Sunday and Monday were jam packed busy. We let our cohort out on Sunday like we usually do. Brooke went to the blind, I released. I fetched them early at noon so Brooke could go weed whacker the area where the Parent Reared temporary bird pen would be set up. They arrived yesterday. Joe got the travel pens to camp and I scrubbed and disinfected food buckets, water tanks and buckets and foot baths. Then made sure everything that was needed was in each trailer.
Monday morning Brooke and I switched panels from one trailer to another before switching roles for the day. He had more whacking to do so I went and hid in the woods and he released the birds. My spot in the woods is about 400 feet from the pond. So I can’t see much. I can tell they are there but that’s about it. After an hour of them being lazy I snuck out and for the first time ever left them completely alone.
I went and helped put the pen up with Joe, Brooke and Dr. Olsen from Patuxent. Every 10 minutes or so I would check the camera to see if the birds had flown or walked back to the runway. They did great! They stayed put.
At 3 pm-ish Brooke walked out to bring them back while I watched the camera on my phone in the van and ate lunch. Suddenly he ducked down as 4 birds flew over and landed on the runway. A couple of minutes later the other 3 flew in. So I put on my costume and went to put them in.
As they all filed in I could tell #7 had a prize! A mouse! She was not about to share it either!
A few shakes, a good dunking and gulp it was gone!