[CT Birds] Galinule rehab

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 15:22:17 EDT 2015

I think this is an inaccurate characterization of the situation with the calliope hummingbird or of any winter hummingbird. 

Mark Szantyr

> On Oct 2, 2015, at 10:05 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> I will put myself in the column in favor of  attempting to  rehab the bird 
> if it can be done without a ridiculous amount of effort. 
> I must say I never thought too much about this sort of thing  until a few 
> years ago when the Simsbury Calliope Hummer was allowed to freeze to  death 
> in the name of letting Nature take its course, even though the bird was,  by 
> all estimations, perfectly healthy until the really frigid cold arrived. 
> That  bird was effectively trapped here by humans who fed it until it was too 
> far  away from an environment it could survive in . The whole episode has 
> haunted me  ever since.
> I have zero knowledge of how to capture such a bird, let alone  with 
> anything to do with rehabbing it,  but since I only live a few miles  from the 
> site I will volunteer to help with such an effort to the extent that I  can. 
> That might include breaking a trail through the brush to the area where the  
> bird usually is, but I don't know if whoever is in charge of that area in  
> Mansfield would allow that. Perhaps a more practical approach would be to use 
> a  rubber raft or kayak(s) to try and get near it, since I assume the pond 
> must now  have a few inches of water. If the traps that have been mentioned 
> are available,  that might really be the best way.
> If I can assist, please contact me
> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.  
> mntncougar at aol.com
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