Summit Up 7-3-10: Where baby birds are rescued daily |

Summit Up 7-3-10: Where baby birds are rescued daily

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Special to the DailyAnnika Fowles (left) and Zoe Hough were the winners of the naming contest for the new slides at the Silverthorne Rec Center. Annika gave the new large red slide the name 'The Twizzler, and Zoe dubbed the new kiddie slide 'Silvie's Reef.' The girls each won a 'School's Out' pass at the rec center.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column poised here on Fourth of July Eve with our flag in hand, dogs poised in the fridge and the beer cooling on the deck (yep, it’s still chilly enough out to do that this summer!) We were happy to see a little bit of rain come through Thursday night and maybe a bit more on Friday – the better to slick up the forests a bit in case dorks with bottle rockets or poorly managed campfires start something scary.

Let’s jump right into it with an Angel Alert! from Holly Hatcher in Breck, who writes as such:

“We had an adventure yesterday that was resolved by an angel! We picked up our Chevy Trailblazer in long term airport parking on Tuesday, did some errands in Denver, and drove to our summer home in Breck. After going to City Market for supplies on Wednesday, we heard lots of bird chirping when we got back to our garage…we thought a bird had gotten caught in the garage. But no! It was a nest of baby birds that we could see under our car, in a steel rod that is part of the car frame! Apparently a momma bird had built her nest in our car frame while it was parked at the airport…and those babies survived all that driving!

“We tried to gently extract the birds, but didn’t have the right tools. So we went to the friendly folks at the service department at Hudson Chevy in Silverthorne, where Big Ed”was more than happy to help us, and he saved three beautiful, healthy (but HUNGRY) baby birds! He got the entire, huge nest out as well, and he was covered with dust, feathers, dirt and didn’t complain one bit. And he wouldn’t even consider taking our offer of payment for his time and effort. We appreciate Ed more than we can say! We took the birds to the Summit Animal Shelter in Frisco, and Donna at the desk contacted one of their volunteers to take the birds to nurse them back to health.

“The story gets better: We drove home to Breck, and our kids kept saying they still heard chirping. We parked in the garage again, and yup, there was another baby far back in the steel rod! This time my husband, Mike, was able to get the bird out, and he too was pretty healthy! We called Donna again, and she was already in Dillon meeting her volunteer with the original birds, so my husband and daughter drove BACK to Dillon and met up with the animal shelter volunteer, Dan, who took the fourth bird who was very happy to be reunited with his brothers and sisters! It’s great to have this kind of experience with caring people in front of our two teenaged kids … they were adamant that we do everything to save the birds, and we were really blessed to find Big Ed, Donna and Dan. We are going to follow up with Dan in a week to see if all the babies survived.

“Thanks for always running a great column in the paper. We read it diligently and love your perspective on stuff!”

Love it! Thanks, and we out.

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