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Spectacular Rescue Results
Last year Songbirds of Northern Indiana released 82% of all birds that came to their facility. Once in a while we have spectacular results in our rehabilitation efforts. Einstein, a beautiful female Orchard Oriole was found in an alley on the ground by member Kathleen Ernsberger's dog. Einstein had a terrible head injury, probably from being hit by a car. Unable to stand due to lack of balance, she was rolling around in the alley before being saved by Kathleen and brought to Pat for help.
quit rolling when she found a rug and was able to
grasp it with her toes.
Einstein on day #5
She was able to sit upright as long as her toes had something to grasp if she felt unsteady. Once she became able to feed herself, stand and perch, she graduated to the aviary where she spent a couple weeks before being released back into the wild.
Orchard orioles are seldom seen in our area as they are only in North America for a few short weeks to nest and raise their young. Then they return to Central America where they will spend the rest of the year.
While not on the endangered list, orchard oriole populations are shown to be declining by the North American Breeding Bird Survey.
Einstein enjoying the aviary just before her release
back into the wild
Brian Barn Swallow
Brian came to us as a pin-feathered youngster,
not nearly ready to fly.
Brian just before release.
Rehabilitation is Serious Business
Wild bird rehabilitators also report any signs of abuse or acts of cruelty to birds to the proper authorities.