Phalaropes have been washing up along the shoreline and coming in to International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Center, unable to stand.
Once stabilized, the Phalaropes have been receiving tube feedings, as it is very hard to get this species to eat on their own. They are then moved to an indoor, cool water hospital pool, and self-feeding is gradually introduced. The food is sprinkled on top of the water, and once they gain strength they start eating like crazy. This is important for getting their weights up before release.
When we returned 6 rehabilitated Phalaropes to nature on Saturday, their homecoming was speedy and joyous.
Thank you for helping us care for the many seabirds and aquatic birds that need us.
Every bird matters.
Photos by Howard Freshman