Baby bird season took over the Sanctuary. I watched over 1,000 birds come in and out of Fallen Feathers from March to July. The baby Great Horned owls that took over the aviaries next to mine are now fully feathered Juvenile Great Horned owls ready to be released and explore the world of their own.
Experienced volunteers are busy training new volunteers and saying goodbye to volunteers going off to college. Needless to say it’s been a busy couple of months. And it’s hot. People in Arizona only stay outside as long as they have to.
Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the Bye Bye Buzzard event at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. It’s an annual event that the park has been doing for 20 years. This is the second time we have participated.
The buzzards were everywhere lined on the cliffs. There was a group of people watching the buzzards and learning about vultures when we arrived. Everyone was happy to see me up close. I don’t go to as many events as the other birds, but when I do, it’s special. Today was MY day.
Red (Red Tailed Hawk), Nod (American Kestrel), Digger (Burrowing Owl) and Raven also attended. They enjoyed being out and hanging out in the beautiful trees. Well, not Digger, he still prefers his basket.
Thank you, Paul for inviting us and celebrating the buzzard. Thank you to the staff and all the fellow birders for making us feel welcome. We hope to be back for Welcome Back Buzzards next year.
Voldemort, the Turkey Vulture
I’m Alice, a Cooper’s Hawk. I’ve lived at Fallen Feathers for a while. I’m still being trained to attend our events. It takes a lot of work to go to events and I’m a very anxious breed of bird. Our Executive Directors and volunteers are very patient with me. Let me tell you a little about what they do to support us every day and thru these events.
About a week ago, we attended Parada Del Sol parade. It was the first time we have been there and it was quite the honor. The event itself started at 10am, but we had to be there to set up at 7am. That means that the people wake up at 4am to feed us and start getting us birds ready (jessed and crated).
We were on the road a little after 6. We checked into the event and everyone started unloaded the trailer. We birds waited patiently (except Raven, she hops around).
Once the canopies and tables are all up, the perches are set up and we come out. People start coming by almost instantly with questions. Some of our events we have a kid section too with some sort of craft.
Our volunteers spend the entire event educating people about us (birds) and about the rescue/rehab we live in. At this event, I got a new perch. It was very nice and I felt very comfortable. The other perches we had were fine, and the other birds didn’t seem to mind them, but I am particular.
Here I am, along with Jack, the Harris Hawk and Digger, the Burrowing Owl. Flat Stanley visited us on Valentine’s Day, shown here with a volunteer and Raven. Finally, there is Robert, the Great Horned Owl.
Our entire education bird family is not shown here, but we were all at the event. The Parade portion of Parada Del Sol finished at 4pm. People continued to visit while everything was being put on the trailer. This is common for us. It’s nice to be seen and cared about by the public and our volunteers are always happy to answer questions. You’ll just have to come see us in person to truly appreciate everything that is done.
We got home about 7:30pm, put in our aviaries to have our dinner. It was a good day and now we get to rest.
We will be back with Parada Del Sol this weekend for the main events on Feb 28th and at Tres Rios Natural Festival next weekend (March 7 & 8). Hope to see you there.
Alice, the Cooper’s Hawk