The sweet 82-year old woman who has dedicated her days and nights taking care of orphaned birds in the area also came in and was welcomed by a slew of people bringing in baby birds that they found on the ground after a big storm blew through town a couple of nights ago. Although the store is not an official drop-off place for orphan birds, there was some agreement made to let these people bring in these tiny, defenseless birdies. One of my coworkers is also getting in on the game and taking care of a Starling chick since it's not a native bird and one doesn't need to be certified to rehab one, or even keep one as a pet. This one is quite the character.
The highlights of all the sweet babies I saw was a Mississippi Kite Fledgling. It's not everyday that I could see a raptor chick. He was just the cutest little thing and quite pooped from all of the excitement. And those swifts... I've never heard a baby anything ever make so much noise in all of my life. They were EXTREMELY loud, but they have to be since they're usually tucked away deep inside a chimney. But it seemed to make me just love them even more.
Luckily I had my phone to take pics and document this splendid day. I commend these ladies and all rehabbers for all that they do. It definitely takes a lot of dedication and a big heart to do what they do. Who knows, maybe I can even be a part of this great group of people some day.