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Around Hornby Island => HEART: Hornby Eagle Advanced Response Team => Topic started by: boonibarb on January 23, 2020, 06:54:48 PM

Title: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on January 23, 2020, 06:54:48 PM
HEART rescues in 2020

Thank you to our Hornby first responders!

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on January 23, 2020, 07:21:23 PM
i was just settling in for some afternoon puzzle time when the phone rang.
People near me had heard Eagle sounds in their yard & found one face down with wings spread in their yard.
The Eagle was making strange calls, which is what alerted them.
i told them to call MARS & see what they said.
i asked if perhaps there were two Eagles?
They only saw one.
i said sometimes they challenge each other & grab each others* feet & spin earthwards.
Hopefully they let go before crashing, but sometimes they are so wound up that they don*t let go & crash into the Trees or the ground.
Meantime, i gathered my capture gear & loaded it into the van.
They called back to say the Eagle had gotten up with difficulty & flown away with difficulty.
But then they discovered another had been underneath the whole time!
& that one was splayed out on their back & not getting up.
When they called MARS they said to capture the Eagle.
So i went to have a look.
This is what we found.

january 23 2020 14:30 - down Eagle

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Look at all the down feathers everywhere.
The one foot is grasping a Salal branch.
The wings are kind of tangled in Salal, too.
The feet have blood on them & maybe some gashes.
When i move in to put a towel over the head the head lunges at me & i jump back.
But the wings & feet don*t move.
The beak is open with stress & i see blood on the tongue & in the throat.
i move in again & place a towel over the face.
The Eagle is beaking the towel from below, but the towel stays put.
i drape a second towel over top.
i ask my helper to make sure the head stays covered with the towel while i reach in with gloves & grab each foot.
i start to pull from the feet but the Eagle is tangled in the Salal.
So we free the wings & tuck them in & then i am able to draw the Eagle out from the Salal.
We pick up the Eagle, she is keeping the head covered, & tuck them, towels & all, into the kennel.
i tip the kennel a bit to slide the Eagle in a bit further & i think this startles them & they stand up.
So they are able to stand.
i was wondering.
We lock the kennel & there is already a blanket over it so i draw it over the door & then we carry it to the van.
How to get them to MARS.
The woman needs to go to the School to get one of her kids & then she says that the teachers will be going for the four ferry!
It is 3pm.
We go to the School & the music teacher is game to meet MARS at Buckley Bay!
So i call MARS & arrange for them to meet him there.

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2020, 08:17:17 AM
i got two calls last evening from the people who discovered the down Eagles.
MARS had called them to get more details about what had happened to this Eagle.
They wondered if electrocution or what.
i guess in the flurry of calls the story never got told.
They found the Eagle had a HUGE amount of bruising, & wondered why.
The Eagle was likely a male, small.
He had gashes to his head & a big gash on his chest.
There was blood in the mouth & throat & in the nares.
It sounded likely that he will do well!
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: jeavverhey on January 25, 2020, 03:26:52 AM
 :whistle that sounds like a miracle! Thanks for  HEART and all you do Booni  :eclove And thanks to all those who help as well.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2020, 09:06:11 AM
i called MARS yesterday to see how our Eagle was doing.
Our Eagle is patient # 035 for 2020.
She said he was getting antibiotics & has pain medications for pain in one shoulder.
He has a throat infection called trich.
He also has cuts & bleeding in the mouth, likely from the other Eagle*s beak.
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on February 21, 2020, 07:36:06 AM
i got a call from MARS that this Eagle was ready for release!
The people who originally spotted the Eagles was willing to go in & pick him up.
He is afraid of Birds, so this was quite the adventure for him.
There was quite a group of parents & children gathered when he arrived back home with the Eagle in the back of his car.
i had scouted out an area where the kennel could be placed with the back against a car & the open door looked out on a good sized field that sloped up hill for the Eagle to escape to.
He had been banging around inside the kennel going across Denman & you can see the kennel shaking as he bangs around some more before his release.
MARS was glad we took him off their hands as he was a bit of a dominant trouble maker.
They also said he was in such poor condition that he wouldn*t*ve survived more than three days had we not rescued him.

february 20 2020 15:23 - Eagle release

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: Cawatcher on February 21, 2020, 07:44:20 AM
Fabulous Thank you booni .. he sure wanted out off there and great tracking!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 21, 2020, 12:12:22 PM
Boy what a great release and what a great time to get released !!!!!!
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on June 30, 2020, 09:06:38 AM
A fella who lives near me heard from the Eagle release neighbours i wrote about above that i was the one to call about a baby Bird he found crawling around his yard.
i told him it was often a normal stage for some fledglings to be on the ground with their parents still feeding them til they developed further.
But i wasn*t sure what kind of Bird he was describing.
If the parents are still there & caring for them, best to leave well enough alone.
So i asked him to take a foto & then call MARS to see what they said.
Well, next i got a call from MARS saying this was a Swallow & that they were far too young to be down on the ground like this so could i care for them til we could get the nestling to MARS?
She told me what to do, so i phoned the guy back & he brought the nestling over in a small box with wood shavings & a cap of water & some ground up flax seed.
i got a fresh box & lined it with a dry cloth & popped the youngster in there.
MARS said to keep them warm.
It had been a cold wet day for a Bird like this to be out of their Nest & crawling around on the wet ground, so fortunately i had my fire going & it was nice & warm in the house.
The lovely little thing dried out & dropped all the pieces of wood shavings stuck to them & went to sleep.
i wasn*t sure how to get them to gape so i could pop some food in there, but we gradually figured it out & they were happy to just snuggle up to the side of the cloth & sleep.
i was supposed to feed every fifteen minutes but i did not manage to do that.
But any time the Bird gaped i would pop some food in there.
She said she puts her Birds to sleep around 8, but since it had been such a long hard day for this one i kept feeding til i went to bed.
i started advertising right away for a ride into town first thing next morning, but no one was responding!
Next morning i woke at 5 & was just enjoying lying there when i remembered SWALLOW!
So i got up to check.
i could hear the youngster calling but they were not in the box!
Finally found that they had gotten out somehow, crawled across the table, pooped on a kleenex i had there, then snuggled up against the red towel i have over my camera!
Good thing they hadn*t gone over the edge of the table.
i went back to feeding whenever possible.
At first i was thinking the nestling wasn*t looking too good but they soon perked up.
Now, back to arranging a ride to town.
Still no one had replied to my two ads so i updated them, hoping to attract attention.
i was starting to panic & thought about heading for the 7:30 ferry lineup & beg a ride, which i HATE doing!
Then i realized there was no 7:30 ferry on a saturday so i decided to go for the 8 line up.
There was someone i recognized who looked like a good ask!
But, drat, she was just picking up the newspapers & heading right back.
We called MARS & they couldn*t scramble a ride to meet at Buckley Bay at such short notice.
i asked the next person in line, she was watching us & smiling, but she was headed south to meet the big ferry.
Then i asked another local but she was stopping on Denman first.
Then i realized i recognized the last couple in the line!
They live near me & i had helped them once with a dead doe that got hung in their fishnet fencing.
Well, they had a cellphone & knew where MARS was & were heading to church nearby!
So they called MARS & were arranging a meeting place at the church at 9:30.
Turned out they brought the Swallow right to MARS!  :hearts2
Well, i was in tears with it all by then.
Getting the Swallow into proper care was so important.
i don*t have the proper stuff they need to eat.
& we need our Swallows!
The insect eaters are at great risk right now.
Here is the foto i used to try to get a ride into town.
i wonder what kind of Swallow they are?

june 26 2020 18:36 - Swallow Nestling

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: Cawatcher on July 02, 2020, 06:49:13 AM
HEART! Thank you booni
 :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on July 16, 2020, 09:18:36 AM
i got a call from the same fella who had called me about Salal!
Salal was an Eaglet from Nest #20 who was down on the ground & hiding in Salal bushes.
Today the fella was calling me about a Bird that was hanging around his yard who seemed to have something wrong with their wing.
He*d been watching for a few days & finally decided to call me.
i went there with my small nets & a box with a cloth on the bottom & a light towel.
We snuck around his house so he could show me the Bird.
Turned out they were a fledgling Robin & there they were, lying down on the seat of a wooden chair.
Was hoping to nab them right there, so tiptoed in with my net & small towel, but no luck, the Bird jumped to the ground & started running towards the bushes.
Bushes can be your friend because the Bird gets up against them & then are trapped & easier to catch.
No such luck today.
The Bird was able to keep running while it was me who got stuck.
i had to go around & in another way & was begging the Robin not to go under the gate, but under they went.
Had to go through the gate & now i was in a car port & the Bird seemed to be under the car but the fella spotted them & told me to go around, but the chase was on, the Robin just kept running.
Was finally able to pop the net over the Robin in the garden next to the house.
The Robin screeched.
They got quiet when i put my towel over the net.
The fella went & got the rest of the equipment, including the box.
The Robin was not happy when i grabbed them from under the net & popped them into the box & closed the lid.
Then they got quiet.
i decided my best bet was the ferry lineup so i went straight there.
The last vehicle in the lineup was the great big delivery truck that brings all our groceries & other things to the Island.
Haven*t had much luck with delivery trucks in the past.
They just didn*t want to help, for some reason.
But this fella said he LOVES animals & would be happy to help!
He said he*d take the Robin to MARS after work!
He then hopped down & came with me to get the box.
i said i*d call MARS & give them the heads up that he was coming there around five with an injured fledgling Robin.

Two days later the fella who reported the Robin to me called to ask if i knew how the Robin was doing.
Me, i love to know, but never seem to call & ask, but he was game, so i gave him the number.
He said the Robin was #626 patient already for the year!, that the wing was wrapped & that they*d need to molt out some feathers before they were ready to be released, & things were looking good for recovery.
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2020, 09:04:41 AM
i was out til early afternoon & when i got home i found that a woman was trying to reach me about an injured Bird while i was away.
i listened to her message then called her.
She had a small Bird that hit her window & there seemed to be something wrong with the foot.
She had given the Bird a cap of sugar water.
i said it would be best to remove that & she wondered why.
i answered that Birds don*t necessarily know how to drink out of a container like that, that it might just get spilled & then dry to a crust on their feathers & just need removing somehow.
i also said we don*t know what kind of Bird this was, & at what stage of development, & so what might be best for them.
i gave her MARS*s number & asked her to call them & show them a foto & see what they said.
Well, she called me right back, saying they wanted the Bird brought in.
She offered to bring the Bird to me in the box, as she just lived around the corner.
Now to figure out how to get them to MARS mid-afternoon.
The Bird was making a loud interesting call, so maybe a Wren, i thought, but now i am wondering if they were a Starling perhaps.
It was a friday, so that meant my nice CTS truck guy was on the Island!
i called the Co-op to see if he was there, but he*d left already.
They understood quickly why i needed to reach him & happily gave me his cell number.
i called, but got his voice mail & left a message.
i figured next he would be at Ford Cove, so i called there.
She was busy at the time, but asked me to hold on while she checked.
Drat, he*d already left.
i figured his next stop would be the ferry lineup, so i hopped in the van with the Bird in the box & went down there to find him.
i got almost all the way there & suddenly there he was, coming right past me going away from the ferry!
So i turned around & the chase was on.
He turned into the road that leads to my house!
Maybe he was coming to me?
i flashed my lights from behind him, so when it was safe to do so, he pulled over & i ran up to his door.
At first i don*t think he realized who i was or what i was doing, but soon he was smiling & saying yes he*d take the Bird, could i meet him at the 3 ferry?
i convinced him to just take the Bird right away, which seemed easier.
& i said i*d call MARS & tell them he was coming by around 5 pm.
Turns out someone is there til 10pm, so there was no rush.
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2020, 10:06:21 AM
i got a call asking if i*d heard about a Seal pup found somewhere on Hornby.
i hadn*t, but said people knew to call me if they had found one.
So i kept my ears open, & kept an eye on our facebook pages.
It was quite a few days later & it was after dinner & i was winding down for the evening.
When the phone rang & i saw it was from the Seal pup rescue center, i knew i*d be going out the door immediately.
Turned out the Seal pup was at Grassy Point.
So, this is only minutes away.
i just needed to get dressed & down there.
She said the people would meet me in the parking lot.
Well, i got there, & there was no one there to meet me.
But a woman sitting in her car & a young mother on the beach had heard about the Seal pup & directed me to the location, which was just to the right of the point.
i walked that way with my tub & towel, looking for someone who was expecting me.
Finally someone noticed me & they pointed to a sort of rock cliff where the poor fella was lying.
Yikes, i have never seen one in such poor shape, so skinny & there was vomit or wounds on the face.
The fella took my tub, thankfully, & i had him stop a bit short of where the pup was perched on the ledge within an easy jump of the water.
i wanted to sneak up on him myself with the towel & be sure to get him in hand first.
i popped the towel over him & picked him up & he was putting up such a squirm i had to set him down again to get a better grip.
The fella was right there with the tub, thankfully, so i popped him in.
& the fella was happy to carry the tub to the car for me, too.
i went straight home & just as i was opening the door i heard the phone ring & ran for it.
Jim Funk is no longer here to transport the pups, so i was to go down to Ford Cove & meet Jesse Berg of Hornby Island Ocean Adventures (http://hornbyisland.com/operator/hornby-island-ocean-adventures/) instead.
i said i would head there right away.
i got down to the dock & Jesse*s boat was already running & he was ready for me.
He would head over to Deep Bay to deliver the pup to the waiting volunteers there, who would deliver the pup to another volunteer at the Saltspring ferry terminal, quite a drive away.

Jesse must have taken this foto of the pup on the way across.
i ran out the door so fast that i didn*t even think to bring my camera.
So, yay.
You can see  how skinny the pup is.
You shouldn*t see all those skin wrinkles like this, nor should the shape of his skull be so noticeable.
They are born nice & fat, & this poor fella has just been losing weight since he was born.
He also has been pecked at by Birds.
You can see one of the injuries on his nose.

july 13 2020 - Seal pup by Jesse Berg

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That same night i got an e-mail already about this pup!


I want to send a huge thank you to all of you. Thank you so so much for transporting this seal so fast. It was really a fantastic team work and it could not have been better. Even a paramedic with an ambulance could not have done faster. It was so tight to make it before the last ferry.

So thank you for all saying yes right away and doing what you all just did for this seal. Barb thank you for rescuing this pup in no time and rushing to the water taxi. Ed and Linda thank you for driving all the way to Deep Bay, that was a long drive and a late drive, and for checking on the seal. Mel thank you for going so late and driving all the way to Crofton and back and making it on time . Thank you a billion for going on the ferry, after the 2 rescues that you had already done today, and at such a late hour.

This little seal who has starved for probably 2 weeks, was attacked by birds and is barely alive, thanks to you can now have a second chance. Thanks to you. Thank you.

Now today i asked about the pup & got this back.

 HI Barb,
He is doing beautifully and improving each day. His wounds are healing and he is starting to look quite cute. I should send you a picture of before and after. Now his personality might be something else...

i asked about his personality?

yes he has wounds everywhere. I think he got traumatized by what the birds did to him. They attacked him so many times. He is just very nervous. I cant blame him. Touching his face is very very scary for him. He is still not perfect health wise, very pale and not strong, but he will recover fully.
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: Cawatcher on July 18, 2020, 10:18:30 AM
Wonderful News on the seal pup and my gosh you have been super busy booni!!  :heart HEART  :heart
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2020, 08:37:42 AM
i was thinking about our Bird that hit the window, reported above, (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1890.msg195182#msg195182) & wondering if maybe they were a Starling, so i wrote to Gyl at MARS to inquire about them.
Here is what she said.

Hi Barb,

It was a subadult warbling vireo, but unfortunately she passed away a couple of days later. She had some head trauma that we were treating. Sorry for the bad news!


Title: Re: 2020
Post by: Cawatcher on July 19, 2020, 10:57:59 AM
 :eccry Darn
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on July 27, 2020, 08:26:19 AM
There*s an update about our Seal pup who was rescued from Grassy Point!
here (https://mmrpatients.org/patient/pv2035-yoda/)

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 01, 2020, 12:11:25 PM

Wow....incredible rescues happening on Hornby!  Miigwetch booni and all involved!
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2020, 08:17:39 AM
i*d spent the day in Helliwell with a friend, searching for a Seal pup that was in need of care, & was unsuccessful.
Was just tucking into my evening when someone called & they had spotted the Seal pup!
So i had to go back.
This is a LONG walk with a wheelbarrow & a tub for the pup.
By the time i got there, the tide had come in & that pup was swimming.
i could see the umbilical cord in the water, so this was a young one, who should have been with their Mum.
But this wasn*t the pup we had been searching for.
Now it was late & i finally thought i was done for the day when i got a call from the ferry that a young woman had found an injured Pigeon!
So i had to wait a nother while before i could jump in the shower & have my evening.
She brought the poor Bird to me in her arms.
Something seemed very wrong.
i put the Bird in a covered box for a rest for the night, expecting to have a dead Bird in the morning, but in the morning they were still alive!
i opened the box & set it in the shade in the yard & when i got home, the Bird was gone!
Oops, found them sunning in the garden.
i called ajl for some help & she said this was a Rock Dove & that they are quite complicated to care for.
The Bird should not be in the Sun, but should be in a cool dark quiet place, as this looked like head trauma & maybe spinal injury.
& it looked best to get the Bird to MARS, but they hadn*t called me back since last night.
There was supposedly someone on Denman who would care for the Bird.
But finally i heard back from Gyl & yes indeed they would take this Bird.
So then i had to care for them til at least the next day & also work out a ride in to MARS.
A nice fella offered to go to town just to help out!
So i gave him money for gas & a little lunch & he came the next day & took the Dove to MARS for me!
What a relief.
Especially since the people found that Seal pup again & i had to go do a Seal pup rescue later this same day.
But that is another story.

july 25 2020 12:03 - injured Rock Dove

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2020, 01:16:46 PM
Okay, now back to the Seal pup story i started above.
We*d gotten called to look for a black Seal pup in Helliwell.
To me, that is a very different colour for a Seal pup to be.
So, should be easy to find, ha ha ha.
On july 25, my friend searched the beaches in the morning, then both her & i searched in the hot Sun all afternoon, & never found the pup.
In the parking lot as we were leaving, Hornby locals asked what we were doing with the wheelbarrow & blue tub so we explained.
Then a bit later, i got a call saying they had found the pup!
So i went running back there with the wheelbarrow & tub.
Here is the foto they got of the pup.
You can see in the upper left corner of this foto they got, that the tide was coming in.
By the time i got there, the pup was still in that exact spot, but now they were underwater.
i waded in to where they were, & could see the umbilical cord waving through the water.
So, a newborn, who should still be with their Mum for two weeks, nursing & protected.
Not the black pup we were looking for.
So, now we need to come back tomorrow & look for this same pup again.
july 24 2020 - Helliwell Seal pup by berni & jo

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i am called & asked if i am looking for this second pup on saturday the 25th of july, but i am hoping that those locals would search, instead of me.
They were very enthusiastic, & wanting to help.
i am still sore from searching yesterday, & it is not an easy search, the shores of Helliwell, & i do NOT want to fall & injure myself.
Now i can*t remember if they found the pup that day.
But the next day, july 26, they are back there looking, & i have agreed to be on call to head out there to do the capture with Aaron, if the family is successful in their search.
i had planned to go relax in the sun at the ballpark & watch a game, but instead i have to stay home & wait for the phone to ring.
It has been hours, & i am thinking i spent this hot day at home for nothing, when the phone rings.
They have found the pup again!
So Aaron & i head out there for the capture.

The pup is carefully examined, to make sure they are the same one we saw friday night, & they are.

july 26 2020 - Helliwell Seal pup by berni & jo

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We decide to take a sport bag with a towel inside, instead of the wheelbarrow & tub.
Aaron & i go roaring out there as fast as i can walk & we find the family there, watching the pup.
They must keep their distance from the pup.
Only Aaron & i are allowed to approach.
The poor family spotted the pup hours ago, but were having trouble with cellphone transmission.
So, for me, a wasted afternoon waiting for the call, but at least in the long run we had the pup in sight.
&, it wasn*t me who had to look for the pup.
The pup was in the shade of a big rock & i was able to capture with a towel easily, & i put the pup into the sport bag.
The pup still had enough oomph that they kept trying to climb out of the bag.
We called in the capture & another foto to ensure this was the same pup as two days ago, then we were good to go home again.
Fortunately, Aaron is a big strong guy, & younger than i am, & he offers to carry the pup in the sport bag to the parking lot.
Those pups are surprisingly heavy!
i was glad to only have to suffer the hot walk.

In the parking lot, we transfer the pup to the Seal pup tub & Aaron roars off to transfer the pup via his fast boat, to the next volunteer who will meet him at Deep Bay.
There is poop in the sport bag, & you can see poop on the belly of the Seal pup here.
& guess who gets to clean everything up & get it ready for the next Seal pup rescue???

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50200158732_6db0596605_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/43214021@N08/0P8aU0)

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: Cawatcher on August 07, 2020, 01:29:55 PM
((Awesome end to a  feeling that this was not going to end well.. Thank you booni for your work and sacrifice ))
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2020, 08:43:40 PM
here (https://mmrpatients.org/patient/pv2062-wolfgang/) is an update about this Seal pup!
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 08, 2020, 07:32:11 AM
& someone adopted this Seal pup in my name by making a donation!  :hearts2
august 8 2020 - certificate of adoption

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august 8 202 - rescued Seal pup wolfgang

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Title: Re: 2020
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 08, 2020, 09:29:53 PM
That is really nice !!!!
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2020, 08:56:19 AM
i got a call first thing in the morning from MARS that someone in Tribune Bay Campsite had found an injured Fawn!
They wanted to get the Fawn into care, so i said i would arrange this.
They gave me the number of the person who called, so i called her right away.
Someone had found the Fawn lying down next to their car, i think in the night.
The Fawn was unable to stand up with the back legs.
She said she would meet me at the parking lot of the campground, so i made sure i had what i needed in the van, & headed down there.
She was waiting for me at the road when i arrived, & hopped in with me so she could show me where to go.
It was very crowded & busy there!
Lots of kids & adults & cars & NOISE!
She had a fenced in trailer that we parked next to, & inside was the Fawn, hiding under a table.
As soon as we walked in there, the Fawn panicked & was trying to stand up & get away, but they could not get their back legs to work.
The Fawn was dragging themself quite quickly towards underneath the trailer, which would make it hard to capture them, so i just ran in there & stopped them by putting a towel over their head, & hanging onto the body, & they calmed down.
She brought the Seal pup tub closer so that i could pick up the Fawn & pop them in quickly.
They were VERY heavy!
i popped the Fawn in the tub & closed the lid.

Turns out she has a rescue Macaw who is so lovely!
So she showed me him & you could see their lovely bond.
He was in great condition.
She has worked at the raptor center on Vancouver Island, & definitely loves Birds.
Well, i could have watched them together all day, but i wanted to get this Fawn into care as soon as possible.
The fella who delivered the Rock Dove to MARS had called & offered to deliver the Fawn!
He gets his ferry covered for doing this, but he came by around 11:30 & didn*t bring me back the tub til 6pm, so it took him almost all day to do this.
He just wants to help, so, yay!
i drove home & waited for him to come.
i called MARS & told them i had the Fawn in hand.
She said to cover the tub, so that the Fawn isn*t alarmed by all they can see, so i did.
When i did this, there was a Doe & a Buck nibbling plants next to my driveway.
i hoped the Fawn could hear them & be comforted by the sounds.
When the fella showed up to pick up the Fawn, you could hear them trying to stand up in panic, inside the tub.
Look at the Fawn*s back legs here.
They still have spots, but they sure were not a newborn, but a well fed & well along Fawn, when whatever happened happened.

august 12 10:05 - injured Fawn

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50226066317_d16ebea1da_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jwiHED)

link to my fotos page -
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 18, 2020, 08:25:44 AM
Another Seal pup!
i had been working out in my yard & when i came in there were four messages on my voice mail.
They were all about a Seal pup, begging me to go & get them, & assuring me it was an easy capture.
i was glad to hear that, because i was tired & sore & not up for a difficult walk or search.
So, of course i went.
The place was private waterfront, the people had been watching the pup all day.
The pup was in very poor condition.
The road is a long one, & i took a chance on which direction i turned, & lucked out that it was the right way.
Turns out it was the same place i went years ago when people arrived to their place & found an *Eagle statue* on their deck!
Turned out to be one of the Eaglets from Nest #20.
Two women came out right away & helped me get the tub down their stairs to the rocky sandstone beach.
i couldn*t see the pup, who was behind the rock.
i have to wear disposable gloves & mask now, for capture, so i donned these & had my towel for over the head ready.
The women took care of bringing the tub close behind me.
The pup was right at the water, & i didn*t want to chance that they would go for it, so i just went straight up & put the towel over the head.
As soon as i pick these pups up they start squirming & become very heavy.
The women were right there with the tub to pop the pup into.
Then they helped me to get the tub back up the stairs & loaded into my van.
Jesse was already lined up to take the pup from Ford Cove over to Deep Bay.
i asked the women to call the rescue center to say i had the pup & was on my way down to Ford Cove.

i wrote later to ask whether this dark grey/black pup might have been the one we were searching for on july 24 in Helliwell, which isn*t that far away from where this pup was found.
This is the reply from the center.

 Hi Barb,

I doubt it is the same. That pup from Helliwell is long dead unfortunately. He was also injured and this one has no wound.

Thank you so much for going rescuing this little one. He sure needed help. Respiratory infection and down below birth weight.
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on August 28, 2020, 11:00:30 AM
Our Whaling Station Seal pup has finally showed up in the patient list at the Vancouver Aquarium!
here (https://mmrpatients.org/patient/pv2078-rocky/)
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 22, 2020, 07:41:17 AM

Well that took me awhile to catch up! 

booni, your work on saving these lives on Hornby is remarkable.  Knowing that trek out to Helliwell, I was exhausted reading your accounts of these rescues!

Gitchi miigwetch for all that you do.  You amaze me.
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2020, 10:33:31 AM
On monday i went out onto the front porch to dump my coffee puck into the pail & i noticed a Barred Owl perched on my front porch not 8' away from me!
i stood still & just looked at them, & they continued to perch there with me so close.
Left them to it, but kept looking out my window to check on them.
Saw the Owl go down to the ground & then climb rather than fly up into the bushes.
Every time i looked i could finally spot them in the bushes there, close to the ground, so i kept watching.
When i went outside to get on my bike & the Owl was still there, resting, with eyes closed, i called MARS to see what they said.
She thought this looked like head trauma, either hit a window or car or even flew into a Tree.
She suggested sending the Owl in.
So i went out on my bike & ran into a friend who said she*d bring her husband to help me.
i prepped the kennel with a towel inside & a blanket to put over top.
i took the net & a towel & gave each of them a towel.
i told them they were to distract the Owl while i did the capture.
The fella did a great job,  he went right into the bush & got the Owl*s attention.
The Owl looked at me, but was, like, okay, i*ve seen you, but who is this guy?
i quickly realized the Owl wasn*t going to move so i dropped the net & just went in & put the towel over the head & grabbed them by the feet.
The towel came off the head & the Owl looked at me & clacked.
It was a short distance to the kennel & the Owl went right in.
A fella i have called on before agreed to take the Owl to MARS!
What a relief for me.
Fortunately my friend suggested taking some fotos.
i hadn*t thought to do so.
When i had the Owl in hand, i could see that the left wing had an open area over the first joint & i could see right down to the bone!
i felt this Owl was in very poor shape & needed help fast.
Warned the fella that the Owl might not even make it to town alive, but the Owl was alive when he brought them in to MARS!
september 21 2020 10:30 - injured Barred Owl

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50375963127_4786b7c6c6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jKxYLp)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50375791141_5f2da4a5ce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jKx6D8)

link to my fotos page -
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2020, 11:28:54 AM
Drat, just got off the phone with MARS.
They had to euthanize the Owl.
She said the tendon was exposed in the wing & feathers kept falling out.
They think this was electrocution...
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: jeavverhey on September 24, 2020, 04:12:56 AM
 :eccry so sad - human caused suffering once more. Thank you for doing what you could Booni, and your friends as well. We have to find ways to control our human  activities and inventions in such a way that they do no harm. Meanwhile we need more humans like you. :heart
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: Cawatcher on September 24, 2020, 08:13:20 AM
Booni, I am So glad it found you,  to seek help and an unpainful death
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on October 22, 2020, 09:57:55 AM
It was a nice sunny cold day & i had been busy busy & came in the house to check the fire & first thing i did was check my phone messages, as there were two.
A fella who knew me from the past when i played softball had seen an Eagle on the beach at the edge of the Heron Rocks campsite location & they noticed the head seemed dirty & the Eagle was not budging from their perch, even when the people approached.
By the time i called the fella back, he was back home again & about to have a nice visit with the grandchildren, but i begged him to help me & meet me down there so i could find the Eagle & have their help with the capture.
We agreed to meet at the driveway next to the road where the mailboxes were.
i just leave all the capture gear in my van now, & we had a nice big kennel in there t hat i*d just been given, but i went to the cabin to get the cloth lined net & some towels, too.
By the time i arrived they were there waiting for me so i drove in & they followed me down into the campsite.
We decided on the easiest route to get in there.
Fortunately four people showed up to help me & the fellas offered to carry the kennel, which is heavy & awkward & has no handles.
We got down to the beach & there was the Eagle, perched on a log on the beach.
i got four fotos to document.
october 21 2020 16:27 - down Eagle

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50516893776_78f5de516b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jY1hxb)

Even from afar, this Eagle looked GIGANTIC.
& there was some staining around the eye that looked like dried blood.
To me this Eagle looks like she is totally done in.
i put my camera down on top of a rock & asked everyone to help me remember to come back to get it!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50516888026_66518cb3ab_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jY1fQ3)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50516168153_3552d1127f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jXWyQr)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50517046722_4e498ed3ef_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jY251b)

The beach was slippery with mud & seaweed & big logs, & the guys were having a tough time lugging the big kennel closer to the Eagle.
Even with the five of us & the equipment being so close, the Eagle was not budging.
Now, what to do.
i gave everyone towels, a fella took the lined net.
i said we wanted to surround the Eagle from all sides to stop her from running away from us.
i figured she would run into the bank, which would help us to trap her.
We all moved in.
Either i would grab her with a towel or the fella would pop the net over her.
We all got quite close & she wasn*t moving at all.
Then she suddenly made a dash to the right but the fella was able to pop the net over her.
But she managed to get out & ran to the left!
She wasn*t even trying to fly, but just using her wings to help her move.
She wasn*t gaining any height at all.
The fella was able to trap her under the net, closer to the bank.
So, we had her!
But now what.
She is under there but we can*t see her at all & are trying to guess where her head was.
i lifted the metal rim of the net & could see one great big orange set of toes & big black talons.
i put my big gloves on & lifted the net up a bit more to grab the foot when i realized there was a great big head & eye right next to the foot & a nice big sharp yellow beak, too.
So, i put the net back down.
What to do.
i asked one of the fellas if he could see a foot where he was, on the right side of the net.
He could, so i asked him to grab it.
He did!
Now i went in from the left & grabbed the left foot.
So now we had both feet.
i told the fella i would grab both feet, so now i had a foot in each hand, & the Eagle was still under the net.
He had his towel so i asked him to cover her head as the net was lifted away.
He did.
i tried to lift from the feet to carry her to the kennel but this wasn*t working, so they brought the kennel closer.
Meantime, the fella put another towel over her head & i asked him to tuck it in under her breast & help me lift her to the kennel.
So, he had the head & the upper body, i held the feet.
He said, tail first?
i said, head first, & just pop her in there, towels & all.
She went right in & the towels fell away & there she was.
We had her!
Now the fellas had the hard time of lugging her back to the cars, over the slippery & log covered beach.
i remembered my camera & one of the women spotted it, yay.
We got back to our trucks & i suggested they take the kennel right away & then they*d be ready to go in the morning.
They*d already said that they were leaving the Island the next day & would take her in even though it was quite a bit out of their way as they were heading south not north.
They said it would be better if i took the kennel & then they would come get it on the way to the ferry in the morning.
So i drove her home & she spent the night in the covered kennel in my van.
i was lying in the dark this morning & i was pretty sure i heard her banging around in the kennel!
So she made it through the night.
i was wondering if she would.
So, knowing that the people were coming soon, i just went out to my van & opened the back quietly & peeled back the cover & there she was, right at the wire door, her face on the bottom of the kennel, eye looking right at me & pupil dilated, wings open a bit, she had died...

link to my fotos page -
Title: Re: 2020
Post by: boonibarb on November 03, 2020, 08:19:29 AM
Just some back & forth follow ups about this Eagle with Gyl at MARS.

The family who helped me capture this Eagle were going to take her to MARS the next day.
But when i phoned to tell them she*d died, they didn*t want to take her in any more, since it was quite a ways out of their way.

Gyl - The feathers are very stained and very dirty and rough looking. We generally only see this extreme lack of care for the feathers when they have been electrocuted or have lead toxicity and have multiple organ damage. It's hard to tell from the photos, but any twisted, curly or burnt looking feathers would be due to an electrical shock. It looks like there may be some feathers like that in the photos. The redness and edema on the distal wings is consistent with an electrical burn as well, but I've also seen it when they are unable to stand up and so have to use their wings to move around -- this can happen with neurological damage caused by lead toxicity.


Gylaine Andersen
Manager of Wildlife Rehabilitation
MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre
PO Box 415 // 1331 Williams Beach Road
Merville, BC V0R 2M0

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 8:45 AM barb biagi <barbib@uniserve.com> wrote:

    Oh, thank you, Gyl!
    Yes, this is the second Eagle in that same spot who hit a power line.
    What is it you see with the feather quality?
    & the staining of the head & tail, that isn*t just that the Eagle is too sick to care for their feathers?

    On 10/30/2020 10:04 PM, Gylaine Andersen wrote:
>     The injuries to the wings and foot look similar to electrical injuries. Is it possible she hit a power line? My other guess would be lead toxicity, just based on the feather quality and staining.
>     Gyl

Hi Barb,

Her feathers don't look like they are in very nice condition. Did she smell like oil at all?

Lead poisoning is also a possibility. It causes damage to pretty much every organ system, and we commonly see dark green feces, and sometimes green fluid from the mouth.


Gylaine Andersen
Manager of Wildlife Rehabilitation
MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre
PO Box 415 // 1331 Williams Beach Road
Merville, BC V0R 2M0

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 12:24 PM barb biagi <barbib@uniserve.com> wrote:

    So, in my assessment, this was a HUGE adult female Eagle with very healthy feathers & body condition.
    She was VERY heavy!
    She had no sharp keel & was all hard muscle in her chest.
    There was green liquid coming from her beak, bile?
    The only injuries i found were on the tops of both wings, at the first bend, sort of the elbow?
    & both feet, particularly the left toes, had injury to them
    Here is a link to all the fotos i took yesterday.
    Please let me know if you see something.
    She had a smell, but to me it wasn*t a burnt smell.
    Maybe your familiar nose would pick it up.
    i should have take a foto of her on her back, but there was nothing remarkable that i saw.



If anyone wants to look at my assessment fotos, they are in a private album here (https://www.flickr.com/gp/43214021@N08/9G6500)

Title: Re: 2020
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 03, 2020, 05:10:35 PM

Wow... poor thing.  I am so grateful that you were able to give her a safe place to finish her journey here on this earth.