Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Coop Hawk Blues

This cooper's hawk flew smack into a window yesterday, and despite breaking no bones, he managed to damage his central nervous system, and is unable to stand.

He does have sensation in his legs and feet, and is able to move his legs, he just can't stand up on them. We're holding out hope that with proper care and medication, he'll be using those long, thin legs of his in no time.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Do the Crow Jig

This American crow -- who came to VINS with a swollen head and bleeding from her mouth, her eyes, and her nares (nostrils) -- is on the road to recovery. We believe the bird was struck by a car, based on her injuries.

While the crow is now partially blind in one eye, her spirits are up and her energy is high. Just look at the fancy footwork of this bird in her enclosure.

Are you feeling good today? Well, do the crow jig! Just stomp your feet and flap your wings!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Who's the fairest dove of them all?

This mourning dove is admiring his fine self in the mirror we've put in his enclosure. Currently receiving treatment for frostbitten feet, the dove is residing in a small enclosure where he is easily handled for medications and treatment. 

However, as you may well know, mourning doves are flock animals, meaning where you find one dove, you usually find another... or a whole bunch. These communal birds thrive with company, but since we can't provide extra mourning doves to him while he recovers, we provide a mirror, giving him the opportunity to see "another" dove in its reflection, and perhaps find some peace and comfort.

Lookin' good!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Rock it, little redpoll!

A female common redpoll came into care in early December after being attacked by a cat. She was brought to VINS when a woman found her on the ground, unable to fly. The bird was missing her tail feathers, some wing feathers, and had damage to her left wing.

Watch a video of this redpoll's release!
In our video of the bird's release, you'll see that this little bird flew quickly to the ground and began chirping. Sure enough, a nearby charm of redpolls heard her calls and swooped in to gather her up into their flock. At the end of the video, you'll see the group of redpolls at the VINS songbird feeders.

Redpolls are a northern species who can sometimes be spotted in Vermont in the winter. Look for these active little finches in large chattering groups. Both males and females have small raspberry-colored caps on their heads, and mostly brownish-white feathers on their bodies. Males have raspberry feathers on their chest, too.