!!! Rogers Centre - Sadly, Little “Chopper” is now been added to the list of those that didn’t make it.

July 10, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

July 9th - 2015
It is with great sadness that I must report that yet another one of this years fledglings has not made it :-( .

At this time of year, there are not many of us that like to answer the phone, as it rarely ever brings us good news. Thus was the case again this morning, when we received a call, this time from Lisa at the TWC. This call, like many others that we receive at this time of year, was delivered with some sad news with regards to yet another one of this years young fledglings.

Little Chopper, one of the four fledglings that was produced at the Toronto Rogers centre this season was admitted with severe internal injuries, in addition to a badly broken wing. It was decided after x-rays and a detailed examination, due to the extent and severalty of her injuries, the only humane thing to do was to put her down. It was obvious that her broken wing had partially healed and had happened some days earlier, but her inability to regain flight obviously had her hiding somewhere where her parents couldn’t find and care for her. She was severely under weight and dehydrated.

It was only a week ago that we got a report of both Chopper and her sister “Striker” atop of the CN Tower visiting one of the human “Edge-walkers”.

Sadly, as many of you already know, the second and third week of the fledge can be the worst time. While the surviving fledglings are now able to hold their altitude and stay off the ground and out of that trouble, like kids, they get way too over-confidant with their new found flight skills, they are unable to handle the incredible speed that they are able to obtain. Braking, judgment and coordination is always a challenge for these new inexperienced-flyers, and we all know,,, speed kills!

And I have to tell you, it has caused the death of allot of young fledglings over the past 20 years..