Saturday, June 17, 2006

Bird handling and trampolines

At Heather's graduation party this afternoon, my fun mother-in-law, cousin and I took over the trampoline.

But those little girls kept throwing us off balance. Ever laughed so hard you couldn't move?

RAPTOR has bats in it's belfry. We found these little guys at the bottom of the stairs, near the trash cans and we thought they were dead. Then one of the volunteers picked them up and they started twitching. They were returned to the loft...I guess RAPTOR's jurisdiction doesn't cover bats. (Hey, I thought I would give you a break from RATS.)

Here I am, holding my first real live raptor. Isn't he fierce????

Thanks, Marc, for starting me out on screech owls and not red-tailed hawks.


LauraHinNJ said...

That owl looks VERY suprised to be there! So... how was it? Lots of fun?

Bats are cool - love to watch them over the yard in the evenings - when the chimney swifts go to bed the bats take over the sky!

Susan Gets Native said...

It was sooooo much fun. I thought I had respect for raptors before today, but now...they are very fierce (even the cute little screech owls) and I love RAPTOR even more.
I don't particularly LIKE hit in the face by one a few years ago...but the babies were so cute and helpless.

Lynne said...

Awwwww Susan- I am green with envy! What an awesome volunteer job. I can't wait to here and see more. I also like to watch bats in the late evening sky. When I was in 7th grade a girlfriend in a bikini took the cover off of a boat, a bat flew out and landed on her bare tummy!! I laughed, she screamed. I don't think we were much of pals after that..

Juliabohemian said...

Is that a baby screech owl? I thought they were bigger than that?
So cute. You are lucky.

Susan Gets Native said...

Thanks for visiting!
Julia: That is an adult! Not much to him, is there?