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A Message from Jayne Neville - The President
Greetings of Peace for this upcoming holiday season!
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”, my favorite quote by Emily Dickinson. My soul is filled to the brim with hope and feathers after a wonderfully successful summer season! So many success stories it is hard to decide which to write about. So many amazing birds passed through my hands this summer. Pileated Woodpeckers, Gold and House Finches, Eastern Phoebe, Black-Capped Chickadee, Red-Eyed Vireo, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, American Robins, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Northern Rough-Winged Swallow to name a few.
June I admitted an adult Chimney swift found lying on the pavement in a parking lot in Waterbury. My heart sunk as its nesting time for swifts and a grounded adult swift does not usually have a happy ending. However upon exam I could not find a fracture and I became filled with hope I could get this swift flying again, while praying the eggs or hatched young had another attending parent. The right wing was drooping and would shake with any flight attempt. This swift needed to rest. Pain medication and gentle force feedings every hour for 14 hours a day. I was working from home to be able to pull that off. One week later I returned this beautiful bird back to where it was found and watched in awe as the bird flew away strongly into the sky and thinking it must be so happy to finally catch its own meals!
The next happy ending came with the arrival of a juvenile Killdeer. The bird arrived at half its body weight and was unable to hold its head up it was so weak with a very bad old injury to its elbow. The Killdeer was able to move the wing so I had hope this bird too may fly again. The Killdeer gained all the weight back and was attempting to fly. More time in the flight cage gaining strength and ability and I was finally able to release him. I admit that bird stole my heart and I went back to the release site needing reassurance he was OK, when I located him out in the open grass living his life I rejoiced!
The last several months of summer I was incredibly busy admitting 16 Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. Sadly some had injuries that were not recoverable but many came in as orphans and I happily raised the babies and released them. That part of the season was a blur, literally, of hummingbird wings!
Your help makes so many wonderful things happen at the Sanctuary – from meals to medicine to housing. Thank you! I hope you will continue your commitment to CT songbirds by making a gift today. Your support will help provide the songbirds in my care with the live, nutritious foods that they require to thrive. Each and every bird in my care matters, and I am deeply grateful for your continued support. Your gift today will make a big difference tomorrow and every day!
Jayne Neville, President
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