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    Not a pet, but ~cute~?

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    DH and I are volunteers for a bird rehab facility.

    Today, we went to a quarry where the man running the excavator had hit a burrow. Of the five nestlings, he had to euthanize one yesterday and another died overnight. We took the other three belted kingfishers, hydrated them, and took them part way to the rehab. Last summer, we shuttled a duckling, loon and eagle. I can't say it's always fun (the other hatchling I picked up this spring died at our house), but it feels good to help.

    Here they are:




    I didn't get great photos because we went in a hurry and all I had was a phone camera (and we were in transit.) Hopefully, I'll have better photos from the rehab as they grow.
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    AWE!! Adorable.

    I hope to see more pictures of them soon!
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    Their beaks are HUGE. I was really worried - hope to hear soon that they got there okay and are chowing down on some fish or crawdads.
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    I was about to ask what they would feed them.

    How old are they?
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    AWWWWWWW! How cute!


    You're so amazing helping out with this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodles View Post
    I was about to ask what they would feed them.

    How old are they?
    I know nothing about this species (so I'll have to ask at some point about their age), so I was reading up on them here:

    Belted Kingfisher, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    The facility has a pretty extensive menu/resource in terms of matching avian diets as closely as possible. They're pretty good about sharing the diets of their birds when they post pictures. They've got a healthy FB presence:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avian...81894018553252

    This guy was their 1000th intake for 2015 - he's even cuter than a kingfisher:



    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    AWWWWWWW! How cute!


    You're so amazing helping out with this!
    We're very small cogs in the process, but our location makes us unique (we're the northern end of transports south.) Many volunteers do much more because they are closer. People in our area just aren't as aware of the availability.

    I like that the facility is not discriminatory. They'll rehab starlings, crows, and pigeons just like they do red-tailed hawks, kestrels, and eagles. Last fall, someone found a young hummingbird who hadn't headed south in time. They considered shipping him to Florida, but decided to keep him all winter and he was released when the other birds returned this spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodles View Post
    I was about to ask what they would feed them.

    How old are they?
    I got an e-mail late last night confirming their arrival. Things look good! They are probably two to three weeks old and within days of fledging.
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    how cute! I think its totally awesome you do that!
    "You will never completely be at home again because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of knowing and loving people in more than one place."

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    Awwwww adorable!!!
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