BRADENTON BEACH -- Gail Straight could use some sleep.
But she's too busy handfeeding fish to a baby bird that fits in the palm of her hand.
The skimmer is one of many found Sunday evening by the old Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key.
Blame it on Tropical Storm Debby.
Of the original 100 or so skimmers spotted, 32 have made it safely to Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center Inc.
It's the Bradenton Beach facility where Gail and husband Ed Straight have cared for countless critters during the past quarter-century.
Gail saved the baby birds with help from her 13-year-old grandson Devon Straight.
"The storm was coming and they were getting lost from their families," Gail said. "There was sand in their eyes, in every place. The others were either picked by seagulls, terns, got washed away in the water or covered by so much sand you couldn't find them."
The Straights will care for the young skimmers for a month or two, when the birds are mature.
"We'll keep them here until they are ready to fly away with the other adults," Gail said. "We thought maybe we could put them back right away, but we were told not to do that because once they're separated from their parents they won't be taken back."
In addition to the skimmers, Wildlife is housing about 200 animals including a great blue heron that fell out of a tree near Carlton Arms apartments in Bradenton during Tropical Storm Debby.
The severe weather has also accounted for more herons, owls and songbirds being sent to Wildlife.
"I guarantee we'll still be getting calls through the night," Gail said.
Information: 941-778-6324 or wildlifeinc.org.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.