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Songbird Hospital

Don't know if I've mentioned it here yet, or not, but, in addition to working at the main site of the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, I've been doing one shift a week at the nearby Songbird Hospital, which is affiliated with the SCWR, but located at a different site (at the home of the woman who runs it and does most of the work).

I learned about the Songbird Hospital about a month ago, when I found a young crow in distress near where I park my car at home. In checking the SCWR website, I learned about the Songbird Hospital, and since crows are technically songbirds (taxonomically, if not based on the aesthetic merits of their songs :D), I decided to take him there. Well, turns out that he had a severe parasitic infection, and didn't live through his first night at the center. The silver lining for me, though, was getting in contact with the woman who runs the Songbird Hospital (her name is Veronica). I expressed an interest in doing some volunteer work there, and it turns out she is desperately in need of people to help out, so I've started helping her out feeding baby birds, and doing whatever other things need to be done at the hospital (things like sorting out mealworms, and setting up aviaries). Mostly, what I do is go from enclosure to enclosure in the main hospital room, and shove mealworms into the eager little gaping beaks of baby swallows, finches, flycatchers, thrushes and woodpeckers.

Considering how much I love birds, it's not a big surprise that I really enjoy helping out with the songbirds. :) Considering how much I love photography, it's also not a big surprise that I've taken some photos:

Young bluebird and two Pacfic slope flycatchers:

Baby bluebirds, and a robin (the robin is the large one center front):

Black phoebe:

Pygmy nuthatch:

White-throated swifts:

Northern mockingbirds:

Female Bullock's oriole:

Ash-throated flycatcher with the bluebirds and pac-slope flycatchers:


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 21st, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Great pics! Now I know that what I thought were little yellow finches that we get around here are really Bullock's orioles!
Jun. 21st, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
So much feathered cuteness! I love the convergence of your growing expertise in biology and your do-something compassion. What great stuff you're doing.
Jun. 21st, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Eeeee gorgeous!! I'm so jealous!

Any owls there, I wonder? I am most fond of owls.
Jun. 21st, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
No owls at the Songbird Hospital - she only does little birds there, no predators. (In fact, if the crow I'd brought in had survived, he'd have been transferred to the main SCWR site). BUT, we do get owls occasionally at the main site! There was a barn owl in the aviary a few weeks ago. :)
Jun. 22nd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Nice pix!

shove mealworms into the eager little gaping beaks of baby swallows, finches, flycatchers, thrushes and woodpeckers

That sounds kind of cute! (other than the part about the food being mealworms.)
Jul. 30th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Aw! So cute!

Have a great birthday weekend!
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