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RE: bird rescue

Good for you, Theresa!

Zone 7 - West TN

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From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Pam Evans
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 9:36 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bird rescue

Awesome Theresa!  Proud of you!  Amazing a cat would attack a bird that

On 7/26/05, Theresa <tchessie@comcast.net> wrote:
> Well- tonight certainly got more interesting. About 8:30 I was opening
> up the windows in the house since it had cooled off outside.  I opened

> the side window of my husband's office- and heard a horrible screach 
> and saw a cat run away.  So I went dashing out to investigate.  
> Finished shooing a black cat out of my yard and went down the side of 
> my house to find a young heron there.  He was most unhappy, but 
> unhurt.  So... what to do with it??  It didn't have all of its flight 
> feathers yet, so I have no idea how it ended up at my house in the 
> midst of suburbia.  Went and got a towel- thinking I could soothe it 
> enough to catch it.  Yeah- right.  This thing screamed at me and 
> flew/hopped away a bit.  So- went to get a box to try and catch it.  
> With some effort, patience and a little coaxing (by waving the towel 
> behind it) it finally hopped into the box and I closed it up.  The 
> bird (including long yellow legs fully armed with claws on it's feet) 
> was about 15 inches tall, with a beak about 5 inches long.  Kind of 
> fluffy still, but with mostly real feathers.  My husband helped with 
> the catching part, and then drove me down to Cosumnes River Preserve 
> about 15 minutes away where we released the little guys near the edge 
> of a stream that has some nice oaks next to it and plenty of 
> underbrush.  So.. hopefully he'll make it.  There should be plenty for

> him to eat and I've seen herons there every time I go.  I did some 
> research to find out what kind of heron he was- and have concluded 
> that he was a Green Heron.  Here's a link to a photo that shows a 
> young green heron (mine was more mature that this one in the
> photo- but still gives the basic idea).
> http://www.carolinawildlife.org/gallery22.htm
> And more info about the species (including a link to the songs of the 
> species).  The harsh squawking noise was the only one we heard.  It 
> was quite clear that our little friend was rather pissed off about the

> entire situation.
> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Green_He
> ron_dtl.html
> So, at least now he has a fighting chance of survival.  It made for a 
> fascinating evening for me.  I still can't imagine how it ended up in 
> my
> yard- but I guess at least he picked the right house to come to.
> Theresa
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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