PROWLS: Rescue of the week

Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society attempts to save western tanager

During breeding season, western tanagers eat mostly insects, including dragonflies, even clipping off their wings and sometimes their head and legs before swallowing them down.

Scanning for insects, they perch motionless except for side-to-side head motions. Sighting their prey, they are swift flyers with rapid, powerful wingbeats and can also hover for a few seconds at a time, nabbing their insect prey on the wing.

article continues below

The males, with their glowing dramatic colours of red, yellow and black, are in charge of feeding the young nestlings while the female keeps them warm and dry.

With a family of three to five, the quantity of insects required is almost unimaginable.

This male was caught by a cat in Wildwood and his wing was almost torn off.

After having the wing wrapped at PROWLS, and being scheduled for an emergency appointment within hours with Dr. Barnes at Westview Veterinary Hospital, this beautiful bird died before getting to surgery.

The poor nestlings will soon experience the absence of the male, begin to suffer and starve.

Contributed photo

 
Copyright © Powell River Peak

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Powell River Peak welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

PEAK POLL

Will you vote for the same party in the upcoming provincial election as you did in 2017?

or  view results

Popular Community

Community Events Calendar