On Friday morning we received a photo of an injured female Pileated Woodpecker hanging from a tree. We talked the concerned citizen through the rescue, and she and her grandson brought the bird to us. The woodpecker had very bad head trauma, blood in one of her ears, her neck was limp, and she was very dehydrated. We rehydrated her, gave her anti-inflammatory meds along with pain meds, and put her in oxygen for close to four hours. She started to finally perk back up after that.
After four days with us, she is starting to eat/peck a bit on her own, but we are also feeding her massive amounts of blackberries and live mealworms. She takes a lot of time for our staff to feed because of the large amount and the special holding requirements due to her condition. We are hopeful about her outcome, but she will be with us for quite some time, as she has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
We could use your help with donations to the Bird Center to help support her care. She eats close to 50 mealworms per feeding which is every 45 minutes, along with a variety of other foods. She has been an honor to work with and we want to provide her with the best rehabilitation possible. Please consider making a donation to the Bird Center to help us care for this gorgeous bird so that she can make a successful recovery.
As we mentioned, she’s only been with us for a few days, but below is a video of her progress from when she came in to now.
Earlier this week, a tree was cut down and a robins’ nest fell out while the eggs were in the process of hatching. Thankfully, the rescuer found them and immediately brought them to the Bird Center. We placed them in our new incubator, and while the first one was already born on arrival, the other two were still in the process.
36 hours later, we can officially welcome three new robins into the world!
We received an incredible donation off of our Amazon Wish List – an automatic egg turner incubator! With all the eggs that we are incubating, we needed a second one, and the fact that it turns on itself makes our life a lot easier!
Here we have seven of our 20 interns, and each are all so amazing! Each intern has a unique quality, and combining that with each other makes this entire team an extraordinary asset to the Bird Center!
The Bird Center is now open from 7am – 9pm, 7 days a week. Phone hours are 7:30am – 8:30pm, and intake hours are 7:30am – 8:00pm. Please do not bring a bird to the Center without speaking directly to a staff member first.
If you have found an injured or thought to be abandoned bird, please keep it in a stress-free environment and in a contained enclosure without any food or water until you’ve spoken to a wildlife rehabilitator.