Over the years, Chintimini Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation Clinic has admitted enough wildlife patients to be able to predict seasonal trends. For example, during winter migration when coastal weather is rough we expect many grounded grebes. And summertime is always “baby bird season.” Another species we admit in larger than usual numbers during the wintertime, especially this season, is Pine Siskin.
The recent stormy weather on the coast has brought an influx of Western Grebes to Chintimini. In the last several days, 10 have been admitted and more are expected to arrive.
Grebes are great swimmers and divers but due to the placement of their feet very far back on their bodies, their ability to walk on land is extremely poor. And if that isn’t enough of a problem, they can only take flight from a substantial amount of water by “running” on the surface to get airborne.
This leaves many grebes in danger if they mistakenly land on the ground. For example, when migrating (which they often do at night) if they spot a wet parking lot or a roadway below, they may land on the pavement thinking the surface is a lake or river. Because they cannot walk or fly, they become ‘grounded.’ Continue reading “Grounded Grebes Flood Chintimini”
It is with great excitement that we post our very first blog post! Along with a new website coming soon, Chintimini Wildlife Center will be regularly updating our friends and supporters about new patients, wildlife releases, fun events, and lots of other interesting information – right here on the blog. Please let us know in the comments what types of posts and information you would like to see here. Thanks for your continued support and interest!