Miracle Bird 2017

Miracle Bird 2017

Every year I have a rehab bird that defies all the odds to survive and return from whence it came. This year’s leading candidate is a crow who is (so far) recovering from West Nile Virus. WNV has returned to Northern Virginia. Late summer/early fall is outbreak...
Zen and the Art of Building Trust

Zen and the Art of Building Trust

My trips to Maymont have a purpose other than to make Super Daughter insanely jealous because I got to help train an otter: I’m getting expert guidance on how to work with Zen. Training her based on negative reinforcement—do what I want and I’ll go...
Musings on Crow’s Feet and Hearts

Musings on Crow’s Feet and Hearts

Today was the big day: time to remove Zen’s boot to see if restraining her foot in the correct position for a few weeks would get rid of the twist and allow her to perch normally. At first, I tried to get the tape off a bit at a time without restraining her but...
Meet Zen

Meet Zen

As regular readers may remember, I took in an injured crow last winter with a broken scapula. In spite of intensive medical care, she did not regain flight and so I’m keeping her as my first educational bird. I’ve been slowly building trust with her. She...
You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

I purchased collage-making software; you have been duly warned. Now I must collage all the things! The best part of rehabbing is sending the birds back from whence they came. I especially love returning crows to where they were found because I know they have family...
Feel-Good Crow Rescue Story

Feel-Good Crow Rescue Story

At last count, Super Hub and I have ten corvids house and yard mates: Gwen, Stephen Crowbert, and Leftover Bird in the backyard; Caledonia in the house; and four crows and two blue jays on the sun porch. But here’s the even better news: I don’t have eleven...