Date: 3/3/18 3:18 pm From: Sandi <smduchesne...> Subject: [Maine-birds] One way to rescue a dovekie "wreck"
In the late 1990s, a work colleague who lived in a coastal community found a dovekie in a puddle near his driveway after a big storm. It was unable to fly out on its own, and he knew it would starve to death there if a predator didn't get it first. He scooped it up (amazingly tame he said), put it in a five-gallon pail, and drove it out onto a boat pier near his house. Then he scooped it out of the pail again and hurled it high into the air out over the water, as if he were throwing a softball in from the outfield. The dovekie started flapping its wings again once it realized it could, and it headed back out to sea on its own power. Vince said he felt pretty good about that!