Wild Bird Rescue, Inc., serves twelve Texas counties by receiving birds from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Animal Control, Humane Societies, Police Departments, Sheriff's Departments, area businesses, and concerned individuals. We have received over 8,500 birds since the year 2001. We rescue wild birds, rehabilitate them, and then release them back into the wild.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

As you all probably know, the birds lost a true friend with the passing of Bob Lindsay, our executive director. We are all still reeling from his sudden death. The board of directors has met and voted me the new Executive Director of Wild Bird Rescue. I’ll have some very big shoes to fill but I know Bob has trained me well these past 7 years. I look forward to a very successful future with Wild Bird Rescue. As was always the case with Bob, I’ll put the birds first in every decision I make. That being said, I thought an update on baby bird season was due.

From the 60 mph windstorm which hit on April 15th, Wild Bird Rescue took 2 nestling Red-tailed Hawks, 1 nestling Great Horned Owl, 1 adult Common Poorwill, 13 nestling White-winged Doves, 2 nestling Mourning Doves, 11 nestling Eurasian Collared Doves, 1 hatchling Mockingbird, 6 nestling House Sparrows, 1 fledgling House Finch, 1 nestling Eastern Bluebird, 1 fledgling Pigeon, and 1 hatchling Starling. The baby Red-tail Hawks and the baby Great Horned Owl have been transported to South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock. With all these newcomers, Wild Bird Rescue is up to bird number 112 for the year with a potential 68% release rate. How’s that for the start of baby bird season 2011! I’ll be back soon with more updates and success stories.

Lila Arnold
Executive Director

Thursday, April 21, 2011

60mph Windstorm

The windstorm last week brought 2 nestling Red-tailed Hawks, a nestling Great Horned Owl, an adult Common Poorwill, which we released already, and a nestling Eastern Bluebird, among many other baby birds.
Here is a picture I took of the two nestling Red-tails.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

birds and more birds

We received a donation of bird seed from Home Depot. It had been exposed to moisture so it could not be sold. We wanted to use all (12) twenty pound bags before it went bad so we have been dumping a bag every two days under the mulberry trees. This morning was quite a sight. There were Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Great-tailed Grackles, European Starlings, House Sparrows, White Crowned Sparrows, a pair of Cardinals, Brown-headed Cowbirds, White-winged Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Doves, Juncos and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. This is my first sighting of the Yellow-headed Blackbird this year. And, what a sighting. There were over two dozen. What a feeding frenzy this morning!


Our first annual Volksmarch and Festival is behind us. It took a lot of hard work from a lot of volunteers, but everything went off without a hitch. Well, everything we could control. We kept hoping it would not rain, but we forgot to ask not to have a norther blow through at 6am the day of the event. I think the cold wind kept many families away. However, those that came seem to have had a great time. I have received a lot of positive feedback from those who participated. We look forward to doing it again next year. In fact, you can mark your calendars. I do not know the date, but the day is the last Saturday of March, 2012! As I stated above, we had tremendous support from volunteers. Steve & Alicia Pruitt were our committee chairs and they went above and beyond with the number of hours and in-kind donations. The event committee also included; Elizabeth Hawley, Chris Peterson, Frank Iacovitti, Tony Zupkas, Lila Arnold, Marjorie Hardin, and Marty Maxwell. This group had a combined total of 875 hours. WBR volunteers gave us 162 additional hours. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Christina Peterson, spent the majority of her time seeking, scheduling and coordianting volunteers from outside sources. We had help from Sigma Lambda Alpha, Zundy Jr. High, Kirby Jr. High and the Rolling Plains Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist. These groups assisted with clean up, assisting on the walk, selling food & beverages, working in our gift shop and more areas I know I haven't mentioned for a total of 195 hours. If you haven't added all that up yet, it comes to 1,232 hours! Sometimes it is difficult to express how much you appreciate the help you receive. Please accept thank you. We will see you next year!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Great Blue Herons

Does this look like a Great Blue Heron? Monday I was on the front deck and 8 or 9 Great Blue Herons flushed from the cove in front of the Rescue Center. GB Herons have a deep growlie-gargalie-harsh call (hard to describe). Two of the Herons circled the cove over and over again with continuous calls. I have never observed this behavior before so I was quite enthralled with their behavior. Each circle took them East and as they circled over the end of the cove I saw a bobcat walk up the boat ramp. Evidently, he had been hunting the shore line and startled the flock of Herons. The two I watched decided they would escort him out of sight. He crossed over the lot East of the Rescue center. As long as he stayed next to the fence, the Herons simply circled and voiced their opinion. If he made a move away from the fence the Herons would swoop down at him. I know during mating season Heron's will be very defensive of their nesting area. Until Monday, I never realized they would drive off predators like they did the bobcat. That's a good thing working with and/or observing wildlife, you will always learn something new!

Above is a picture of a bobcat I took in November of 2007 here at the Rescue Center.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Up and Coming

Penny Miller will be presenting "Winged Journey: Mysteries of Bird Migration" on March the 7th from 7pm - 9pm at River Bend Nature Center.

Wild Bird Rescue's Volksmarch & Festival is just around the corner on March 26th from 8am - 6pm. This event is replacing our Celebrity Roast. The Volksmarch will be for all ages. The Volksmarch & Festival is $10 or join us for just the Festival for $5. Parking is FREE. We will have German sausage, beer, hot dogs, sodas and water. Vendors will be featuring items from plants to wickless candles. We will have live music, the Comanche Nation will be down from Oklahoma with a Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon and maybe a Swallow-tailed Kite. Wild Bird Rescue is sponsoring a children's activity area. Their $5 festival entry fee allows them into our activity area for free. They will have the opportunity to build pine-cone bird feeders, small bird houses, make an owl from paper plates, finger puppets and a whole lot more fun items.

We encourage early registration for the march. The latest news letter has the registration form. Or, you can go to our website, http://www.wildbirdrescueinc.org/ and print the form and mail it in. Early registration the day of the event will begin at 7am.


On April 9th Wild Bird Rescue will be at River Bend Nature Center to participate in an Animal Rescue Garage Sale. WBR will be just one of many local animal rescue groups there to sell and collect donations to help raise funds. Local dog and cat rescue groups will have some of their animals there and will be collecting adoption information (no on-site adoptions). Come and join us.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Backyard Bird Count

The backyard bird count was this past weekend. A few of us met on the north shore of Lake Wichita in front of Wild Bird Rescue. The Rolling Plains Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, The North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club and Wild Bird Rescue were well represented. And, for once, the weather started off nice. Seems every time we meet for a bird count/watch it is either cold, a cold wind or raining. Or, any combination of the three. We were there for two hours and saw the following birds;

White Pelican 42
Ring-billed Gull 7
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Great Blue Heron 2
American Coot 9
Double-crested Cormorant 29
Cananda Goose 300+
Mallard 4
Ring-necked Duck 3
Gadwall 3
Pintail 10
Northern Shoveler 2
Duck species 35 (too far across the lake to makes positive ID)
Killdeer 2
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Bewick's Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Cardinal 1
Blue Jay 1
Mockingbird 1
Eurasian Collared Dove 3
White-winged Dove 4
Robin 75
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Great-tailed Grackle 3
European Starling 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

This is not an accumulative count, but a count of the most you see of a species at one time. After two hours the winds picked up and the birds sought shelter. So, we did too. Great day of birding with friends.