The photographs atop this blog entry features Super, a Northern Flicker, who I helped rescue a little over a year ago. In this image he is being held by a rehabber at The Wild Bird Fund (WBF) in NYC.
You might recognize these particular pictures, dear reader, as I featured them in a prior entry here on Blogger, in which I discussed how I participated in his rescue. And if you followed this creature's story, which I chronicled in a number of posts on Blogger, you might remember that he eventually had to be euthanized (at The Raptor Trust, where he had been transferred to for treatment).
A reason for the euthanasia may have been because Super's injuries were not fully detected due to lack of costly Xray equipment at The WBF.
In any event, this sweet bird's fate has came to my mind (as it often does) yesterday because I had to have a series of Xrays to determine why I was having tremendous pain. This is something which I discussed in this past Wednesday's entry on Blogger.
My intent in posting that info was to state how thankful I am that I had the opportunity to avail myself of Xrays to determine what is causing my pain, as many members of the avian community are not able to have the chance, and their undetected injuries result in ultimate death; which was the case with Super.
It is my hope that my book, Words In Our Beak Volume One,
will help readers get to know about birds in a personal way, which might raise their awareness re the needs of birds, including their being able to get an Xray in the event they've been injured.
Meanwhile, I am happy to report that the findings in my Xray led me to a course of treatment to be alleviate my pain.
ADENMENDUM: The softcover version of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that is mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but a hardcover version of Volume One can be found wherever books are sold.
Moreover, Volume Two of the book series is now available! Both volumes one and two are in hardcover format (as seen below) and can be purchased any place where books are sold.
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz