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RE: bird rescue

Good job Theresa, I'm impressed. Herons are quite fierce if upset and they
make a horrible racket around here sometimes. I have Great Blues and Greens
in the pond across from me, plus egrets, etc. Love to see them. I'm sure
he'll be fine. 

Of course this was days ago so I'm sure he's already fine. I haven't had a
chance to read hardly any emails in the past two weeks. I finally just
deleted a bunch of them, although I hated to miss the chats! I'm playing
catch up now!

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC 

> [Original Message]
> From: Theresa <tchessie@comcast.net>
> To: GardenChat <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 7/26/2005 10:01:54 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] bird rescue
> 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.
> 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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