This is the small cove on Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine where Placido will be released early in September when he is ready.
In order to show you where Placido is in his growth process, let’s compare Pearl from last week (7 August) to this week (15 August). You can see she has now shed almost all her baby feathers. There are still some on her neck and a Mohawk of fuzz on her head! This comparison suggests Placido is about a week behind since he looks more like she did on the 7th.
Below you will see that Placido looks more like Pearl did a week ago. That makes sense given how underfed he was when we brought him to Maine.
On August 15, Jen, John Wilson, and I visited Placido and his wonderful rehabilitator, Kappy, in Maine. It was so worth the drive!
Although we would love to be there when Placido is released into a quiet cove on Long Lake, the release date will be largely determined by him. Once he shows signs of trying to fly, he will almost immediately be released. We will, of course, let you know when that happens.