Yesterday, when I went to check on the nest, I noticed only 2 birds and only one was still alive. I wasn't sure if it was the sudden change in temperatures (it's been so grossly hot and humid these past few days) but upon further investigation, it looked as if something had killed the one baby. Possibly another type of wren (they are territorial) or a sparrow.
I hadn't seen the mother flying into the nest, so I feared that something might have happened to her. I called Aark, which is a local wildlife rehabilitation center. They told me to bring the baby in and they would put it in an isolate.
When I called this morning to check on it's progress, the woman there told me that it had eaten a few meal worms for her and there is hope that the baby will live.
While I was there, I asked them if they had any ducks that might need a home and they told me that they had about 20 mallards that were ready to be released on a pond, they just hadn't had the chance to do it yet.
I told them that I had a pond and was willing to cart as many as I could back to my place and release them.
I went to the local liquor store and gathered up as many boxes as I could went back over to Aark to help wrangle the skiddish ducks into the boxes.
Those poor ducks were freaking out, and it took us forever to capture them...We ultimately ended up with 13.
The kids helped me carry the boxes over to the pond and we released the ducks two by two.
And they're off!
I went out to check on them this morning and this was the sight I saw.
It looks like there were only eleven that made it. I'm not sure if the other 2 were just hiding in the reeds or what, but these guys usually stick together, so I'm trying not to think about the food chain right now....
It felt so exhilarated yesterday when I did this...
I love being a part of wildlife, and hope to one day be able to volunteer at a place like Aark.
When we got there yesterday, they were feeding a fawn and an osprey. We also got to see a baby screech owl --so cute! I love that my kids get the opportunity to see things like this.
I'm going back to Western PA tomorrow with the kids to visit my mom and won't be home until Thursday night...I think when I get home, I'm going to go back to Aark and help to release the other ducks. They also have a pekin duck there that needs a home...(I know the perfect place for her!)
**Have you ever rescued a baby bird?
**Have you ever visited a wildlife rehabilitation center?
**Would you have gone to the same effort as I did to save the birds life?