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July 21, 2009 Bird Count Update
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WRC has taken in almost 1,000 birds so far this year and may sadly be on track to match last year’s number of almost 1,600 birds. We are releasing birds each week while many more continue to arrive through our door in need of our services.

On Tuesday, July 21st the total number of birds currently under our care was 291! A simple breakdown follows:

On June 18, 2009 we were caring for almost 200 birds in our new facility: 50 raptors and 138 passerines (songbirds, water/shore birds and others) totaling 188 birds.

Another count on July 4th, 2009 (barely two weeks later) the numbers had increased to 64 raptors and 223 passerines for a total population of 287 birds.

On the passerine side of the facility we are caring for species which include a great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, ravens, 4 nestling red-shafted flickers, black headed grosbeaks, poorwills, lots of robins, willet, pheasants, 7 mountain bluebirds, 8 hummingbirds and many, many more.

The passerine babies are on a feeding schedule of once every 45 minutes for 12 hours every day—very labor intensive and requiring a lot of food. Hummingbirds are the exception requiring food every 10 minutes throughout the long 12 to 14 hour days. The raptor babies eat less often but the food prep time is intensive. If you’re interested in supporting our work please go to our “get involved” page for many ideas on how you can help our wild feathered friends. Also checkout our “photo Album” page for recent photos.

Remember that we receive no state or federal funding for what we do and all our support comes out of the pockets of our all volunteer staff and the general public. Thank you!

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