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Champion Returns to Wings
November 1, 2021
June 23rd, 2021 started out as a typical day at Wings Rescue Center. Volunteers were busy caring for rescued birds, feeding them, cleaning their cages and treating their ills and injuries. But that all changed when a call came in to rescue a fledgling hawk near Victoria.
Amateur photographers seeking the perfect shot caused the little Red-Shouldered Hawk to fall from its nest. Having a serious eye injury, the baby bird was brought to Wing’s for treatment. After two weeks at Wings, “Champion”, as it was called then, was transferred to another facility for long-term care and rehabilitation. Wing’s volunteers hoped that they would witness its release someday, as they had with so many other young birds in their care.
But, after several months of rehabilitation and testing, a veterinarian concluded that Champion was blind in one eye, it could not safely fly or capture its prey for food and thus, could never be released. Unless a permanent home could be found, it would have to be euthanized. That is when Wings received the second rescue call. And just as with Wings’ permanent residents, “Jerry”, a Goose and two Pelicans, “Patches” and “Willy”, the juvenile hawk, first known as Champion, had found a forever home.
On October 23rd Wings volunteers, Greg Simmons, a falconer and his wife Sally brought the hawk in. Sally asked whether the Center had given it a name while in their care. Kay Adams, Wings founder, and President, said its name was “Champion”. Sally responded, “you know, ‘Rocky’ was a Champion”. The name stuck.
Welcome Home Rocky.
Rocky’s new life started that afternoon. Greg Simmons placed the “anklets” (permanent leather straps) on its legs and attached “jesses” (short cords) attached to a leash. Wings full-time caregiver, Dana Rhodes, then began the first day of many to follow: hours upon hours of gentle one-on-one interaction to gain the bird’s confidence in preparation for Rocky’s training to be Wings' first Education-Ambassador Bird.
Wings Rescue Center is a state and federal permitted bird rescue rehabilitation center serving Aransas County and the surrounding counties of the Coastal Bend. It is the only facility in South Texas that takes in abandoned eggs and baby birds. Through the pandemic shut downs, the February freeze and Spring floods, the Center’s phones have not stopped ringing with requests for wildlife rescues. Over 900 birds were rescued in 2020 and quickly approaching 850 since January of this year. With the community’s generous support, Wings volunteers continue to work tirelessly to provide the best care possible in order to give birds a second chance at life in the wild.
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Adding dried mealworms to the sugar water for hummers and blend real fine will give them the protein they need because of lack of insects
Blend a teaspoon of mealworms per cup of sugar water.
Feeders will need to be changed every other day and mix refrigerated.
4 cups of water to a boil.
1 cup of white granulated sugar.
1/4 cup of mealworms (blended)
Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
Boil this mixture for 2 minutes to help prevent it from spoiling too rapidly.
Allow to thoroughly cool.
Pour into clean hummingbird feeders.
Enough for 3 cakes (double or triple recipe if you want several cakes)
1/2 cup of sun flower seeds
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of peanut butter
¾ cup of oatmeal
1 1/4 cups of corn meal
1 ¼ cups of flour
1/2 tsp of salt
½ cup of lard
Melt the lard in the microwave in 30 second bursts until it is completely liquified. (Lard can catch on fire it it develops a hot spot.)
Gently add water as needed. *You want this to be a cookie dough consistency.
Add remaining ingredients.
Place in containers and freeze. You can use a cookie sheet and cover it and freeze it if you don’t have containers.