Covid with Corvids (& Friends)

Covid with Corvids (& Friends)

Sorry, you knew I had to do that. So how are things going? Well, birds are expert social distancers, so we have that going for us. But they did not get the memo about sheltering in place. They are bouncing all over, causing the usual number of mishaps. And it’s...
Social Distancing with Aurora

Social Distancing with Aurora

Aurora is beginning to molt and has really terrible feather quality. She spends most of her time in an indoor aviary with a UV light to provide vitamin D. It turns out that these bulbs only provide UV rays for six months, although they emit light for much longer than...
Diva Crows Reboot

Diva Crows Reboot

I have the honor to announce the arrival of a new royal in our midst. All hail Princess Aurora, Lastborn of the House of Corvidae, First of Her Name, Envoy to All the Counties, Cacher of Mealworms, Protector of the Six Cages, and Mother of Bureaucracies . A full...
Birdnapping Humans Strike Again

Birdnapping Humans Strike Again

As a rehabber, I see people doing well-meaning activities. Birdnapping happens when people want to help a baby bird. And they are right that the bird is in danger when it is on the ground. It is not intuitive that the bird actually has a better chance of survival in a...
And We’re Back!

And We’re Back!

Our stalwart crew – Gwen, Stephen Crowbert, Zen, and Snafu – were happy to see the end of winter. Zen took it upon himself to engage in an off-season molt, giving him a decidedly uncharming moth-eaten look. Snafu, not to be outdone, decided to molt too. He is managing...
Rehab Season 2018

Rehab Season 2018

I am proclaiming Rehab Season 2018 to be officially over. A few days ago I released the last crow — a juvi who arrived in August with a droopy wing. Two vets examined him and announced there was no medical reason for the wing to be droopy, or, to quote Monty...