A Franklin's gull was released recently at Confluence Park in Delta following a month's rehabilitation from a broken wing. According to Cris Nickolaus of the Morningstar Veterinary Clinic in Montrose, the gull was injured during a mid-April snowstorm and brought to the vet clinic April 18 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Matt Ortega.
"Fortunately, the bones in the wing were lined up and we didn't need to do surgery," Nickolaus said. They bandaged the wing and held it until May 17 when it appeared the bones had healed, then turned the bird over to licensed wildlife rehabilitator Brenda Miller of the Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue. Miller allowed the bird to fly in her flight cage to regain its strength before releasing the bird at Confluence Park six days later.
Fresh fish for the gull was donated by the Mountain Valley Fish and Oyster Company in Montrose.
Wildlife volunteer Sue Townsley released the bird, "... and it took off and flew really well over the lake." The bird circled a group of cormorants before landing in the water near them. It eventually took off.
While Franklin's gulls are fairly common during their spring migration north they don't nest in this area. Officials hope the bird will continue north to its nesting grounds from northern Colorado into Canada.
Miller added that she recently took in an injured Canada goose gosling and is looking for a temporary surrogate mother. Anyone with a female goose willing to help can contact her at 209-5946.blog comments powered by Disqus