Thursday, November 5, 2009

Another Bald Eagle Admitted Today, Young Turkey Vulture and Great-horned Owl Plus Life

( Photo: Another 3-4 year old Bald Eagle was found near Gillman today by some very kind people. They raced her to REGI for care. )

Our run on Bald Eagle admissions continues. Today we admitted a 3-4 yr old female Bald Eagle with a serious wing injury. She has an odd injury. It is possible she was nearly electrocuted but was not found near any electrical wires or connections. We are evaluating her wings She still has some significant bleeding going on at this time. She did eat when she arrived. We were pleased that she felt enough energy to do that. She is a beautiful bird. There are not really many UN BEAUTIFUL birds in my eyes.::))

( Photo: Immature Turkey Vulture seems to wonder what is going on and where all the other vultures have gone.)

We admitted another immature Turkey Vulture from the Ladysmith area. Turkey Vultures are not frequent breeding birds that far north. I am beginning to wonder if the youngster admitted last week and the one admitted yesterday might be siblings. They were found not too far from each other and both are very young birds.

You have to admit there is something very fetching about the sweet face of a Turkey Vulture baby.:) He was so thin when he came in I was worried he might not survive, but 24 hours later he seems to be doing quite well. He was pretty happy to see other young vultures here when he arrived. I am sure he felt like he was totally abandoned when the adults migrated a few weeks ago without him.

( Photo: This young Great-horned Owl was seen hunting in the Portage County Waste Disposal area. Unfortunately rodent poisonings were used and may have poisoned the owl when he ate some mice that has first eaten the poison.)

Tis the season also for young Great-horned Owls to get into trouble and find their way to REGIs doors. This youngster was found where rodent poisonings had been used. People often do not realize that when a raptor eats a rat or mouse that has ingested rat poison, the raptor becomes poisoned as well. We treated this owl with vitamin K in hopes to stop internal bleeding which often occurs with some varieties of rat poison. At this point is hard to know what kind was used.

He sure isn't feeling well tonight. many thanks to Wildlife Rehabilitator Laura Kildow from Stevens Point for catching this guy up and driving him to a pick up point so we could care for him quickly.

The Great-horned Owl admitted a week ago is doing splendidly. She went into a small enclosure today "out" of critical care. I will try for a photo of her tomorrow. She has the tallest ear tufts around!

We will have our last tour of the year on Saturday. Since we had snow the last two mornings in a row I think it is not a moment too soon.

More tomorrow.Good night for now.
Marge Gibson © 2009

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