What an exciting day. It was such a pleasure to witness the release of two birds back into the wild. The story begins August 17 when my granddaughter, Olive, was walking to our house and was startled by a Cooper’s Hawk flying close to her head and smashing into a window on the house beside her. The owners came out to see what the noise was and Olive ran home to get me to come and look. The bird was on its back and quite stunned but able to dig its talons deep into your hand without protection.
Using leather gloves we were able to get the bird out of the bushes and into a box for safety. I contacted a wonderful organization in Saskatoon called Livingsky Wildlife Rehabilitation and was able to take the bird to Jan Shadick for rehabilitation. This group under Jan’s leadership pulls off the most amazing feats of kindness and support for wildlife. Check them out (HERE) and donate if you love the work this group does.
Today was the day to release the Cooper’s Hawk and an Olive-sided Flycatcher (no relation to my graddaughter) back to their natural habitat. We met Jan who had the birds in covered cages, at Chief Whitecap Park where there are no windows and lots of natural habitat.