And in other big news, the Humans have officially caught up to and surpassed last year's admissions for this time of year. They have admitted 93 birds for the year, and it seems like half of those came in just these last few weeks!
|Young female American Kestrels|
|Young male American Kestrels|
|Peregrin falcon in a critical care cage|
|Swainson's Hawk in a rehabilitation cage|
|Mississippi Kite, holding wings well|
And the other Bald Eagle is the one who came in at the end of 2011 scarcely able to walk or stand on her own. It took weeks to get her to move around flat ground, then weeks to get her to perch on low perches. It seemed like she was making good progress--slow but steady--when she hit a plateau. For a few months she made no improvements. The Humans were almost certain she would never be released, but decided to give her a little more time. Well, whatever needed to click finally did so a few weeks ago, and all of the sudden she's flying and landing and moving around a double-length flight cage with ease! Every day a Human goes into her cage to encourage her to fly laps so she'll build up strength, stamina and agility. She's still a little tentative with her feet, so she's not 100% done with rehabilitation yet, but the progress she's made recently is an inspiration to us all. Here's a photo montage from today, showing her spread her wings and launch from a high perch in her cage:
Here's hoping she continues making progress and gets out of here soon! Not only do we want her to fly free again, but she eats a lot of food.
Stay tuned for another update: the RMRP has been receiving a lot of phone calls and emails about the High Park Fire and its effect on the RMRP, and I'll be writing about that soon. But until next time, wish us luck in rehabilitating and releasing my awesome feathered brethren!