Lynn's Journal

Feb 20 - Feb 26

Sam & adult release

Two Bald Eagles Released

Although the skies were gray and a light rain was falling, two Bald Eagles thought it was a perfect day to regain their freedom.

East Oregonian photographer EJ Harris took the first photo below as Samantha released an adult male Bald Eagle. …

Feb 13 - Feb 19

AMKE 17-080

Winter Continues to be a Challenge

Although the weather has improved significantly from two weeks ago, the birds continue to face a challenging winter. There were 11 new admissions this past week, all raptors: 2 American Kestrels, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Western Screech Owl and 2 Great Horned Owls. …

Feb 6 - Feb 12

BAEA wound

Another Rough Week for the Birds

Mother Nature and humans continue to provide challenges to wildlife and BMW. This week brought seven more raptors: two Cooper’s Hawks, four Red-tailed Hawks (for a total of 21 in 2017) and a Bald Eagle, as well as a Robin who hit a window. …

Jan 30 - Feb 5

GOHA 17-049 1

The First Five Weeks of 2017

As I write this newsletter Sunday afternoon, Bob is on his way to Umatilla to pick up three birds. They will be the 57th, 58th and 59th birds of the year, nearly double the 30 birds admitted the first five weeks of 2016. I keep thinking our harsh winter, with more snow and longer bouts of extreme cold than usual, is the reason numbers are up. …

Jan 23 - Jan 29

RTHA 17-040 rad.001

Bird of the Month: Red-tailed Hawk

In 2016 the most common raptor admitted were Red-tailed Hawks (79). Already in 2017, twelve Red-tailed Hawks have been admitted, six in the past week. The week also brought a Sharp-shinned Hawk, 4 owls including another Screech Owl trapped in another chimney, a Coot, a Robin and a Meadowlark caught by a cat. …

Jan 16 - Jan 22

Pied-billed Grebe

Cutest Bird of the Week

While there were 8 raptors admitted this past week, the cutest little guy had to be the Pied-billed Grebe. It crash-landed on icy snow, thinking it was water. Fortunately there were no injuries and the tiny grebe was released. Thank you to Aaron Skirvin for help in identifying the species.

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