Cam 6: Flight Area

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51 Responses to Cam 6: Flight Area

  1. Tina says:

    What happened to the little otter? Was it released?

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Hi, Tina! Last I checked, that otter had graduated to his own tree-level pool and was swimming joyfully. Tom feeds him fish. The only thing that would make his life better would be other otters. He’s doing great!

      • Mimi at Tahoe says:

        Oops! That’s THREE-level pool. Ground level and rubbery tunnels going up and up. He can slide down them or convey himself up them. Top level is a satellite dish. Lots of water moving. NOT tree-level!

    • KC says:

      The otter is still here, I see it now exploring.

  2. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Welcome to the “Flight Area” for little birds! What would we do without ice buckets! And the cloth Cheryl uses to cover the buckets is what the meal worms come in — cotton bags with light and air coming through! She just washes and reuses over and over. I don’t know what we’re looking at, have not been here in a couple days. Residents come and go, move out to aviary, get released. The real babies are across the room in an incubator. This whole place is like a clinic/orphanage for special needs kids!

  3. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Someone is standing at the little counter submitting a new resident. Two pair of legs. Ice buckets are open, little guys waiting for next feeding. I just downloaded a camera full of wonderful pictures. Laughed out loud at a floor shot of the Steller’s Jay intern gaping. While they gape, they all fuss at you about getting fed promptly — which makes it all the harder to give them the food! I got squirrels, raccoons, owls, bears, French manicures, little hands reaching, close-ups . . . Nothing leaves this computer without cropping out all the unflattering details; however, all the volunteers are beautiful!

  4. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Oooh, after that ad, a glimpse of women’s hands with gold bands fastening the birds just after feeding. Nice to call this the Flight Area! We sure hope! The big cage that was here is on the picnic table on the deck. The little guys got promoted! A lot going on.

  5. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    This is such a busy place! In the ice bucket is a tiny Steller’s Jay not doing too well, needing special help. In that cardboard box is one good-sized bird who was eating well last night. I got some cute pictures of Shift Lead Karen as she put him in a fresh hand-knitted nest and renewed the paper in the box. Denise added a roll of toweling to support him. Now he’s left both nest (blues) and rolled washcloth (grey). The picture should come out pretty with Karen’s shirt and the nest and bird color-toned with turquoise. . . . Across the room are more Jays, a baby dove who gets special (beige) food. And a robin family of four in a big cage just there with branches to perch on. They wait patiently and gape when they see green stuff coming. The cage mesh cover zips open at the top. Someone just brought in another guest. . . . There’s one perky little Jay intern hopping around freely. Karen put him in an ice bucket when she closed down last night. This is a happy, busy place!

  6. Tina - Redding says:

    Thanks Mimi for all your info about the baby birds food. I appreciate the time you took to look it up. I was mostly curious about what made the food green. I’m sure it’s probably the spirulina, even tho I’ve never heard of it. Shows you what I know! I’m just enjoying watching all them in their little buckets & running around on the floor. Cheryl sure has her hands full! There were baby owls and also something else they were bottle feeding for a few days. I’m thinking maybe baby raccoons. It’s enjoyable to be able to watch this room (office). It’s also nice to have you for all the updates. Good job!

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      This is an amazing place! Dry-erase board in the hallway lists all the “guests.” A similar outfit in WA has pictures of everybody they’re caring for! Amazing! Some of our kids come and go in a few days. A bat with a torn wing that is healing nicely. An otter being cared for by nobody but Tom! An adorable little coyote pup who was probably hit by a car, stunned. They knew where his den was, so by now he’s been taken back there, full of stories to tell his folks! There are raccoons in the raccoon house and, as of Tuesday, babies who still need bottle feeding — total wiggle-worms! . . . . The glass-sided incubator is across the room, above the waste basket. There’s a file cabinet to the left and more furniture to the right — with more little nests, boxes, etc. sitting on top. There’s been a box on the floor fastened with clothes pins. What d’you suppose is in there?

  7. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Dear MF! About what you thought was a dead bird, maybe not. There are various reasons someone would pick up a bucket, take it away, etc. I worked there last evening — first time in a long time. The buckets have soft crumpled paper towel inside. The babies poop and pee of course. There is usually a clean bucket set up and ready. If two people are working, the space is small, so one may find another flat surface to work on, while the other continues feeding. I heard “waxwing” and “robin.” A little Steller’s Jay didn’t want to eat. Cheryl probably worked her awesome expertise on him. They use two sizes of eye-droppers. I learned so much last night! That is, I found out how much I don’t know.

    • MF says:

      Hi Mimi,

      Thanks so much for your reply. Wow, working there must be awesome! I have been busy and missed the last 2 days. I hope I get a chance to check in tomorrow. It is really great to be able to watch all of this.

      Cheers, MF

  8. MF says:


    Did one of the birds just die? Seemed like they opened the bag and took a look, kinda went sort of off screen and dumped the bucket into the bag and left. Also, do we know what kinds of birds they are?

  9. Tina - Redding says:

    Thanks Mimi. Very informative. I’ve been watching all these baby birds for some time now but didn’t realize this was the front office. Do you know what they are feeding them thru what looks like some sort of eye dropper? It looks green in color and doesn’t seem to need refrigeration during the day.

  10. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Oh, here’s the office, front door and counter where people bring creatures who need help. Can’t see the incubator with tiny baby birds aka pinkies. Some of the birds are stirring in their ice buckets. Those cloth bags covering them are what live mealy worms arrive in. The bags get washed and reused to contain the young birds. Looks like the owls have graduated to a space outdoors. There are always a couple of interns flying around in here. They love to perch on the waste basket and supervise. A senior volunteer just came in and opened each bucket, fed each resident, and put fresh paper towel nests for the ones that needed changing. She works fast, holding a tiny bird in one hand and arranging the towel with the other.

  11. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    I saw these kids in person recently. Those faces — and the eyes — are just wonderful. And they do that East Indian head wiggle to make it more exciting! Oh, I talked to them and wished them well, feel sure if they could talk they would have said something enlightening. Nice that this camera is still called “Flight Area” from before the cameras were switched around! Positive thinking for these owls. Yes, they’re very busy! The pinkies have to be fed every 20 minutes for 16 hours out of 24. It seemed to me that there were quite a few kids in the office, so by the time Cheryl or Denise or a volunteer finishes getting around to all of them, it would be time to start again. Whew! The poor mother bird!

  12. Jenny says:

    Thank you for the work that you do! I know you are very busy, but I always love it when you post photos (and videos!) of these guys on your facebook page. They are fun to watch on camera too, but are usually looking away!

  13. KC says:

    The owls are getting stronger everyday, one has jumped out of the box. Soon they will need to go somewhere to practice flying and then freedom.

    • KC says:

      Well now there are 3 owls. Last one looks small. Is someone mistaking them being alone while the Mother is out hunting? Know the 1st one fell out of nest, where did the last 2 come from? Thank you for taking care of the animals.

      • Denise says:

        All 3 Owls came from different areas. Nests were destroyed or too high up to reach. Some had dead siblings on the ground with them. Would of loved to re-unite but we had a very cold windy spell & couldn’t leave them on the ground too long. No Moms were in sight. Not sure who/what got to the nests?

        • KC says:

          Thank you Denise, glad they are there being cared for. Sorry some died. Is the rabbit still there?

          • Denise says:

            We have been getting TINY baby bunnies and even a few songbirds only a few days old! Also a few older bunnies. It’s just the start of the season & remember we got Tahoe bear in April 15 of last year! You just NEVER know what will show up each day! I love that part of wildlife rehab!

    • Denise says:

      Trying netting to keep the owls ON webcam and IN the box! If it doesn’t work we might have to move them upstairs into a different enclosure & might be off the cam for a bit-sorry!

      • KC says:

        Denise if you need to move the owls so they have more room and are not on camera that is the way it goes. They are getting bigger and adventurous. And are Salyer and Hoopa going to be released soon? The Bears will be missed but know there will be more :-)

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          So the 2 bigger Owlettes went outside to the Mew with ANOTHER GHO adult that is recovering from a suspected head injury. They just wanted to get OUT! There are branches in there to jump around on & exercise their little wings! The littlest one is still inside till he gets big enough to go out with the rest of the ” clan”!
          KC – we think Salyers & Hoopa are going to be released sometime in the first 2 weeks of May. Will let you know when we do!

  14. Patricia Lilavois says:

    First time viewer today and delighted that you have a live web cam for the baby owls. I am disappointed though that Herlong and her/his pal are facing away from the web cam and not thrilled with the ads. I’ll try back later.

  15. Jackie says:

    Are they noisy at all? Are they making any sort of sounds?

  16. Kat, SC says:

    Awww Herlong, I’m glad you have company. Hope you two are doing well. And for those who asked —

    “Sometimes I sleep, sometimes I eat, and sometimes I’m flapping my wings!” – Herlong
    Watch Herlong, a Great-Horned Owl, on our live web camera #6
    visit to stay up to date on Herlong’s recovery!

  17. KC says:

    See that Herlong has company now. Nice! They sure were just looking at each other.

  18. Tina of Redding says:

    Does anyone know what we’re watching on Cam 6? Thanks.

  19. Deanna says:

    Is this the falcon with the hurt wing? Hopefully he is doing good and soon will be released.

  20. Bruce Richards says:

    That’s a Bald Eagle in the West Side Mew – at least for now. He is a young adult bird and was found along the side of the road unable to fly. He appears to have only minor issues (no broken bones) so he’ll be fed well for the next few weeks and he’ll be released once he recovers. He’s a big, beautiful creature – the cameras don’t do him justice.

    • Deanna B. says:

      Thanks Bruce. I have been watching him and he never wants to come out of the corner and show us his beautiful face so all I have seen is his back.

  21. Tom Millham says:

    Hi guys,

    Unfortunately, we do not get a chance to just sit and watch when some of you are, so we have not seen Sierra limping. I am fairly certain it is ‘not’ Chips, as I have seen her walking across the log and climbing the screen. We will see what we can do today when we go in to clean her. Thanks for the heads up. Tom

    • Lorie says:

      I am pretty sure it is Sierra also. From watching them Chips seems smaller than Sierra and I have seen Chips climbing all over the place and Sierra doesn’t usually cross the log, he goes down the carpet cat tree. Thanks for checking it out!!! :-}

    • Paul Nowak says:

      Thanks Tom,
      I know you guys must have your hands full now , especially with all the bear cubs you are juggling!
      (You’ll be able to start a bear jamboree in no time!)
      We REALLY appreciate all the hard work and hands on you guys provide.
      You get a BIG thank you!

    • Barbara F says:

      Is it me or is Sierra’s right front foot swollen ? He hops with it, when he is not chasing or being chased.
      I love watching these babies. Thank you for ALL you do for All these wonderful animals. The bear cubs are darling, but these Bobkittens have stolen my heart!

      • Barbara F says:

        I see that they have knocked over the platform / post, so now maybe Sierra can’t get down. :( Chips goes up there anyway to play with him. :)

        • BobD says:

          Sad to see that he/she can’t get down. Hope something is done soon.

        • Barbara F says:

          Sierra cannot get down and he has tried every way possible. He is limping pretty hard now. He must be exhausted from his efforts. Tom, can’t you do something to help this difficult situation ?? Poor baby :( He can’t get to the food.

          • BobD says:

            Sierra finally made it down by going back-end first down the pole supporting the house.

          • Barbara F says:

            Sierra is back and Chips had to give him a love !! I wonder what they found with his paw. I’ve not seen him walk or climb yet but I hope he is much better now. Or, maybe there is nothing they can do right now, waiting for it to heal ?? I am just so glad to see him as was Chips !! Love those babies :) :) :)

  22. Paul Nowak says:

    ……………What is wrong with the right front leg of one our little guys?
    Someone needs attention! It looks like Sierra to me. :(

  23. Pam F says:

    So glad to see them, thanks for the new camera view!

  24. Lorie says:

    Thanks!!!! Camera is much better!!! We can see them play more now!!!

  25. kathy says:

    the cam musta got bumped ?

  26. Lorie says:

    It’s so much fun to watch Chips and Sierra!!!!! I am concerned about one of them, I think it is Sierra, but I am not sure. One of them is favoring or limping on the right front leg. Just worried about the little kitty!!! Also do you plan on putting another camera in their enclosure again so we can see more of them? They are so fun to watch!!!!! :-)

    • Paul Nowak says:

      Any word on what is going on w/ Sierra’s right front paw/leg?
      It has been a few days since your post and I have not seen or heard anything about it yet. :(

  27. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Chips and Sierra were just cuddled up on the platform here. Now they’re rasseling bigtime! Nice to see them again!

  28. MF says:

    Thanks Mimi! It’s sad to think about any of them passing away.

    One of the bags is moving. I think one of the birds is restless.

  29. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    They grow fast and the People Who Know put them in the aviary as soon as is wise. Steller’s Jays on one side of the aviary, songbirds in another room. As they learn to eat for themselves, they get frozen/thawed mixed veggies, seeds, melon and fruit. As for the ones who don’t make it, at least we gave them the best chance.

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