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...
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...
A Cawmark Holiday Story

A Cawmark Holiday Story

I thought the rehab season was over. Then ten days ago I got a call about a beautiful adult blue jay. He had taken it upon himself to fly into a window and given himself an impressive whack on the head. He was turned into VCA animal hospital, and the report I received...
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...