Monday, March 23, 2009

Bye bye, Coop!

I've said it before, but releases are the BEST!


I don't know the story behind this Cooper's Hawk, like its injury or where it was found.
So let's not dwell on my boring lack of details and focus instead on the happiness of the occasion.

The Coop was released by a new volunteer, and the woman let the bird go with joy and awe, a huge smile on her face. I think the bird was happy, too.
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It happened so fast, in half a second it had cleared the barn....
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...and sliced in between the mew gate and a parked car (and right by Dee, standing in the barn doorway!).
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Another bird who needed help and received it. RAPTOR....it's just what we do.
:)

14 comments:

mon@rch said...

how wonderful having the chance to get a bird to the point it can be released !

Lynne said...

That just gives me goosebumps.
:)

Dave said...

AWESOME!!!!!!

Amy said...

Hip, hip, hooray for RAPTOR! Go, Coop, Go!

Kallen305 said...

Such a wonderful thing you do for these birds! I cannot even imagine the joy of tending to one and then releasing it back to the wild. Awesome.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a wonderful sight! I'm sure it lightens the hearts of everyone involved. What a thrill that must be.

MaineBirder said...

As most everyone else says... AWESOME!!!

NatureWoman said...

Woo Hoo!!! Yay!!!! I'm so happy for the Coop! You guys rock!!

nina at Nature Remains. said...

That has to be such a fantastic feeling--to return such awesome birds to the air.
But, I think I'd be bawling--just the thought of going from confinement to the ultimate in freedom--wow!

JRandSue said...

Great blog,love looking in from time to time.
John

RuthieJ said...

Good stuff Susan! You must all be very proud on release days!

Kathiesbirds said...

You have to have one of the best jobs in the world!

David Steen said...

I interned at a wildlife rehab center in Maine for a couple years...the time I was able to release an adult barred owl back to the woods is one of my fondest memories.

Kyle said...

So in a case like this, do you say that he's flown the coop or that the coop has flown? Just wonderin'...