering major and a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and freshman Richard Rising of Atlanta is also a mechanical engineering major.