Southampton Press - Dovekies in Distress 0210

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Publication: The Southampton Press Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates unprecedented number of dovekies By Brendan O’Reilly Five ocean birds that humans rarely get to see were stranded on the South Shore of Long Island during a storm on Monday, January 25, and are recovering at the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons in Hampton Bays. The pelagic birds, called dovekies, look like little penguins and they should be about 40 miles offshore right now in the Gulf Stream with their flock. But the rain and strong winds on January 25 landed them on Long Island with no hope of survival—that is, until they were found in distress by humans who brought them to veterinary hospitals or straight to the rescue center. “If these nice rescuers and people hadn’t noticed them, they would have just died there,” Wildlife Rescue Center Executive Director Virginia Frati said. “They were extremely hypothermic . .. when they came in, so they just couldn’t have recovered from that on their own.” In fact, seven stranded birds were recovered on Monday and Tuesday, but one died shortly after arriving at the rescue center on Monday and another died that night. One of the birds that later died was found in Wainscott and the other was found in Center Moriches. The remaining five were found in Shirley, Quogue, Speonk,
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