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American Kestrel Release

We had the distinct pleasure of releasing a gorgeous young female American Kestrel this morning.  She was with us for about a month, learning to hunt and fly, and feed on her own, and she’s going to do just fine out in the wild…

Getting ready to step out

 

Perfect flight to a perfect perch

I also got a shot of our Evening Grosbeak.  He, too, will be released fairly soon…

Evening Grosbeak

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Incredibly Rare Rodent

Aplodontia rufa, commonly known as Mountain Beaver, only occurs in the northwestern Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington, and in a very narrow belt in the northeastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We got one that was hit by a car into the center the other day.

These animals are very rare.  In fact, as far as we can tell, this is the first one registered in any rehabilitation center in the state of California.  They are a “living fossil” with traits and characteristics that place them as one of the oldest living rodent species in existence.  Really interesting creatures.  Checkout this Wikipedia article for more information on this fascinating creature…

So far, I’ve only managed to get one decent photo of this guy, but I will be bringing my camera to work again tomorrow in search of a few more…

Aplodontia rufa californica--Sierra Nevada Mountain Beaver

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It’s Been a While…

I’ve been slackin’ on the posting.  Work has been incredibly busy, and I’ve had no time to go out and shoot photos.  It’s been hectic, to say the least.  But I brought the gear to work the other day, went in a couple of hours before I was scheduled, and took some shots…

Cooper's Hawk

 

Jeremy and Cindy examining a Golden Eagle

This Golden Eagle was found hopping on the ground, unable to fly.  An early exam revealed dehydration, near-emaciation, and all of his primary feathers broken on one wing.  The flesh and tendons are viable, no signs of electrocution, and was given subcutaneous fluids, and fed gently.  He is recovered well enough to be transported to a facility with on-staff veterinarians and raptor specialists, and after full-recovery, he will be brought back to us for release.

Love Dove-European Collared Dove

This dove came to us as a tiny baby.  We raised her up, big and healthy, and tried to release her, but she came back and hangs out at the center.  There are other doves in the area, and they all get along well, so we’ll let her stay…

Roadrunner

This young Roadrunner is completely wild.  He has never been a patient at the center, and doesn’t appear to be even remotely injured.  He just hangs out in the desert behind the center, and has gained enough confidence to allow us to approach him…sort of.  We don’t get closer than a few feet, but I have passed directly underneath him whilst he was perched on this branch several times, and he is less than 6″ above my head, so…pretty bold Roadrunner…

"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'"

 

First Flight of Freedom

Lenore came to us as a little nudie baby, orphaned, naked, cold, and starving.  She grew into a big, healthy, beautiful Raven.  I was quite fond of Lenore, and shared pictures of her a few weeks ago.  She’s a big girl now, and we released her the other morning to be free as she can be…

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