Friday, March 15, 2013

Chickadee checks out!

A little black-capped chickadee came to VINS last month with a drooping wing. While we couldn't detect a specific fracture, we wrapped the bird's wing to stabilize it, in case there was a small broken bone. 

Within a month, the wrap had been removed, the wing was sitting normally along the bird's body, and this chickadee was flying all over our aviary and ready to check out!

Watch a video of this bird's release!

Above , VINS intern Sarah Sanderson prepares to release the chickadee.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Red-tail on the Move

A red-tailed hawk was found in Hartland, Vermont ... in a chicken coop! The emaciated raptor was going after a family's chicken, became entangled in the coop, and needed rescue. Watch a video of the hawk!

Upon exam, VINS staff found the hawk to be emaciated -- very thin and underweight -- and had internal parasites. We treated the parasites with medication, and are in the process of getting the bird up to a healthy weight. 

Above, getting the hawk out of her enclosure. Below, handling the hawk before moving her outside.

The red-tail in her outdoor enclosure.
Today, the hawk got moved from her small indoor enclosure to an outdoor enclosure much larger in size. Here she will be able to stretch her wings, fly up to several perches, and begin working her muscles. Soon she will be moved into our very large flight cage, where we can monitor her flight ability and decide if she is ready to return to her life in the wild.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The results are in!

A few weeks ago, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science hosted a Great Backyard Bird Count event. For two days, birds were counted in a specific location every 15 minutes for four hours. Members of the public helped VINS staff keep an eye out -- with the use of binoculars and telescopes -- and tally up the numbers of species seen. The results were submitted to GBBC, and are used to help biologists throughout the world monitor bird populations.

Photo by Michelle Black.
VINS: Sunday, February 17, 2013  11AM-2PM
52 American goldfinches
2 tufted titmice
4 black-capped chickadees
3 white-breasted nuthatch
1 red-breasted nuthatch
2 American crow

VINS: Monday, February 18, 2013  11AM-2PM
3 black-capped chickadees
29 American goldfinches
2 tufted titmice

Worldwide Data: According to GBBC
Total Checklists Submitted (from around the world): 133,624  
Total Species Observed (worldwide): 3,432  
Total Individual Birds Counted: 34,185,218!