Now that it is autumn, most Western Bluebird daughters have moved on to new territories. A few daughters stay behind with most of the sons and spend the winter with the parents. They love to eat mistletoe berries and will sleep together on cold nights all tucked into a nest box for warmth.
The 'Farmers Friend'
Western Meadowlarks are called the "Farmer's Friend" because of their voracious appetite for insects. The camouflage feathering on these birds flight feathers is simply stunning. As you drive through meadows and see a flash of yellow on a Robin sized bird, it is probably the Western Meadowlark that you are seeing. These beautiful and calm birds nest on the ground and prefer open, flat habitat. We do not often see them as patients, but when we do, they are a joy because of their quiet nature and beauty.
Busy season has passed but we still have wildlife in care plus we are helping the late summer critters who have problems surviving this time of year.
Coming Soon - Our Own Nest!
We have exciting news to share! TCWC is partnering with the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians for a wonderful new home and bird nursery. It is located at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B, Sutter Creek, CA. and our target move-in date is around the first of December. A-PAL Humane Society will be sharing this space for their office, storage, and future cat recovery area.
Working with the Board, our songbird caregivers, and the Jackson Rancheria construction team to design the space, our volunteer Floyd has completed the plans and concept drawing shown and continues to help where needed. TCWC’s home will contain an intake area, storage, bird nursery rooms and a viewing room into the bird nursery so you can see us “feeding the frenzy” of birds in care.
Stay tuned for our grand opening!
The Holiday Approaches!
The early bird may get the worm, but the early TCWC supporter can get the greens. Beginning Saturday 11/14 we will be selling mixed green wreaths with pine cones for $25, and door charms and swags for $15. Get yours at the Feed Barn in Jackson! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!
Thank you to Kerry for stopping to pick up this Yellow Rumped Warbler from a roadside ditch in Sutter Creek. He is unable to fly and starving, but is now able to perch. These birds eat insects in Summer, but switch to fruits and berries in the Fall and have a unique digestive system that allow them to digest the waxy berries of the Wax Myrtle and bayberry which means they are able to forage further North than other Warblers.
Marbles is a little Screech Owl that was found sitting on a log in broad daylight on a ranch. This owl's eyes looked like 2 cloudy white marbles and he showed no response when approached.
He was taken to Rocklin Eye Center where they confirmed that he had cataracts in both eyes probably from blunt trauma. We get these small owls in frequently and often they are hit by cars.
This little guy is now in training to see if he will do well tethered. Although he is said to be totally blind, he can fly and he lands well too. We think Marbles will make a great addition to our education team.
Meet Roj the Rabbit
Roj came to us in June 2015 as a nearly naked eyes closed tiny white bunny. He had been found in the middle of the road by kind people who thought he was a wild bunny.
We took this bunny thinking perhaps it was an albino brush bunny. We try not to take in domestic babies, but bottom line is that bunnies are hard to raise and we always try to save lives.
Roj showed he was not a brush bunny within a matter of weeks because he grew and Grew and GREW. We are pretty sure now that Roj is a New Zealand White rabbit and will weigh 9-12 lbs when full grown.
He is a great new education animal that will clearly show the difference between wild things that you cannot pet and domestic animals that we are happy to let people pet. Roj also shows the difference between wildlife with amazing camouflage and domestic pets with none.
One Lucky Raptor!
This is one lucky little Northern Pygmy Owl! Laura watched 2 cars swerve to miss him as she backed up to get him out of the middle of the highway in West Point. They sit quietly hunting songbirds during the day. Songbirds often gather to mob them until they get them to fly away...these little guys weigh only about 2 ounces, but will prey on birds 3 times their size.
Why do we do it?
People always ask why we do this work when so many do not survive... We do it for the ones who do and to give the ones who do not the best we have and a gentle passing. THANK YOU to the kind family who picked up a Spotted Towhee from the center of the Hwy in front of Ione Elementary yesterday. It had heart damage, but passed away in safety and warmth thanks to your kindness. Thank you to Angie for sharing this awesome photo of a Flicker.
Save the Date!
Save the date! Santa Paws is happening December 5th at The Feed Barn from 10am to 4pm! Make sure your pet gets to tell Santa whether they've been naughty or nice this year!
All pet photo proceeds benefit A-PAL Humane Society! Just a $5 donation per holiday card!
Hope to see you there!
New guests at TCWC
New intakes of Red Tailed Hawks, one sick and one with a wing fracture. In Pat's care and with medication and a wing wrap, we expect both to survive and get released...great news this time of year when we get the current year fledglings who are struggling to hunt and thrive in the rough wild.
Check out these sweethearts!
7 year old male and female cats displaced by Butte fire, current on shots, looking for a new furever home, indoor/outdoor, but inside at night and good with dogs! $25 adoption fee for each.
These sweethearts deserve another furever home!
Stop by The Feed Barn @ 11261 Prospect Drive, Jackson Ca!
Points to Ponder returns!
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).