CLINIC to RELEASE to FREEDOM

Patient 333 joined us at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on March 16th, 2017 after a member of the public found it on its balcony. This migratory bird was identified as a black and white warbler.  This warbler, Mniotilta varia, exhibited signs of head trauma we suspect was caused by a window strike. It initially weighted 10.0 grams, but it dropped to 9.0 while recovering from its head condition. At the completion of its treatment it had raised its weight to 10.8 grams and had significantly increased its activity level.   This warbler was released on March 21st near the Seabird Station in clump of trees including a coconut palm, gumbo limbo and cabbage palm.  It was quickly joined by some prairie warblers as it climbed over the tree in search of insects.

Black and white warblers are just one of the many migratory birds we see on their journey through the Atlantic Flyaway.  These birds travel as far as Canada to Northern South America in one migration season. Each migration season PHSS becomes home to migratory birds who are emaciated from their long journey, victims of window strikes or wounded in cat attacks.  We’re thrilled that after five days in our care this Black and white warbler can return to the wild and complete its migratory path.