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Title: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on January 21, 2017, 07:58:01 PM

HEART rescues in 2017

Thank you to our Hornby first responders!

January 20

February 3

February 25

April 9

April 16

April 21

May 28

June 5

July 10

July 17

July 30

August 7

August 30

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on January 21, 2017, 08:09:24 PM

First Wildlife rescue call of 2017!
Wren & i were both called by MARS & a message left for both of us.
i came in quite a bit later & had only a short time before i had to be somewhere else!
The message said a Hawk was reported down on our main road.
i figured hit by a car?
i listened twice to the message & then called MARS back.
Reg answered & said the woman who had called me had talked to someone who had seen a Hawk down on the main road, but that she had been calling the reporter back & not reaching her.
i tried her number & lucked out & got her right away.
i think she had left Hornby, but had seen a Hawk on the side of the road, eating a dead Deer.
The Hawk had been wobbling about the road & not flying, so she had called MARS.
But it turned out that after she called the *Hawk* had managed to fly off & land in a nearby branch where they had a battle with an Eagle & then both flew off.
As far as i know, Hawks don*t eat Deer?
i asked her how big this Hawk was.
She said *really huge, the size of that Eagle!*
Aha, i believe this was actually a young Eagle & explained that to her.
Anyway, sounded like all was well after all & i was greatly relieved not to have to squeeze a rescue into the little time i had left before dark!
i went by the area today, as i also got a call from a friend today saying she*d seen a young Eagle at the side of the road eating a Deer & not scared of traffic at all.
She called me quite a while after her sighting but i went to check it out anyway.
As i was driving past, i did indeed see two young Eagles flying over the road, but though i drove back again, i never did spot the Deer they were eating.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on January 22, 2017, 06:21:37 AM
Yay!! hope if someone see the deer they will pull it farther off the road  :eceek
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: winterwren on January 22, 2017, 06:57:31 PM
Yesterday afternoon I was pruning fruit trees not far from the address that the message from MARS mentioned.
I could hear eagles calling from down the road the whole time I was there. Calls and trills of adult eagles, and the beautiful rusty-hinge calls of youngsters!
I figured that might be where that deer carcass was. I sure wished for the time to go check it out but I wanted to get as much work done as possible before dark.

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on January 23, 2017, 06:44:31 AM
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on February 08, 2017, 08:28:31 PM
i got a call from a neighbour nearby that a Great Blue Heron had landed on the edge of her deck & was just standing there.
She was worried about cats being around, or that something was wrong, so she wanted me to have a look.
i was reluctant to go out because i had just gotten home & wasn*t keen to go out into the snow again, even though she is a short walk away.
So she offered to pick me up!
By the time we got there, the Heron had left the deck & was standing in the yard.
We snuck around the house so that i could get some assessment fotos.
Sure enough, the Heron was just standing there, relaxed in the snow.
i was wondering if this was the Heron that i first heard about here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1646.msg176027#msg176027), who then got released here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1646.msg176680#msg176680), & what do i know, but this sure looked like the same small Heron, & this spot is not at all far from the pond where he had been released & was hanging out for quite a few days.
february 3 2017 15:59 - Great Blue Heron standing in the snow
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Relaxed, but watching us.
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Here we are getting closer & he is starting to walk away slowly.
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A video of the walking.

february 3 2017 16:00 - Heron walking in snow


After this he flapped & took off, but didn*t go very high & appeared to just sail down the road, so we went looking for him & sure enough there he was in the ditch on the side of the road just uphill from Grassy Point.
i figure i will be hearing more about this youngster.
Sure hope they can find food.
february 3 2017 16:09 - Great Blue Heron walking in the snow
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link to my fotos page -  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 08, 2017, 08:55:48 PM
Must be hard to find food with all that snow!  Hope it melts soon!  Thank you for telling us about this bird, booni...one of my favorite species.    :goodluck
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on February 08, 2017, 09:04:32 PM
Hope he is okay.... I am sure he is wondering ..." What's up with all this white stuff!!"
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on February 09, 2017, 03:34:19 AM
winter is so hard on wildlife -  - I hope they all find food
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2017, 09:29:18 AM
A friend sent me a bunch of good fotos of an adult Eagle with blood all over their beak. i looked at the fotos before reading her e-mail & noticed that the Eagle seemed to have a bite injury across their beak, especially visible from the right side! When i read her full message, this was why she*d sent me the fotos. Someone had put a road kill Deer on the cement jetty at Phipps Point & the Eagle was trying to eat this. There was also a dead Sea Lion attracting tons of Eagles north of the Point. i got more good fotos of this Eagle from Maija Maltais. Then i got a link to fotos on someone*s facebook page here. (https://www.facebook.com/edgarbullonadventure/posts/409205726094084)
i also got a call from MARS two days later saying a man had walked right up & touched the Eagle that day.
We went right down there looking & have been looking ever since but have not been able to find this Eagle.

Mum Hornby had a very similar injury, however she had a whole lot of other injuries as well.

beak injured Eagle by stevi

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beak injured Eagle by Maija Maltais

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beak injured Eagle by Maija Maltais

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beak injured Eagle by Maija Maltais

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link to my fotos page -  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 07, 2017, 06:14:47 PM
Whew, booni!  That looks like a painful injury.  Sorry you couldn't find that eagle.

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on March 07, 2017, 09:41:55 PM
That is nasty... hopefully it can be found and something done. Thanks for looking Booni!
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on March 08, 2017, 02:11:38 AM
 :ecsad omg - the first thing I thought of ws Mom H. and her terrible injuries -  :eccry I sure hope she never ended up like this  :nope thank you Booni for  going and trying to find this poor creature  :ty
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on April 17, 2017, 09:05:57 AM

i was invited for easter brunch yesterday & was asked right away about the Heron Rocks Sea Lion, which prompted a young fellow to tell me that he had found a Bird with orange colouring on the road with a broken leg!
He said he had moved the Bird to the grass at the side of the road.
i followed him back to the site with a small shoe box lined with a towel, ready to go.
He looked uphill, i went downhill & spotted the poor fella right away, standing on the side of the road with his eyelids closed.
He didn*t even budge when i walked right up to him & grabbed him.
But fight & flight took over when i popped him in the box!
He got out again before i could close the lid!
He flapped into the bush, poor guy, so i had to catch him again & this time i was more careful with the lid.
i had blood on my hand afterwards.  :ecsad
There were a couple heading off Hornby & going to Royston on Vancouver Island, so yay, they agreed to take the Bird & arrange for MARS to meet them there.
Not long after the planned meeting, i got a call from Reg.
He said the leg was broken right through, with only a small bit of skin & a tendon holding it on.
The blood supply was cut right off & could not be connected again.
The dangling leg/foot would only go necrotic, so he said the tough decision was made to euthanize him.  :ecsad
He was a lovely male Towhee.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on April 18, 2017, 05:23:38 PM
Sometimes when humans do their very best, things still turn out badly. Sorry for the poorblittle Tohee who suffered like that. Now he is out of pain and at rest.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2017, 02:23:05 PM
Last evening i was just getting ready to start my fire & heat up my dinner & get into my nightgown for the evening when a neighbour dropped in.
She had been calling me but i was on the phone.
She was doing a house check & found an Eagle standing on the deck overlooking the ravine.
She sat & enjoyed the sighting, did her work, Eagle was still there, she realized something must be wrong.
The Eagle sort of stumbled from the deck onto a stump/Birdhouse next to it, then kinda stumbled to the ground next to a Tree not far away.
The Eagle was still there when she left & so she called me from home.
We gathered a team of her family & wren & our gear & headed back there.
The Eagle was still in the same spot.
i took some assessment fotos to start.
The whiteness on the beak sure caught our attention.
april 21 2017 18:57 - possibly injured Eagle
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The plan was to have the three people who came with us to carry towels & try to keep the Eagle from running for the deep ravine & pond over to her left.
It was a pretty steep bank down to there.
wren was going to hide behind the bushes while i sneaked up in plain sight from the Eagle*s left to distract the Eagle & have him watching me & not seeing wren coming at her from behind the bushes.
But fright & flight took over & the Eagle bolted, in a stumbly manner that didn*t look right, & was able to open wings, but also not quite right, & catch just enough air to soar away into the ravine.
One of the family said she saw her soar over to our left into the ravine area.
Five of us searched until almost dark but were not able to find this Eagle.
We will keep looking.
link to my fotos page - 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2017, 09:05:13 PM
i was just coasting through my morning routine when the phone rang.
Someone had photographed an Eagle hanging on barbed wire near Olsen Farm!
My heart started pounding.
Eagle trapped in barbed wire, flapping & making it worse at my approach, how do you even begin?
Cover the head of course, but the barbwire entrapment?
i was given knowledgeable advice on what gear to bring - wire cutters, leather gloves, towel for the Eagle*s head, tweezers to pull out the barbs, the horrors i was imagining.
i called wren but there was no answer so i cruised by her place.
No luck.
So i carried on with the gear in the van, still there from the attempted capture friday night.
i was supposed to do care giving work today, but they ended up helping me!
i got there ahead of everyone & parked off the side of the road & went looking for an Eagle hanging on barb wire.
My first find was a Mink hanging on barb wire!  :eceek
i have no idea how this Mink got to be here like this.
It sure is not a very nice scenario to ponder.
april 24 2017 10:13 - Mink on barb wire

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Next thing i spotted was even MORE amazing.
The Eagle from friday night!  :eceek
Standing on the OTHER side of the barb wire fence.
Not hanging on barb wire at all!
Was there a second Eagle i now needed to find?
i flagged down help from a friend driving up the hill from Ford Cove.
She was game to help.
Then my work couple arrived.
We decided this must be the Eagle we are looking for.
Where he was friday night & where he was now was actually very close to each other.
Perhaps he had gotten trapped stumbling across the road & had gotten himself free again?
We all squeezed to the side of the already narrow road & i put my flashers on.
The Eagle was still in the same spot.
Now this Eagle had a great launch spot again, on top of a huge conglomerate boulder looking down a very steep slope.
There was no way to block him from flying away.
& this is a STEEP slope, with crumbling ground & piles of rolling round stones.
How the heck were we going to be able to capture this guy?
When we approach, he will just soar off again.
But we decided to try.
Two went downhill with towels & tried to distract the Eagle while i climbed under the barb wire & slid down hill with my capture gloves, net & towel.
i ended up sitting on my butt & just sliding down.
& of course the Eagle flopped off & down the slope.
But he was in such bad shape that he just face planted & belly flopped & stayed there while one woman with a towel ran down & threw her towel over his head.
He turned & opened his beak at us but that was about it.
He was done in completely.
i was able to reach under him, one side at a time, & grab each leg.
Then one friend arranged the towel back over his head while i pulled him up & against my chest.
Phew, got him.
Now how the heck do we get back up that slope with both hands occupied?
If my arms were empty, i would have climbed up on all fours.
One friend walked behind me & grabbed my kilt waist & held me going uphill.
i finally figured out that if she pushed me from behind at my waist/butt, that was the most helpful.
We got up to the barb wire fence!
One person got the kennel & opened the door & tucked it up against the fence.
Then suddenly Otto was running loose on the road!
With the cars whizzing past.
He was grabbed by the collar & put back in the truck.
He was ready to come running down to help me.
Someone held up the barb wire & i was able to tuck the Eagle wrapped in a towel under the wire & into the kennel.
Then i scritched under the wire myself.
Next we needed to get the cover towel out from around the Eagle in the kennel.
The poor Eagle was kind of tangled in it & too weak to move.
We were finally able to pull the towel out, but the Eagle was facing in with their poor head & neck turned towards us against the side of the kennel, too weak to move.
So i braved reaching in there again to straighten him out.
He was flat on his belly, legs tucked up underneath him, not moving, but watching us & blinking.
Now to get him in to MARS!
We drove down to the ferry.
We just missed the 11 & there were only two cars in the lineup to ask.
The first guy just grunted at me so i moved on.
The second man was someone i knew, but he was only going as far as Denman.
i stared up the road waiting for more cars to come.
We were really early for the noon ferry.
& the next ferry after that  wasn*t til 2.
A large white truck approached, so i walked up the hill like when i am capturing an Eagle, head down & turned away.
Then i pounced!
Turns out they were two lovely young men on their way to work at a place in Tofino, having just finished some work for the same landowner here!
& as luck would have it, they were the very ones who had reported the Eagle, hanging on the barb wire!
So we DID have the right Eagle.
& they were HAPPY to take the kennel from my van & meet MARS at Buckley Bay.
i am SO HAPPY we finally caught this poor Eagle!

link to my fotos page - 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on April 24, 2017, 09:20:48 PM
 :eceek You never cease to amaze us booni (((Good job)))
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 24, 2017, 11:36:59 PM
Wow, booni!  Your real-life scenario had me holding my breath and wanting to know what happened next!  You sure have hair-raising adventures!  Hope the eagle will do well under Reg's loving care.  

Thank you for doing all the H.E.A.R.T. work that helps to save birds and animals.

Poor mink.   :ohno
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: sparkie on April 25, 2017, 05:52:49 AM
Great work booni .
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 25, 2017, 06:24:32 AM
What an adventure you had (I remember that area and that is a challenge to climb without having to carry anything) Thanks for all your hard work and you had me in my chair trying to help.   Knowing he has Reg in his corner- Best of Luck to the eagle
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on April 25, 2017, 08:39:21 AM
Thank you Booni.. you are amazing!!!!! Thanks to all that helped also... hope the eagle makes it...he is now in good hands and I know Reg will do all he can.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on April 25, 2017, 10:11:17 AM
Oh my dear Booni! You  will be getting a halo for sure!  :eclove If that eagle doesnt make it , they certainly  had all the help they could hope for, and then some! and Booni you really should write a book - something like  'the illustrated adventures of an avid eagle watcher!'  :eceek  Have you heard anything about its progress or condition from Reg? Any thoughts about that beak?  :puzzled2 After all the  help  reached out for it, I would love to know the eagle makes a good recovery.  :heart
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: NancyM on April 25, 2017, 10:47:47 AM
That was quite the rescue, booni!

What is the story on the mink? Was it alive?
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Rajame on April 25, 2017, 11:03:46 AM
Dear Booni! You are an Angel on earth for sure! Thank you for your willingness and bravery and love. I am hugging you and loving you from afar. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :hearts2
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on April 26, 2017, 08:59:06 AM

Nancy, i don*t know the story about the Mink.
i was walking along looking for any barb wire fencing & spotted them way down the slope & zoomed in.
i have no idea how the Mink got there, they seemed pretty fresh still but did not seem alive, to me.

i haven*t heard anything back about our Eagle so i called this morning as i also want to organize getting our equipment back.
So our poor Eagle died yesterday, sometime.
They went in to give him fluids & found him dead.
He was in really poor shape, the lightest Eagle they have gotten in in a long time.
i asked for Reg to call me when he has time, to fill in any more info he may have gotten from examining him.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: birdvoyer on April 26, 2017, 10:20:01 AM
 :eccry So sad but at least it is no longer suffering. You certainly gave it a valiant effort. Thank you for the update.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on April 26, 2017, 09:07:53 PM
 :heart So sorry to hear booni  :ecsad
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on April 27, 2017, 07:56:07 AM

i believe this was our Eagle getting treated at MARS.

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 27, 2017, 08:14:08 AM
Oh my goodness!  What a story! And your work to save eagles can be so dangerous!  What a brave heroine you are, Booni, and how wonderful others are so willing to help!!!  So sad the eagle died, after all the heroic efforts, but at the very least, you know you did your best to help!  Thank you for being there!  And for taking the extreme effort to save and help the eagle!  :eclove
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on April 27, 2017, 10:13:17 AM
Sorry to hear the eagle died, but at least in died in caring hands.... we wish we could save them all but alas that can not be. Thank you Booni for doing what you could! You are amazing and so very dedicated to help these critters in trouble.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on April 28, 2017, 03:28:39 AM
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on April 29, 2017, 10:23:51 AM
So, Reg called yesterday to fill me in about the rescued Eagle.
He said he was just turned five years old & the lightest live Eagle he had ever had in his hands at 2.12kg  :ecsad
It is unknown how that Eagle got to be so skinny.
They used the latest protocols for him, but it was too late.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2017, 10:10:53 AM
i got a call this morning about fledgling Crows, very young, down on the ground at Grassy Point.
i suggested he call MARS.
They would know what is normal for this time of year.
i also suggested he take some fotos to show them.
He reported back that all is good & in good order, according to MARS.
Thank you Aaron!
(http://ust.chatango.com/um/b/o/boonibarb/img/l_27.jpg) (http://ust.chatango.com/um/b/o/boonibarb/img/l_27.jpg)
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link to my fotos page - 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 28, 2017, 11:23:17 PM
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2017, 08:47:19 PM

VERY young Eaglet is found under Wiig Nest Tree! The story can be read here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1731.msg179427#msg179427)
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on July 11, 2017, 09:12:27 AM
Two days ago i ran into one of the managers of the Herons Rocks Campsite.
She told me a family had discovered a Seal pup on Toby Island & what did i think?
i told her to get the family to take a foto of the pup & send it to the Saltspring Natural Care Center & that likely the pup needed rescue.
It had been a very hot sunny day & i was concerned that the pup be picked up as soon as possible.
Well i heard back from the manager the next day, yesterday, that two families had been involved, the pup had been rescued & Norm was coming to Grassy Point in his helicopter to pick him up!
While walking at Tribune Bay i had seen the tiny helicopter & tried to get a foto of him zipping by, unsuccessfully.
While hearing this story, another call kept trying to come in.
When i hung up a woman was leaving a message about a Seal pup.
i cut in & said hello, & was talking to her, assuming she was one of the Toby Island rescue people but she was talking about ANOTHER Seal pup!
This one close to me, in the Niner territory, at the base of the stairs.
Marielle made sure i went down there with a tub & towels to do the capture, even though the woman was a Nurse & seemed game to take on the capture herself.
Marielle is like that.
i just say yes, ma*am & hop to it.
Two Nurses were waiting for me when i got there & were very happy that i*d brought a tub & towels as they hadn*t managed to find anything suitable.
They took me down to the beach at almost high tide line & it was hard for me to spot the pup til we were right on top of him or her!
At first the pup was just flat out, melted into the rocks, & i thought, oh, no, this doesn*t look good.
i also could see the telltale signs of dehydration & starvation, the noticeable shape of the skull, the wrinkled up skin, the hips sticking out.
A healthy fed tended pup should be obscenely fat from head to tail.
i was glad to see the pup lift their head & look at us!
i was going to take an assessment foto, but decided it would be better to be sure to have the pup in hand first, even though the water was still far away.
i popped a small towel over the head & picked him up under his flippers & he started crying & wiggling as i popped him into the tub & removed the towel.
i could hear the pleasure & relief in Marielle*s voice when i told her we had the little one.
From the foto sent, she knew this pup needed rescue, she even believed, going by the colour, that this one was a premature birth.
i had lifted the tail & looked for the umbilical cord, but never saw one.
This little one had a good weight & was definitely looking up at us & watching.
But he was missing the wet rings around the eyes.
A sign of dehydration.
Fortunately it had been a cool windy day, not like the previous day, but likely this poor little one had been lying there starving & dehydrating since birth, so it was very lucky that these women had spotted him & being Nurses they just knew something wasn*t right!
We carried the tub back up the bank to the land while Marielle arranged for Jim Funk*s Water Taxi to be down at Ford Cove Marina waiting for me.
Marielle had me feel the back flippers of the little pup.
She said the temperature of them should be the same as my hand.
Well, to me, they seemed warmer, so she had me pour some fresh cold water over the two back flippers so that the pup didn*t overheat on the trip in.
i had never been asked to do this before.
The little fellas was NOT impressed when i poured the cold water over.
But obviously overheating was a big concern for Marielle.
We transferred the tub to Jim*s boat & he was off to Deep Bay, a fifteen minute trip, he said, to meet a volunteer who was driving up from Nanaimo to meet him!
That man would get the pup down to the ferry at Saltspring & likely another volunteer would be there waiting to take the pup to the center.
The other pup was already there & in care.
i had hoped we might catch Norm with two pups at once, but no such luck.
Good luck little pups!
You are in EXCELLENT care now & will be released when you are nice & fat & ready with other pups that you have been cared for with!

i have a small foot/sandal, just to give some comparison of how tiny this one is.
july 10 2017 17:43 - Seal pup rescue
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link to my fotos page -  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on July 11, 2017, 04:10:09 PM
What a wonderful system of transport  thank you for the report booni  :heart
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 11, 2017, 04:23:18 PM
I'm glad the two baby seals were found and that you were able to make arrangements for them to be taken to rehab. H.E.A.R.T is special, booni, thanks to you and the others who help.   :heart

When we heard a helicopter yesterday, I wondered if that was Norm?!  Nice to know that he still is taking the birds, seals and other wildlife to the places where they can get the care they need.   :thumbup:

It takes more than a village to rescue those in urgent need.

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on July 11, 2017, 08:06:36 PM

 :thumbup: HEART :heart :heart :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on July 11, 2017, 09:15:50 PM
Thank you all involved.... good luck little ones, I know your in good hands now.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2017, 08:56:50 AM
One of the rescuers called Saltspring to see how our pup was doing!
Turns out the Seal pup is female!
Was premature, born maybe 7-10 days before she was finally found.
She still had the umbilical cord, though i peeked & didn*t see it.
She was severely dehydrated.
You can tell that in the foto because they usually have wet rings around their eyes when they are hydrated properly.
She is needing tube feeds at this point, til she can handle Fish.
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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2017, 07:45:27 AM
sunday morning Reg called me from MARS.
A *Kestrel* had been spotted down at Grassy Point.
He was quite excited, as there had only been one Kestrel at MARS so far.
i suggested this was probably a Merlin, i don*t think we have Kestrels here?
& i told him about the Nest & pair that we hear & see on the webcam.
i called the man who had spotted the Bird.
He was walking with his dog & spotted the Bird perched on fence post.
The Bird didn*t move when his dog approached, & he thought there was something wrong with one of the wings.
i asked if he could show me the Bird but he was leaving & couldn*t come.
So i gathered a cat kennel, a towel to line it with & another to cover it, & a light net.
i looked up down & sideways in the area he described to me, which was very clear, & asked everyone i saw, but could not find the Merlin anywhere.
i returned a bit later & searched again, but no luck.
When i reported this to Reg, he suggested to keep checking.
Next day, last evening, i was just eating my dinner here when i heard someone calling my name from my driveway.
My friend was coming home from swimming & she had passed a family on the side of the road all gathered around a small Bird that seemed unwell, & wondering what to do.
So she came & got me.
We went back down there together & sure enough there was a woman & her three young daughters, all wrapped in swim towels, down on the ground gathered around a beautiful Merlin who was just standing there.
i*m thinking this is one of the fledglings from the pair we see & hear on the webcam all the time chasing Dad & Em.
They said the youngster had been nodding off while they watched, the poor thing.
i had them all help me herd the Merlin with their towels to keep the little one from getting away onto the road.
Well, the little Merlin headed right into the bush, which was what i wanted, to get them up against the bush where they couldn*t get away.
But the Merlin was so small, she just darted into the bush & under & was running away so fast!
i had no idea they could run so fast, or that they would head under the bushes.
So, the chase was on.
The Merlin knew she was safer in the brush, & we were all having a hard time keeping up with how fast she could run.
At one point we had her up against a wire fence with small squares, but she squeezed through one of the squares!
So i went all the way around & through the bush back towards the fence.
The Merlin was perched off the ground on a branch.
i told my friend to just throw her towel over top but the Merlin darted away again & back towards the fence & started to squeeze through again!
i went after her with my little towel & was finally able to catch her as she was trying to squeeze through to the other side.
Everyone was greatly relieved to see the Merlin in hand.
& what a beauty.
She spent the night resting in the covered kennel & i advertised on the Hornby facebook page for a ride in to town.
Luck was on our side.
Our Fire Chief was taking one of the trucks in for service & he would take the Merlin right in to MARS after he dropped the truck off!
i met him at the old Fire Hall this morning & he seat belted the kennel into the passenger seat of the truck & softly closed the door.
He was heading off on the first ferry & will be on the boat, hopefully if the lineup isn*t too long, as i type.
i*ll call MARS when they open & give them the heads up that the Merlin is coming, also i will call Reg.
He will be pleased that we found the Merlin after all.
Good luck little beauty.
i hope you will be released back with your family soon.
july 17 2017 20:02 - Merlin fledgling rescue
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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2017, 09:30:44 PM

A report from our Fire Chief about what they said about the Merlin we rescued last evening.

 They say he/she has a broken radius or ulna in right wing with some pretty serious bruising. He didn't think the injury was in the joint which is great news. The bird also has a parasite that they commonly catch from eating pigeons and some other kind of black fly that lives in their feathers. All in all he seems kind of sick but will probably get better with some medicine, a pin in his wing bone, and some TLC.

& here is a foto from last evening that the family took of the Merlin on the side of the road.

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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on July 18, 2017, 10:02:21 PM
What a cutie, sure hope he does well and can be released soon as he is better!! Thanks to all involved and of course a huge thanks to Booni.... I love HEART... great work!!!
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on July 31, 2017, 08:57:14 AM
Marielle, the veterinarian from Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre - Marine Mammal Rescue, called me about a Seal pup caught in the rocks down at Heron Rocks!
i gathered my tub, towels, phone numbers & camera & drove down there.
i was worried no one would know what i was talking about when i got to the office for the campsite down there, & then where would i begin too look for the pup?
Especially if he or she is tucked down into a crevice somewhere.
Fortunately there was someone in the office who knew me & knew why i had come.
She took me down to where the pup had been trapped.
But first i was told by one of the campers that she had dumped cold water on the pup because he looked *desiccated*, which is NOT what you are supposed to do which i told her, but she was an expert & assured the campsite manager behind my back that the Seal pup was just fine.
Here we go.
How can she possibly know that the Seal pup in the hot sun alone & unfed is just fine.
& she says so with such assurance.
A few years ago we rescued a pup from the hot baking sun after a woman with a special needs son had sat with him & argued all day with the campers who assured her all was well & she should just leave the pup alone.
She was a nurse & she just knew something was wrong.
After battling with these people all day Marielle told me to just go in there, don*t talk to anybody, just get the pup out.
i forget if this one died of stress hunger & dehydration before they could even be delivered to IWNCC?
& of course the campers were telling me that the mother was swimming around after crying for her baby that we stole from her.
Marielle chuckled about that, saying adult Seals don*t cry, only the pups vocalize.
When we got there, two men were there watching, & the pup was no longer trapped.
It turns out that they had moved one of the rocks so that the pup could get out.
Both of them were sure that the mother had left the pup there & would be back.
One even was regretting letting the pup out, believing that the mother had stored the pup there on purpose to hide him.
& one of the guys was one of the people who argued, he said *discussed* with the woman with the special needs son & here he was now arguing/discussing with me.
i try to stay calm.
i try to answer their concerns.
But people don*t listen.
They think they know what is right already.
So i tell them to ask Marielle over the phone, & she gives them the long answers, such as, no Harbour Seal pups are not hidden in the rocks by their mothers, no, touching them will not stop the mother from caring from them if she returns, & no, this is not a zoo, this is a hospital, the pups are given the best of care & are released to the wild again once they are healthy.
Fortunately there is a caring woman there as well, who mostly gets it.
i tell her to let Marielle address her concerns over the phone, after feeling like my answers are not convincing her.
Meanwhile, the pup is crying & moving himself along the beach.
i pick up the pup, he is surprisingly heavy! get the pup into the tub & the woman takes fotos of the pup & sends them to Marielle via her cellphone.
Marielle wants to know if there is any injury or swelling from being trapped in the rocks.
To us, all the flippers look fine.
She wants a foto of the face, the whole body, & the umbilical cord which appeared to be bleeding fresh blood.
We get all the fotos to Marielle, who calls us back on the woman*s cellphone.
She thinks the pup looks in good health, is a good weight, was perhaps just born & has not had time to lose the nice weight he was born with.
Surprise surprise, she tells me to put the pup back where we found him, facing the water, in some shade.
i assure her there is no shade.
It is hot hot too.
We are to stay 100' away & observe the pup.
Don*t put him in the water, don*t dump water on him, let him rest if that is what he does, let him go in the water if that is what he does.
The tide is coming in.
The woman has to leave, & feels bad that she does, but assures Marielle & myself that she will come back & keep an eye on the pup.
i stay around & watch the pup for over an hour.
There is a cat there also watching the pup!
Which has me worried, because at a few points the cat looked as though to stalk & pounce on the pup.
i make some noises that startle the cat & snap him out of it & at some point the cat goes back home to the manager*s cabin, i hope.
Finally one of the men come back with two girls.
He is the one who Marielle assured that the mother would not tuck the pup into a rock to hide him.
i talk to the girls for a bit, try to engage them in the situation, tell them to stay 100' away, to not dump water on the pup or put him in the water & to keep an eye on the cat, then i lug my gear back to the car.
Now i wait to hear from the campers or Marielle today.
Here are some of the assessment videos i took yesterday evening.
The first one shows you the pup suckling the side of the tub!
The poor thing.
Listen to the suction he creates!
& notice the saliva created, which hopefully indicates a good level of hydration.
You can also see the fresh blood on the white towel, likely from dragging the umbilical cord over the rocks & barnacles.
july 30 2017 17:57 - Harbour Seal pup suckling tub

Wanting to show Marielle what the pup got up to, & how feisty & mobile he is.

july 30 2017 18:58 - Harbour Seal pup


Looking desperately for something to suckle.

july 30 2017 19:01 - Harbour Seal pup


july 30 2017 19:09 - Harbour Seal pup

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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on August 01, 2017, 02:09:15 AM
It must be discouraging to try to educate the masses but even if you  only educate a few the world becomes a bit better - keep hanging in there - what you do is so very important!  :nod2
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 01, 2017, 08:06:03 PM
Thank you for sharing this story with us, booni!  The animals and birds are very fortunate that both you and wren are ready to help them!   :grouphug
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on August 01, 2017, 11:00:36 PM
Awww the poor wee thing.... hope he/she is okay and Mom returned .... any word Booni. Thanks for all you do, and I am sure it gets frustrating at times dealing with people.
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on August 08, 2017, 09:24:30 AM
Marielle & i didn*t believe that Heron Rocks pup had a Mum, else he wouldn*t be on the shore with people & dogs & a cat.
The Mums keep their pups with them, close, out on the rocks where it is safe.
But that pup hasn*t been spotted again, darnit.
& you can tell in the video that he is very hungry.
i think if i had been able to show Marielle my footage, she would have had me rescue that pup.
As it was, she only had crummy cell phone fotos to go by, & my assessment.

Yesterday i was sitting inside knitting a sock & getting a bit cool, trying to decide where to take Otto for a walk where there would be no people, & the phone rang.
It was Marielle & she was very surprised that i actually answered the phone.
People visiting Hornby were out at Helliwell somewhere & had spotted a Seal pup alone on the shore way up at high tide in the hot sun.
My heart dropped, because Helliwell is huge, there is so much shore, & finding a pup somewhere has been very difficult, even impossible.
But it was the pup*s lucky day.
One of the pair would meet me in the parking lot of Helliwell, next to the outhouse, her partner stayed with the pup & tried to move him to shade!
Well, there she was waiting for me when i got there, so i had help lugging the tub all the way out to where the pup was.
i never would have found this pup without their help, & it was lucky lucky that he was spotted.
They had taken a path off to the left, through the yellow grass towards Whaling Station & had spotted the pup on the shore.
They eventually got the number for IWNCC, & Marielle told them what to do.
There was the man waiting with the pup.
They had no cell reception out there, so were unable to send a foto to Marielle, who can tell a LOT from a foto.
So she was counting on my assessment of the pup.
She said, you have seen Seal pups, you know what to look for.
i took assessment fotos while i tried to decide what to do.
Meanwhile Marielle was on the phone talking to me.
We decided the pup needed rescue.
Well, once again, i was grateful to this couple who had spotted this pup in the first place & knew enough to try to call for help & advice, but also i was SO GRATEFUL that they carried the tub out with the pup in it!
i don*t know what i would have done on my own.
i picked up the pup with a towel over the head & it is always amazing how such a tiny thing can be so heavy.
i need to devise some sort of sling for this work, as the tub is very cumbersome, even for two to carry.
Just lugging my camera & the spare towels had me huffing & puffing & sweating, keeping up to these younger two carrying the heavy awkward tub.
They were sad to leave the pup, & took many fotos as we loaded him into my van.
Meanwhile Marielle had arranged for Jim Funk*s Water Taxi to be waiting for me at Ford Cove.
She wanted me to pour some water on the pup, first over the back flippers, & if he didn*t freak out, over the rest of him.
She wanted him to cool for a bit in an inch or two of water, but not to aspirate any!
i decided to head straight for Ford Cove & Jim & i did the water treatment right there on the dock next to the boat, which was ready & waiting.
i then sponged out the water & left the pup on the wet towel, & we loaded him into the boat.
By the time i got back to my van, Jim was already heading out.
Marielle arranges someone to meet Jim at Deep Bay, where they transfer the pup to another tub for the trip to where the lineup for the Saltspring ferry is.
What a wonderful system, that works every time.
Marielle was yawning.
She was so tired & said she needed a week off.
Yet she eagerly takes on this new pup, who needs our help.
i wrote to Marielle last night, worrying whether i had made the right decision to nab this pup.

Marielle, did i make the right decision to send you that pup today?

She replied - Absolutely! He is 22 lbs, and 10 to 14 days old (judging by the lack of umbilical cord and the teeth) very long and very thin. He is basically just skin over bones. He could get even skinnier but this is a very thin pup.

Orphan . 200% sure

Thank you again for doing this!


august 7 2017 15:05 - lone Harbour Seal pup
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They make such endearing cries.
The adults never speak.

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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on August 08, 2017, 10:10:17 PM
Thanks Booni for all you do, you are so wise and you do know if an animal needs help or not. I would put my faith in you any day!!! I am so glad you were able to help it and I also am thankful you had help. That would have been a job and a half trying to do that yourself. Yes, it is too bad about the one at Heron Rock, but you had a lot of interference their also. Wish people who don't know would mine their own business... they may mean well, but if you don't know keep quiet!!... Again thanks for all you do... Hornby is a better place for animals with you there!!!
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 08, 2017, 10:30:16 PM
Thank goodness the pup was found and you had help when you rescued him, booni! The arrangements to get him to rehab worked so well.   :thumbup:

Hopefully, he will be able to gain weight and recover.  A mother seal's milk is rich so a pup can gain weight fast.

H.E.A.R.T. to the rescue!   :heart
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on August 09, 2017, 03:28:37 AM
 :heart :heart :heart HEART critically important work
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on August 09, 2017, 06:54:38 PM
If you can believe it, another Seal pup rescue!
i*d had a busy day & was invited out for dinner.
It was hot & it was looking like i might get to sit & rest for half an hour & knit before having to go out again.
But i*d gotten a call about a small Seal pup on *North Beach*, which i*d never heard of.
It is near impossible to find a pup without the help of the person who first spots them.
To me North Beach was Collishaw, which would be a HUGE hot area & a long walk to have to search.
So i*d been calling & calling the fella, hoping to reach him fast, as i*d only just missed him & it sounded like he was leaving the area & he said the tide was coming in.
i kept getting his voice mail.
Just as i was getting close to being able to sit for a bit the phone rang & it was him!
He*d been busy with his Hornby Festival duties & would be busy again soon, yet he said yes, he would show me where he*d seen the pup, even though it had been hours & the tide was coming in.
It seemed hopeless, but i at least wanted to know where the pup had been.
So i met him there & he immediately took the tub from me & set off down the hill to the beach.
Yay, a helper!
Once we got to the beach, he pointed, & oh, yes, there was a Seal, but to me this looked more like a regular sized Seal!
You don*t usually see them on the shore like this?
This was something different.
i asked him if he had his cell phone with him but he didn*t, so said he would go back up the hill to get it!
Wow, to be young & energetic again.
Meanwhile i started photographing the Seal, trying to figure out what was going on.
august 8 2017 17:46 - lone Harbour Seal pup
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The closer i got, as i took fotos, the smaller the little guy got.
This was just a tiny pup!
Look how noticeable the shape of the skull is.
That should be all fat & filled out there where you can see the neck.
& you can see how thin the body is.
The area of the body just before the back flippers is thin, too, you can almost see the hip bones here.
Not good.
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i think there should be wet circles in the fur around their eyes, if they are properly hydrated.
The shape of the skull under the skin shouldn*t be so noticeable.
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Having a yawn in spite of it all.
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He seemed to be humping along the shore, keeping higher than the tide coming in.
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My helper has come back with his cell phone.
i tell him i am going to walk out to the water & circle in to the pup in case he makes a run for the water.
Which he doesn*t.
i pop the towel over him & pick him up & he yowls.
i am amazed at how light he is.
Usually it is shocking how heavy such a little thing is.
i pop him in the tub & call Marielle via my helper & she calls us back.
She begins to arrange transport.
i take this little video of him trying to suckle his own tail!
Marielle says they do that.

august 8 2017 18:01 - lone Harbour Seal pup


My lovely helper once again grabs the tub & scampers up the hill with it, barefoot by the way, while i huff & puff after him carrying the bits & pieces.
We get to the car & Marielle is having trouble reaching Jim Funk with his Water Taxi.
i tell her i will stop at his home then head towards Ford Cove.
It is 6pm & i am expected for dinner, but Marielle has arranged for the pup to be picked up at Deep Bay at 7 & we need to find Jim!
& my helper has to go before the Co-Op closes!
He kindly lets me keep his phone so that Marielle can call me back & we agree to meet at the Co-op on the road to Ford Cove.
Well you*ll never guess who was just getting in his car there!
Jim Funk!
He goes home & i tell him to call Marielle & tell her we are on for the meeting at Deep Bay at 7.
Jim starts second guessing my nabbing of the pup, saying i should have waited a few more days, the pup looked fine, so now i am worrying.
But the more he looks at the pup the more he sees how thin & tiny he is.
& off he goes again.

i wrote to Marielle this morning - What was your assessment of this one Marielle?
Did i do the right thing?

She replied - 300%
16 lbs, half of birth weight



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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on August 09, 2017, 07:06:48 PM

i e-mailed Reg today because i was reminded of our lovely little Merlin we*d rescued who had a broken wing.
Someone had spotted who was likely a sibling, down at Hidden Beach, on a rock.
She was able to approach & hang out with him for quite a while before he flew off & landed on a log on the beach.
He then hung out there even as she approached.
She thought this a bit strange & wanted to show me fotos.
So i showed her fotos of the Merlin we rescued & she said that was the kind of Bird she saw.
She will keep looking for him.
So this reminded me of our Merlin.
Well, three seconds after i sent the e-mail, the phone rang, & it was Reg!
It turned out putting a rod in wasn*t necessary.
Reg had wing wrapped the Merlin & had aligned the bones perfectly.
Now the bones were knitted perfectly but the Merlin isn*t flying well & maybe needs Reg to give some physio to get the wing strong again.
Reg is on a much deserved break right now.
This seemed a long time to me for wing recovery, the song Birds knit so fast, i thought, but Reg assured me this was actually quite a quick repair.

Then Reg mentioned the Wiig Eaglet was being sent back from OWL for release!
They were wanting to release him on Hornby but Reg thought that wasn*t a good idea & i agreed.
All the youngsters & adults & pairs are leaving now for the Salmon spawning Rivers, so his family won*t be here & there is no food.
Reg said he would prefer to release him where the other Eagles are in Campbell River where there are Pink Salmon running now.
i agreed.
Apparently he asked OWL to connect with Aaron, who had rescued the youngster, about the Eaglet, so i wrote to Aaron right away & explained how Hornby would not be the place to release this youngster right now.
He agreed that Campbell River would be better.
So perhaps we will hear back from Aaron some day about the release of this little fella!
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on August 09, 2017, 08:08:41 PM
Fantastic!!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on August 09, 2017, 09:44:01 PM
Wow Booni.... busy girl.... and I know nothing about seals but yes that seal pup looked thin to me ..poor wee thing. Thanks again for all you do, so glad again you had a helper, that makes thing so much easier.  Wishing the Merlin and the Eaglet much success. I know Reg. will really work on the Merlin and if anyone can help it... he can.

Thanks again.... your terrific!!!
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 09, 2017, 11:14:12 PM
H.E.A.RT. is almost like a full time job lately, booni.  It's great that Jim was right where you could see him!   :nod2   

I'm glad you had a good helper who seemed to really want to assist you with the pup.   :eclove
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on August 10, 2017, 02:13:51 AM
So many acts of human kindness and caring! :eclove  This is what I want to be watching on the 6:00 news :nod2 - instead of all the garbage! :ohno
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 10, 2017, 10:58:58 PM
Thank you for the update, booni.  I hope the Merlin will heal and recover well, with help.   Lots of issues to handle for him in rehab.   :goodluck
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: winterwren on August 26, 2017, 07:12:11 PM
Thanks Cali for posting the news on the chat! From checking in at a weird random time, I was able to get the news of our little Merlin's release. I got to Grassy Point in good time to clear the landing zone of anything that might have flown around as Norm Snihur landed his trusty little helicopter, bringing the Merlin back home.

August 26, 1:37 pm
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The Merlin was in this little box... Norm gently tipped it so the lid, when removed, would be more like a side door.
Click on the picture and look carefully... the Merlin has a band on his right leg! A temporary one maybe?
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So many curious people nearby... The Merlin hesitated for almost a minute, looking out of the box, his feet still grabbing onto the towel.
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Then he was off, too fast for a photo!

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: winterwren on August 26, 2017, 09:54:05 PM
Everyone was looking at that cool little helicopter, and Norm had us sitting in it to see how it would feel. But soon I started hearing that Merlin calling!

So I just wandered away from the crowd... Followed my ears... to His and Hers Tree. He's in a shady area, blending in.

The Merlin looked very restless, looking all around, bobbing his head forward as if he was about to take flight.
On these pictures we get glimpses of the bright-red leg band again.
August 26, 1:48 pm 
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Every so often he would flap his wings, just like an eaglet developing flight muscles while still in the nest.
In this photo he's flapping and scratching at the same time...
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Calling again.
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And more flapping. What a beautiful bird.  :eclove

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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 26, 2017, 10:07:26 PM
What good news, wren!   Thank you for your photos and for letting us know.  Norm is a wonderful man.    :eclove
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: winterwren on August 26, 2017, 10:12:17 PM
This pair of photos really reminds me of the way eaglets wingercize in the nest. The Merlin is getting definite lift, flapping into the incoming breeze, but still holds on to the perch with one foot.

August 26, 1:58 pm
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The Merlin has now been here for twenty minutes after a brief circle flight out of his transport box.
Meanwhile Booni is taking videos, and people are still milling around the helicopter. For a while I've been hearing some strange breathy-raspy sounds from over the water every so often; at first I thought it might be loads of rocks being sent down a chute way out at the quarry on Texada, but another part of me knows full well what it is... I'm worried about losing sight of the Merlin but finally I glance at the water just in time to see it...
A humpback whale!

It sounds and is gone. Just like that, disappeared, not heard or seen again. They do that.

Title: Re: 2017
Post by: winterwren on August 26, 2017, 10:38:52 PM
More Merlin photos! Still in His-and-Hers Tree
Flapping again, then kind of awkwardly flap-walking to another branch. Very fledgling-like, which I suppose this one still is, with the delays from a broken wing!
August 26, 1:59 pm
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Beautiful tail fan...

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Walking to the next branch here. That red leg band is clearly visible.

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Calling again. I don't know if the other Merlins are still around. There were no answering calls.
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Moving further behind the tree now. My last clear view. He's now facing away from us and stands with his body horizontal, again flapping and stepping.
2 pm
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Meanwhile Norm is doing his walk-around, clearing the area for takeoff. I worry about the Merlin's reaction to the noise. But just before Norm starts his engine, the Merlin makes his move and finally does his second flight - across the point, to a tree closer to the Woodpecker tree. There he remains right through the helicopter's takeoff. Then off he flies toward Hidden Beach, but maybe only as far as the next tree, it was hard to tell.

Fly safely, little Merlin!  :heart
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on August 27, 2017, 03:19:43 AM
Thank you for that wonderful story and the accompnying photos Wren. :eclove  A gorgeous bird for sure and a bright future it seems.  :nod2  Im always so grateful to the many caring folks who make it all possible.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on August 28, 2017, 08:42:53 AM
i*d gotten a call asking me to try to arrange transport for the rehabilitated Merlin fledgling that we*d rescued with a broken wing back in july i think it was.
Next thing i knew, Norm was going to deliver the Merlin right to Grassy Point & could i meet him?
Well sure!
i was running around getting things done, planning on getting there early as i seem to remember Norm being early in the past, when i heard a helicopter already coming in to Grassy Point!
i hauled down there & left poor Otto howling in the car & arrived just as Norm was getting out of the helicopter & asking for barb.
i had hoped to try to find the family who had found the Merlin to get them to do the release but Norm*s early arrival left me with no time for that, darnit.
i said to Norm, you*re early!
He said, i had a tail wind, nothing you can do about that!
He*s such a sweetie.
He asked me to do the release as he has done hundreds, or was it thousands?
i said i would rather film, & no one else jumped forward, so Norm did the release himself.
His helicopter, which he maintains & fuels from his own pocket, never mind all the time spent, is in the background of the release.
There was bright glare so i couldn*t tell whether i*d managed to follow the Merlin on their release, but it turns out i*d followed pretty well, so now i wish i*d kept going as the Merlin did a loop & landed in the His & Hers Tree!
i wished i*d had a cell phone so that people could have spotted the Merlin from the cam!
august 26 2017 13:45 - rescued rehabbed Merlin fledgling released by Norm Snihur

i wanted to go photograph the Merlin, but didn*t want to be rude & run off on Norm!
But he was happy chatting away with people so i finally snuck off & got this video.
The Merlin did a lot of calling & flapping while here.

august 26 2017 13:59 - rescued rehabbed Merlin fledgling


Okay, time for Norm to go!
This video is very loud.

august 26 2017 14:05 - Norm Snihur revs up to leave


august 26 2017 14:07 - Norm Snihur leaves Grassy Point

link to my fotos page - 
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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Cawatcher on August 28, 2017, 09:00:00 AM
super series Wren and booni!!! Thanks Norm!  HEART Rocks!  :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on August 28, 2017, 09:12:20 AM
august 26 2017 13:49 - Norm shares his helicopter

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A few fotos i managed to nab before i had to run back down the hill to Norm.
i couldn*t see my monitor at all, so wasn*t expecting these half decent fotos.
The Merlin does indeed seem to be wearing a temporary band!
So we might spot this one again til the band is removed or falls away.
august 26 2017 13:59 - rehabbed Merlin fledgling
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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on August 28, 2017, 09:15:01 AM
august 26 2017 14:00 - rehabbed Merlin fledgling
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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: jeavverhey on August 29, 2017, 03:28:14 AM
great photos of a a beautiful bird Booni  - wonderful effort by all concerned
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Donnae on August 30, 2017, 09:33:17 PM
Wonderful photos Booni... so glad all turned out well. Beautiful bird and I did notice the orange coloured band, should be easy to spot.
Norm is an amazing man, so dedicated to wildlife... you got to love him!!!!! Thanks Norm for all you do.... and Booni, thank you for all you do too!!! xoxo
Title: Re: 2017
Post by: boonibarb on September 17, 2017, 10:31:45 AM
i was at work & we noticed that a lovely Orange-crowned Warbler had hit a window.
They were in a safe spot in the shade, so i just kept monitoring their situation & took these assessment fotos.
Not looking too good at first.
august 30 2017 13:11 - Orange-crowned Warbler
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A wrench to the left for size comparison.
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Final foto.
Recovery took at least 10 minutes.
Seemed a LOT longer at the time.

august 30 2017 13:21 - Orange-crowned Warbler

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Title: Re: 2017
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 17, 2017, 10:31:20 PM
Hope the bird is okay, booni.   :binocs