Great question from someone on why I am not able to just take the loon I have in care down to Hatfield or Wickiup. First, this loon has a prolapsed cloaca, so its not going anywhere till that is fixed.
Birds that come down in fairly good weather, as we are having, due so most often because of something wrong. Mainly, this is being underweight and not in the physical capacity to fly any longer. Thus they hunt down what looks like the closest 'lake' or 'river' and land, winding up on wet pavement or in this case a large swath of dark solar panels that look pretty lake-like, esp at night when they are flying.
'My bird' weighs 5 lbs....that's the bottom of the range, and he is a male. His keel is prominent. Light weight, thin keel, indicates that he was not able to put on enough weight for his migration. NO worries, we will worm him which is often why (plus he's a young bird, and likely didn't get the best habitat choices).
He will not be able to put on that much weight on a lake here I wouldn't think since snow is just around the corner and the waters and night temps are now frigid. But if I am wrong about that, please chime in.
So, why not take him to somewhere close to his destination? That's where these guys are going. No major physical challenge of getting over the snowy cascades, preservation of the reserves he does have, and a good place to continue his healing process.
I know the crazy bird lady makes odd choices. But, birders do too as they cruise all over looking for these wonderful beings. So if you are going, have room in the car for a tub. Call me.