Here's a heart-warming story about Mitch, a Steppe Eagle (a species which princess and I saw in India) that was saved in Afghanistan, after it was wounded, apparently after an Afghan soldier used it for target practice.
The magnificent creature was nursed back to health by Army soldiers and Navy SEALs (go Navy!) and finally taken to the U.S., where Mitch found a home at the Berkshire Bird Paradise, near Albany, N.Y.
We like Mr. Steppe Eagle's moniker. Mitch is the name of our first-born!
Meanwhile, my Afghanistan bird list continues to expand slowly, the equivalent of Chickadees and Titmice and Cardinals, but much appreciated all the same: Laughing Dove, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Myna and Eurasian Magpie.