Hello! It has been a very busy week at Avian Wildlife Center. More and more birds are being admitted lately, especially woodpeckers. The four red bellied woodpeckers that came in after being found on a logging truck when their nest was cut down went into a newly cleaned outdoor cage today which used to have the three robins and hairy woodpecker in it. They were released and are still hanging around the area. Food is left out in a bowl on top of the vulture cage so that newly released birds have food until they figure out how to be a true wild bird. And you know when they run out of that food because the hairy woodpecker starts calling and following you around outside until you refill the bowl. He is very independent, but is still getting used to finding food on his own.
The red shouldered hawks that were in the kitchen were put back up in their nest on Thursday night. They were banded before being brought back up to the nest that was about 50ft up in a tree in the nearby state forest. They are doing well, although we now have a problem with a park in southern NJ that cut down a tree with a nest of woodpeckers in it. The man that saved the section of tree with the nest has it but refuses to drive them anywhere to a place that will care for them. The latest news is that the parents were feeding them in the tree section, so at least they are not starving. Hopefully something can be figured out so that they end up thriving, whether it is in the wild or temporarily brought into captivity so that they survive.
Yesterday we shifted screech owls into the cage next to it because the empty cage owls were released. Today was mostly cleaning cages and moving birds outside because Giselle and her family will be gone for the last week this month so she's relying on volunteers to take care of all the birds and it will be much easier to keep track of if most are outside. I also learned how to make dove pellets, which is egg yolk mixed with corn meal so that it can be molded into small pellets by hand that can be fed to the dove chicks that are transitioning food from bird burger to seeds. Tomorrow we will be making another batch of bird burger along with cleaning out and re-netting a cage for the house sparrows that are in a cat carrier at the moment. The grackle I have been feeding will be going outside this week in a small cage inside the songbird cage that houses blue jays and mourning doves at the moment.