They have arrived.  

Two nestling black vultures.  One weighed 81 grams and the other 126 grams.  They will grow to be around 2000 grams.  

They were recovered from a building that was being torn down.  No parents were seen, which makes this a nearly impossible re-nesting situation.  But, they are here now and they are warm and their bellies are full.  And they have each other.  

Another Successful Re-nesting Expedition!

Last night, we placed two nestling barred owls back in the nest cavity that one of the juveniles fell from.  Although there were no other nestlings left in the cavity, one of the parents was still inside it (which is good because they are still in “parenting mode”). The two adults watched the entire process. 

Thanks to Vince Condon and his friends for making this possible.  It is an amazing experience. 

Re-Nesting Adventure

Last night, we returned a nestling barred owl to its nest!  We took it and another orphan of similar size to the nest cavity.  Two arborist friends worked together to climb the tree, evaluate the nest, do some small repairs (they added a 4-inch board to the front so that the nestlings don’t fall out again), and then they placed the birds in the nest.  The two juveniles joined the one remaining nestling as the parents were watching close-by.  In fact, the female was two branches above looking down the entire time.  She returned to the cavity less then an hour after they finished.

Thank you to the amazing arborists, Vince Condon and Eddie Simril, for their work.  We look forward to working with them as we all figure out this “renesting thing” together.  We are very lucky to have them on our team. 

Not the best video of the eagle release because the bird did not fly immediately.  It gets quite shaky at the end as they are chasing to get footage.  But it works.

The juvenile eagle was returned to its nest site today.  It went well.   He stood on the ground with his wings spread for a few minutes and then flew up into a low tree.  

We wanted to keep him until he was flying so that he could have a better chance of getting back into the nest.  Even once flighted, they still rely on their parents for food.  So, this morning he decided to fly perch to perch in our largest flight cage.  That meant it was time to go home!

On the way to release the eagle, we released a great horned owl that came from the same area.  Releases are the best.  Especially when they involve the bird returning home. 


Somebody fell out of their nest! 

Sadly, a dead sibling was next to this little one. But the good thing is that one of the parents was in the nest cavity above, so there is probably another baby still in the nest.  We think that the majority of the tree is hollow and that the two tumbled down the inside of the tree.  

We recovered this little one and will attempt to re-nest it in the next 48 hours.  This will also include a little nest “repair” so that they don’t slip down the trunk again.  Oh, and the parents will be receiving another orphaned owlet (patient #17818) that is similar in size to their surviving nestling.  A nice little consolation prize.  If we are re-nesting one, why not two?

A snap shot (including snapshots…) of our day:

Bathed a barred owl.

Fed some juvenile great horned owls (multiple times).  They hate us but they adore their new surrogate mother.  

Fed a baby bald eagle.  (He will return home within a few days.  We are just working on a game plan.)

Admitted 6 new patients (3 healthy orphans, a red-shouldered hawk with head trauma, a barred owl with ulna fracture, and a great horned owl with a humerus fracture).  We will repair the GHOW’s humerus fracture tomorrow.

Released a red-shouldered hawk.

That’s enough…although it still isn’t over!

Just a little friendly, food-related sibling rivalry.

and then there were two. baby barred owl has a “sibling.”