Hels and I have been volunteering one afternoon a week at a local wildlife rescue center. We care for the baby songbirds who have been brought in after being attacked or abandoned. Here is Hels at the incubator taking care of the nestlings. It's hard to get a good photo through a one-way mirror (she's on display too!).
We never know what we'll be caring for each week. The birds are actually unrecognizable from one week to the next--they change so fast. This is a little nest of robins she is feeding with a syringe. They have to be fed every 30 minutes.
Yesterday we also had a hummingbird with a broken wing, three wildly flying phoebes who weren't quite eating on their own yet (they were a challenge to feed), and quite a few more fledgling robins and starlings. Thankfully by next week these fledglings will all be released.
Just while we were there yesterday, 5 different birds were brought in by people--a chimney swift which had fallen down a chimney, the cutest little blue jay who had been attacked by a cat, a robin with a broken wing, etc. The examining table is right by the incubator, so Hels got to be with the staff as they received each patient.
It's been a great experience for Hels. She's learning to interact with adults, care for animals, and stick to something that can be a tad bit boring. We're also learning a lot about birds!