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Recent rescue @ the JRC: Button

Posted: June 21, 2012 - 11:00pm
"Button" was rescued by volunteers at the JRC after apparently falling from its nest in May.  Courtesy of Susan Wiswell
Courtesy of Susan Wiswell
"Button" was rescued by volunteers at the JRC after apparently falling from its nest in May.

NAME: Button.

TYPE OF BIRD: Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri).

WHEN RESCUED: May 21.

WHAT HAPPENED: Juneau Raptor Center volunteers were paged late in the evening of May 21 about a baby Steller’s jay that had evidently fallen from its nest. The bird’s rescuers kept the bird overnight.

INJURIES: There were no immediate injuries, but the bird was immediately fed and given fluids once picked up by JRC volunteers, the next day.

CARE: The bird was named “Button” because its rescuers thought it was “cute as a button.” Care for the little bird has included feedings of soaked monkey biscuits every couple of hours. The bird is eating and gaping well and cleans its beak when finished. Button has lots of pinfeathers and even preens them.

RELEASE: At this time the bird is still under care, but volunteers are hopeful that a release will be possible as long as the jay continues to eat and thrive.

More about the STELLER’S JAY: Like other jays, Steller’s jays are bold, inquisitive, intelligent and noisy. Steller’s jays spend much of their time exploring the forest canopy, flying with patient wingbeats. They come to the forest floor to investigate visitors and look for food, moving with decisive hops of their long legs. Look for Steller’s jays in evergreen forests of western North America. They’re familiar birds of campgrounds, picnic areas, parks, and backyards. (Information courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.)

• Message phone for the Juneau Raptor Center, 586-8393; emergency pager, 790-5424; or for more information about the JRC, go online to juneauraptorcenter.org.

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