Friday, July 29, 2011

Raptor Rescue at the Double Ditch Ranch

Maybe the bird was dazzled by the rainbow. Or just missed a chickadee and dove down the chimney at its usual 40 MPH

We heard it in the fireplace the next morning and called Raptor Rescue.  We expected a SWAT team with helmets, bullet proof vests and shields.  But it was mild mannered Cynthia who showed up, armed with a towel.
Cynthia dove headfirst into the fireplace
"It's OK," she beamed.  It was a Kestrel, the smallest falcon on the continent.  Only weighed around 4 ounces. Not much bigger than a sparrow.
Cynthia stretched one wing then the other and felt the raptor's legs and feet for broken bones.
It wasn't hurt just filthy from a night in the fireplace
Cynthia let it go.  "It won't do that again," she said.

1 comment:

cheryl said...

Brave woman, reaching into a fireplace while wearing a white sweatshirt.

Nice rescue.