Double Crested Cormorant

August 14, 2012

This double crested cormorant is swimming in one of the two large pools that we have at the center in what we call Flight 1. He came in from Morro Bay on July 1st as a wee youngin’. He had a large stick pierced through his wing, and was crawling with lice. After having the…

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Black-crowned Night Heron

August 13, 2012

On July 7th, a nestling Black-crowned Night Heron was brought into the clinic. He had a large wound on his head, likely caused by another bird. He was given an antibiotic, as well some pain medication to make him feel better. And better he felt! It took no time at all for his alertness and…

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Pelicans eat WHOLE fish…

August 11, 2012

Pelicans eat fish from the ocean. Small to medium sized fish. These fish are eaten whole, and they slide down the pelican’s throat easily. They are slimy and are meant to be digested whole. However, when pelicans get into the fish carcass disposal, or worse, are FED fish carcasses, the bones and spines of the…

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What is a Fledgling?

August 10, 2012

A fledgling is a young bird that is old enough to leave the nest, but may be a few days or even weeks away from flying successfully. As the bird begins to grow the appropriate feathers and train the muscles that it needs to FLY, it is common for it to “fall” out of the…

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Is “Pelican Season” slowing down?

August 9, 2012

What’s up with all the Pelicans? An article in the Bay News and information from State Parks calls the occurrence “Transient Phenomenon”. With weather trends showing an “El Nino” effect there has not been enough bait fish to feed all those juveniles. Add the affect of humans providing a source of food from fishing, restaurants…

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Red Tailed Hawk

August 8, 2012

Our very own juvenile Red Tailed Hawk! This beautiful hawk was brought in to the center at the end of July. He was not standing, appeared to be in pain, and his pupils were dilated and he was unresponsive to light. All of these observations plus the location that the hawk was found led us…

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