This Loggerhead Shrike was discovered by a West Point family. He was sitting by the side of the road next to their mail box. We are not sure what happened to him, but he might have flown into a vehicle. The family found him on Sunday and got him to us on Monday the 15th. The interesting thing about Shrikes is that they will eat things like mice and other birds by impaling them on small twigs or barbed wire fences and then eating them. After a few days, the Shrike was able to be released in a nice wooded area where he can find the kind of lunch that he likes.
Severe storms hit the Lincoln and Omaha areas this evening. Many areas received hail and unfortunately along with the hail stones falling to the ground, there were also birds falling. The night of the storms these two birds were discovered by the public and the next morning WRT was contacted to assist with helping these birds. The Hooded Merganser had an injured wing and needs time to recuperate. The Lesser Scaup more than likely received a concussion from the hail stones. When the Scaup was picked up, even though it was the next morning, there were still 1/4 sized hail stones all around him. After a few days of recuperating, he was released at an area lake.
On the afternoon of March 29, we received a call about a duck that was tangled in fishing line and was unable to swim. We went over to the lake to find that two Good Samaritans were in a paddle boat and were trying to catch the duck. They were able to catch the duck and bring it to shore, where we got the rest of the fishing line off of him. The line had gotten caught around his neck and leg. Every time he tried to swim he was pulling on his neck. Turns out that this duck is a Lesser Scaup and was migrating through Nebraska. We took him home and gave him time to recuperate from the stress of the fishing line.
The next night we took him to a different lake where there other ducks. One of the Good Samaritans was there to assist with the release. When she let him go he flew all the way across the lake to join up with some buddies. It was a happy ending!