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« Post / Reply #30 on: July 01, 2016, 03:04:51 PM »

Nature creates such sweetness but sadly also creates such horror. Thank you for your gentle care of the pup.
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« Post / Reply #31 on: July 01, 2016, 03:47:01 PM »

poor wee baby.  Shame on people for not following leash laws.   cry
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« Post / Reply #32 on: July 01, 2016, 07:01:24 PM »

Oh Oh Oh!  How devastating!  Thanks for the photos, so graphic, so real!  Predation is real, and predation from human carelessness is still a real thing.  there is no emoticon with enough sadness to show my feelings!
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« Post / Reply #33 on: July 12, 2016, 09:10:31 AM »

 
wren discovers a downed Eaglet while out for a paddle one evening!
The full story with updates & fotos can be read here.

 
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« Post / Reply #34 on: November 13, 2016, 01:30:16 PM »


It*s been a busy few days for HEART!
i got a call from the Co-op two days ago.
A woman had seen a pair of Flickers in the roadside ditch at the bottom of the hill in front of Little Trib on the main road.
One had flown away but the other had their wings splayed in the ditch.
It sounded like the Flicker had likely been hit by a car.
i right away start fretting about getting them to MARS.
It is getting late in the day & i*m not sure there will be many people leaving the Island & how long will i have to wait to get this poor Bird on its way to MARS?
Flickers are very high stress Birds.
Perhaps they will say to just hold them quietly & see what happens in the morning.
This is all going through my mind as i prepare.
All my gear is put away inside now so it doesn*t get damp & mouldy, which means it takes a bit of time to get everything ready to go.
i fret about not being able to get out the door faster.
i*m not a drop everything & run kinda gal.
i JUST got home & unpacked the car & started my fire.
So it takes me a good half hour to get out the door.
She said the third hydro pole, so i park beyond that & walk back.
When i get to the area, a Flicker runs away & squeezes through the fence into the Cow field beyond & flies away.
i figure this is the second Flicker reported, so i look for the injured one.
A puddle of poop catches my eye in that area, but i am not finding a splayed Flicker.
i walk up & down that roadside, picking up plastic as i go.
A nice woman pulls over & offers to help me search.
We don*t find the Flicker & she drives off.
i am continuing my search when i hear my name being called.
Yay, the women who first spotted the Flicker are walking back up the road from the Co-op!
They are pointing to where they had seen the Bird & it turns out to be where i saw the Flicker flying away!
So perhaps the poor Bird had been stunned & was recovering & my arrival startled them away.
i realize now that if i had gotten out the door faster, it wouldn*t have given the Flicker time to recover on their own & i would have had to capture, very stressful for the injured Bird.
So, hopefully this was a happy ending.
The women were GREATLY relieved that i had shown up & that things had ended like this & that now they knew who to call when something like this happened.
& i am relieved that they showed up just in time to show me where the Bird had been.
That wouldn*t have happened if i had been faster getting out the door.

A second event happened yesterday.
i was going up the road, watching the tail lights of the car ahead of me when suddenly my peripheral vision was caught by something on the left in the ditch!
It was the legs of a small Deer, kicking.
They had been on their left side & had kicked themselves over to their right, facing the woods & away from the road.
There was slight movement, but then i wasn*t sure the poor Fawn was alive.
i wasn*t at all sure what to do.
So i carried on with what i had planned to do & checked again on my way home.
i walked up & down, up & down, looking.
Animals & Birds blend in so well with Nature that even if you are looking right at them you don*t see them.
So i gave that side of the road a good thorough search, but no sign of the Fawn.
Once again, perhaps the Fawn had had time to recover & walk off into the woods.
Let*s hope, poor thing.

Now today i get another call!
Two women are new to their Hornby home & have arrived to find a dead Fawn in their greenhouse!
They are very upset, feeling it is their fault that the Fawn got trapped in there & died.
But i tell them that from my little experience, this is a time of year when the young Fawns often aren*t thriving on their own.
& it isn*t the first time one has curled up into a dry safe place to die.
So perhaps it wasn*t their fault.
i said i would come & remove the body for them, as they aren*t up to the task, feeling so upset that this has happened.
Heading out to do this shortly.
Phew!
Three days, three wild life concerns!
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« Post / Reply #35 on: November 13, 2016, 07:57:26 PM »


Well, if you can believe it, after i posted that last message i got a FOURTH call!
The MARS student called me to say there was an injured Great Blue Heron.
He gave me the name & phone number, & it was someone i know who lives nearby.
He has a big pond & as we gathered ourselves for the capture, i realized that he has been involved in a Heron rescue before.
We had our lined kennel & our towels, & i suggested to him to be wearing gloves & eye protection, as i was, as the beak is sharp & fast & they go for your eyes, yikes!
He pointed out where the Heron was standing on one leg next to the pond, with their head tucked into their wing.
He went around one way & i walked towards him & the Heron from the other.
i stood & watched as he slowly crept up to the Heron.
He got quite close & the Heron was still in the same pose.
Finally they started to move towards me, so i moved towards the Heron.
The Heron then made a sideways run into what looked like a green painted path but was in fact water covered in Duck weed.
The Heron stumbled in the water so we moved in but then the Heron got out & made a run towards the fence.
The Heron was moving their wings & i thought he was going to get just enough wind to get air but no, he was now caught up against the bushes & the fence.
He ran sideways as i tossed a towel over him & missed.
The man made a grab with his blanket & missed, & then he was able to cover & grab the Heron.
i got a hold of the beak & was then able to pick up the Heron under my arm like a football, still wrapped in the blanket.
We carried the Heron to the kennel & i tucked him inside then drew out the blanket that we then used to cover the kennel.
Phew, we had the Heron who seemed all done in & was kind of lying in the kennel with the legs out behind.
The man ran straight for the ferry.
He was going to ask the people in line for a ride into MARS for the Heron, & if there was no one, he would go himself.
He went for the three ferry in plenty of time & i just assumed all was well but i got three calls from MARS wondering what was going on!
When i called the man at home he didn*t answer, so i assumed he had gone in himself.
Now it was 6pm & the student was calling again, wondering what was going on & wanting to go home if the Heron wasn*t going to come.
What a worry!
The Heron should have been there by now.
Ten minutes later, i got a call back from the student.
There had been a delay with the ferry leaving so the man had handed the kennel over to someone else who delivered the Heron right to MARS.
Yay!
Let*s hope this Heron can pull through!
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« Post / Reply #36 on: November 13, 2016, 09:17:04 PM »

Whew!  It's a good thing people know to call you, although it's very stressful when you need to help.  Thank you for telling us about what has happened, booni.

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« Post / Reply #37 on: November 14, 2016, 06:35:12 AM »

I love happy endings!  heart i also love hopeful outcomes  love  Thank you Booni  for what you do as well as for sharing it with us.  thumbup   V
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« Post / Reply #38 on: November 14, 2016, 05:43:16 PM »

Wow...busy week indeed!

Thank you booni, for all you do there.
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« Post / Reply #39 on: November 14, 2016, 06:29:55 PM »


The man who called about the Heron called MARS this morning for a report.
The Heron survived the night but is very emaciated & was being tube fed.
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« Post / Reply #40 on: November 14, 2016, 07:38:42 PM »

In those wonderful hands at MARS the heron has a hopeful outcome.  wink
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« Post / Reply #41 on: November 21, 2016, 09:31:54 AM »


Fabulous CHEK TV has once again done a piece on MARS & it features the rescued Hornby Heron!

http://www.cheknews.ca/wild-bird-rescue-merville-prepares-flood-patients-239347/



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« Post / Reply #42 on: November 21, 2016, 10:56:07 AM »


What great news and CHEK is always right there with positive stories about MARS!!  Thanks for the update, Booni
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« Post / Reply #43 on: November 21, 2016, 12:13:15 PM »

 thumbup  Thank you, booni!
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« Post / Reply #44 on: November 22, 2016, 04:54:12 PM »

WOW!  Thank you, Booni.
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