Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Bad News

I am really very sad to report that we lost Amelia yesterday morning. Bob released her on the Beehive after her night at the rehabber. She seemed fine. It was then that Bob received the call about Sally, so he picked up Sally and went to his office to arrange testing etc. He returned to the grounds to check up on Amelia before lunchtime and found her hanging on to a window frame on the west side of JSMB. She then flew north around the building and apparently landed in the 'hollow' space between the wings of that building. When Bob got to her, she was lying prone in a puddle, but alive. He took her back to the rehabber, Joanne, on Tuesday where she spent the night. Joanne said she look well at 11pm, but when she checked on her in the early morning she had died. There was nothing apparently wrong but tests are being run on both birds now looking for answers. Bob said the more he thinks about it, the more he thinks Sally should have been able to tough it out on the observation deck for the 24+ hrs because there was shade, etc. So maybe there is something else going on. Both birds were big and healthy looking.

Bob now wants us to focus on the two remaining so the watch team will be back on Temple Square a bit more trying to track down the other two. There was a report last evening from Pomera that a juvenile, they believe to be Bobbie was doing well and was last seen putting in for the night on one of those COB northside breezeways. I will twitter updates throughout the day as I get them.

So sorry for the bad news. Obviously, Bob, the team and all of you readers care deeply about this project. I avoided posting this all day yesterday hoping maybe we would find out the causes so I could relay that info too.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe how sad I am. I became so invested in these gorgeous birds!

Willi said...

I never thought I would be so emotional about these creatures. They have consumed my summer in such a joyous way., getting to know Bob and all of you via blogs and in person. My heart is broken once again this morning. Watching them flying so high just a week ago. I will pray for Charley and Bobbi. Soo Sad!!

skygirlblue said...

Its amazing how attached we become to these birds. Even from afar, I became so invested in this nest..and feel so honored to have watched them go from egg to fledge. I can only imagine how those of you who experienced them first hand must be feeling. Such tragic losses. The life of a new fledgling is not easy..

Thanks to Liz for your dedication and for keeping us so up to date, to Bob for being so invested in this project, and to all the "boots on the ground" for doing everything humanly possible to help these babies survive. I do hope they will be able to discover what could have caused 2 seemingly healthy birds to perish.

Fly free Sally and Amelia...take care of each other and please watch over Bobbie, Charlie, Mom and Dad...AND please let this be the end to the losses..

:-(

Yacine A. said...

:-(((

Michelle said...

I second all of the comments. I am so sad today again, :'( Pray for Charlie and Bobbie

Bob and Robin said...

Sorry to hear that you have lost 2 of "your" birds. The Boise birds, all four of them, seem to be doing very well.

Trish said...

I can't believe we lost another one. That is so sad. Please keep us posted on the results of what may be going on.