Sometimes, in the middle of dinner, you get a Facebook message about a bird that needs to be rescued. And sometimes you just put that dinner in the refrigerator to go and grab that bird.
I didn’t even have an address. Just that the bird was located in Avon and the post was on a community page that I could not view. Seriously – I just came from Avon and I might have been home for 10 minutes!
But, I grabbed my shoes (I almost didn’t even put shoes on), tied them like a toddler, and headed back out the door – without an address. My target:
I got about a mile from home when I received a text from Taryn at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Checked it quickly at the red light – can you go rescue a Grebe? So, I called her right away! I said, ”UHHHHHHH that’s not a Grebe. It’s a Red-throated Loon and I’m already on my way. I just need an address!” She sent me the address and I read it to my GPS and I was only 7 minutes away!
When I arrived, the Loon was already packaged inside of a box with a single hole cut in the top. I could hear it stabbing at the cardboard as I drove towards home. I got a kennel ready and did a quick transfer, then I dropped the Loon off at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center yesterday morning. It was still very active! There were no visible injuries discovered during the evaluation.
It appears that the Loon may have been grounded in the rain Friday morning. Sometimes the birds think that streets, parking lots and driveways are safe spots to land when they’re wet. If you ever see a diving bird stranded in areas like these, please contact us for help. Diving birds need water to take off.
I will try to provide an update on the bird soon!
UPDATE – SUNDAY 04/14/19: The bird is hanging out at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and enjoying some lunch, courtesy of Michael Durkalec!