Patient of the Week: Virginia Rail

You may have heard of a dance called the Virginia Reel, but have you ever hard of a bird called a Virginia Rail? Rails are a diverse family of mostly aquatic birds, not unlike swamp chickens. Most members of this group of birds are very adept at hiding and prefer to inhabit dense vegetation. They … Read more

Patient of the Week: American White Pelican

Pelicans and stray fishing tackle sure don’t mix. This American White Pelican came into our care with nasty fishing line entanglement injuries. The bird was transferred to us from our friends at WildCare in July with a huge abscess on one wing (plus maggots, ewww, now thankfully gone) and some serious damage to a leg … Read more

Patients of the Week: Cackling Geese

This week we’re sharing a story of human accountability and compassion, all to save two young Cackling Geese! Like a good number of migratory birds, these goslings were born in the tundra on the North Slope of Alaska. They managed to find their way into an enclosed pit on the oil fields there, but were … Read more

Photo of the Week: “Tugboat” Baby Common Murre

A Facebook followers recently wrote in to ask about the little bird shaped “like a tugboat” on our San Francisco Bay BirdCam. The photo above shows a baby Common Murre that was found in a paper bag at the community center near Stinson Beach. “Tugboat” weighed only 90 grams on July 25th when he was transferred by … Read more

Patients of the Week: Hooded Mergansers

Behold the four stooges! These adorable little troublemakers arrived at our San Francisco Bay wildlife center this week. They are diving ducks called Hooded Mergansers (affectionately known as “Hoodies”). As cavity nesters, the babies instinctually look upward and have already caused shenanigans at the center, having literally leaped up at the sheet covering their pen … Read more

Patient of the Week: Black-legged Kittiwake

March is Gull Month at Bird Rescue! This relative of the gull family is a Black-legged Kittiwake, and he is our patient of the week. Normally found in far northern climate regions – especially in Alaska, there have been numerous sightings this season of these gull relatives along the Pacific Coast. The bird in this … Read more