In addition to the squirrels this week I was able to see a Common Loon, the Minnesota State Bird. He was a juvenile and so did not yet have the distinctive markings we all know and love. He was also very upset. The reason he was at Wildwoods was he had been attacked by an eagle who wanted the fish that the loon had. He had a small wound on his belly, but otherwise was in good shape and was eating just fine. So he was released in good health the next day. What an experience though! I’ve never seen a loon in the wild—and come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever even heard one—but that’s one reason I love volunteering at Wildwoods. I learn so much and get to see things I might not have otherwise.
Visit Wildwoods’ website to learn more about wildlife rehabilitation.