Date: 4/13/17 12:47 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Loon down
Great story, Sherri. Thanks for sharing!!
Juliet

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On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 11:16 PM, Sherri Smith <grackle...> wrote:

> Monday evening I came home to find a phone message that there was alone
> down in the median strip of US 23 south of Ann Arbor at mile 33. I
> gathered up my loon catching and handling stuff and fought my way thru
> traffic toward where he was reported. I drove on the left lane and pulled
> over onto the wide shoulder when I spotted him in a bathtub sized body of
> water, in big trouble. I put on my goggles and heavy gloves and grabbed my
> net. I had him hauled out of the water and was working to make him go in a
> big cat carrier a minute later. I bet hardly anyone even saw it. Loons
> are big, strong and fierce, glad to put out your eyes with their long
> sharp beak. On my way home I realized that he was not only dirty but
> probably slightly oiled from the highway. My informant (great eyes to have
> noticed that he wasn’t just a duck) that she saw him pulling himself thru
> the grass with his wings. He needed a bath. I recruited Keith Taylor and
> his wife Kris to help me and we headed off for one of the class rooms where
> I teach in the School of Art and Design. It has large sinks and doesn’t
> run out of hot water.
>
> It took all three of us to wash him, Kris immobilized the very dangerous
> head, Keith held his body and I washed various parts of him in turn. We
> needed occasional help from amazed students who were there working. He did
> not make the loon call, but made plenty of nasty remarks about us. Then we
> had to rinse him at length to make him waterproof again. You can’t leave
> any trace of Dawn, detergent of rehabbers, in them. Their feathers , when
> detergent free, turn dry under running water. This is true of all birds,
> not just water birds. It was pretty dark when we took him out to Barton
> Pond and poured him out of the cat carrier. We could see his pretty long
> legs kicking off from the shallow bottom like a frog until he got into
> deeper water and could swim properly.
>
> Why was he in the medium strip of the highway? We think the sudden hard
> rains of the day combined with on of those violent down drafts (like the
> one which pulled up big trees on Dexter St. a few years ago) forced him to
> the ground where he could be discovered by mere chance.
>
> Sherri Smith
>
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