Through this window you are looking into the Noisy Baby Ward of the Jane Carlee Wildlife Hospital. In here babies who make a lot of noise and baby animals that don’t seem to mind the noise are cared for. This mostly includes songbirds like robins, starlings, house finches, house sparrows, orioles, crows, grey squirrels, skunks and raccoons. Baby songbirds need to be fed every half hour from sun up to sun down, while most baby mammals like round the clock feedings. These feeding schedules are ideal but do not parallel human work schedules. Our interns and staff start feeding at 7:00 a.m. and continue regularly till 7:00 p.m. Fragile animals are given special care as needed throughout the night. Most animals that are going to thrive do so with these types of feedings. You will see the noisy baby room staff using syringes and special dietary formulas to feed the individual animals. Caretakers know when an animal is hungry because the patient gapes (begs) when the nest box is jostled. Songbirds stick their widely opened mouth straight up for the parent’s beak (in this case a syringe) to poke down into their throat where the food is placed. A hungry baby songbird eats its weight in food every day. We are lucky that we have pre-made dietary formulas to feed, because mother and father songbirds have to collect, bug by bug, seed by seed the food that their babies eat. Imagine collecting hundreds of grams of mosquitoes everyday to feed your nest of baby birds. And you get to catch them only with your mouth! How long would that take? Nevertheless, songbirds are much better and much cleaner than we are at feeding their babies. They have the advantage of caring for only 3 or 4 at a time, we sometimes have 100 to 150 at a time. By law we have to keep feeding records on each animal, while parent songbirds have no red tape to follow, yet.