Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Port A Potties and barn owls

It's been so long since I did a RAPTOR program...I had a lull of about three weeks. I spoke to a class at a private school today and they were just perfect kids. Smart, quiet...

I was pleased to see a new Port-A-Let at RAPTOR:

RAPTORs new portalet
Why is this a big deal? Well, because we didn't have "facilities" before. The house on the property of course has a bathroom for the tenants, but we don't use it. Who wants strangers using your bathroom? So you either had to go pick a tree or drive up to the golf course. Now, it's not like we spend all day at RAPTOR, more like an hour here or there. But one of our rehabbers asked if she could just get a Port-A-Let and so now everyone's happy.
It's new, so it was quite refreshing in there today. Marilyn added a vase of flowers, giving it a nice homey touch.

RAPTOR robin
A robin has a nest right above one of the mews...hope none of those chicks fall out of the nest!

No-No the barn owl is officially a program bird now....as he has had his left wing partially amputated:
No No one sided mantle
He still shakes his head back and forth, but the mantling is one-sided now.

No No and his bad side
The left wing was removed at the wrist, but he keeps it close to his body.
I cannot wait to start training him. I wonder if unearthly screams will become part of my program?


Trixie said...

Ahhh...No No! He is a favorite in this house. My girls ALWAYS talk about him.

How are the girlie girls?

Susan Gets Native said...

No No is just so cute.....I can't WAIT to get my hands on him!
Isabelle is barf-free and went back to school today.
Lorelei is the same old fashionista she always is.

: )

Dave said...

Susan, we have indoor plumbing in Alaska. :)

Susan Gets Native said...

That's some high-falutin' stuff there.
You smart a**.
: )
That's why a new center is in order....and being planned right now.

egretsnest said...

Glad you have one o' them fancy outhouses now!

And, ooooooo, a barn owl. They are such amazing birds! Lucky you!

RuthieJ said...

It's nice to see all those little green leaves in the woods behind your new "water closet."
The barn owl is beautiful even with only one wing. Will he have a more difficult time getting around with only 1 wing, or do they eventually adapt to the handicap?

Mary said...

Unearthly scream is right! Aaack! No-No is a beautiful bird, regardless of his wing.

I'm so glad you have a porta-pot now. Gives peace of mind.

Dave said...

Will the new center have a two seater. Stop me please!

ncmountainwoman said...

Think of what Birdchick might have missed had she used a portajohn instead of squatting in the forest.

Just a thought.

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Trying to picture a vase of flowers in a port-a-potty! LOL Somebody alert the people at Better Homes and Gardens!