I was supposed to get a blue jay fledge (in my wheelhouse because jays OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAare in the same family (corvids) as crows) but it turned out to be a grackle, so I ended up with three northern flickers instead. That’s the way rehab works. I’ve never taken care of flickers before; they are a trip. They are a type of woodpecker which means they climb. So these guys think it’s super fun to climb up to the most inaccessible corner of the cage and then demand food. They also get noisier the more you feed them. By the time they’re done, it sounds like a flock of geese has moved into the basement.

Here is a youtube video from the Vermont Institute for Natural Science (VINS), an amazing rehab facility and raptor center near Woodstock, Vermont. If you’re up that way, it’s well worth a visit. As you can see, feeding time in flicker land is a pretty wild and crazy adventure.

Otherwise, I have four irritating robin fledges who devote themselves to escaping every time I open the flight cage to change food or water. I would have booted them out already except for the cold, wet, nasty weather. As soon as the temperature gets over 70 degrees, they are going to be on their way.

Finally, Jack Chipping Sparrow is doing well. He is loud and demanding, which I guess is how you survive if you are two inches long.