How to Help an Injured Bird

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    Oct 15, 2016 2:42 PM GMT
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    NYT: “Check out any bird that’s lying sideways on the ground,” says Rita McMahon, director of the Wild Bird Fund, who notes that the fall migration season is when a lot of birds fly into windows. Prod the unresponsive bird’s legs: If they move freely, there’s a chance of revival.

    Keep the bird warm. The average body temperature of many migratory birds in flight is 105 degrees, but they can end up concussed on a cold cement sidewalk where the temperature can be 70 or 60 degrees. “They’re in shock,” McMahon says. “The sidewalk leaches out their body temperatures.” Put the bird in your pocket to warm it up. Do not worry about disease. “They have avian diseases, which we generally can’t get,” McMahon says. “Just wash your hands.”

    Find a little box or paper bag. “When birds go into a quiet, dark spot, they rest,” McMahon says. “A brown paper bag is the perfect bird ambulance.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/magazine/how-to-help-an-injured-bird.html?
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 15, 2016 5:32 PM GMT
    I have a little side yard, heavily landscaped so I can't actually see much from where I stand when I let my two setters out to do their business. One day a couple of years ago I walk out there with them and they scramble like they're after something, usually a lizard, and then they get very still. Which is unusual. I peak around the bushes and see them both in solid setter points, one front paw up, tail straight, body rigid with excitement. I look around the bushes and it's a full size, adult eagle. Apparently with an injured wing. Very big, sharp looking beak. And a look in its eyes that is fierce, predatory even in this dire situation. I grab the dogs before they can flush, get them to safety and try to figure out what to do. Eventually I grab a big blanket, manage to throw it over this huge bird, and wait for it to calm down, which actually wasn't long. I retrieve a air-freight dog carrier kennel and manage to grab the bird from behind and get it into the carrier. Called wildlife rescue (we have a lot of need here at the beach) and they come get it. It lived, healed and eventually was well enough to be set free. I'll never forget the look in its eyes. I've never felt anything look at me as lunch, ready to do business to the death.
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    Oct 15, 2016 11:53 PM GMT
    Maybe the bird got too close to a liberal "green" energy wind turbine. Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America, making it the most threatening form of green energy.:

    http://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Oct 18, 2016 3:24 AM GMT
    I love birds and like to keep a bird feeder and fresh water for them to enjoy off of my terrace. I haven't run into an injured bird in a long while. Now if I do I will know what to do. Thanks!
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    Oct 18, 2016 5:19 AM GMT
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  • craycraydoesd...

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    Oct 18, 2016 6:14 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidMaybe the bird got too close to a liberal "green" energy wind turbine. Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America, making it the most threatening form of green energy.:

    http://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds


    Whatever your political allegiance lol, I wouldn't worry about the birds too much. Basically the only thing safer is solar.

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    And of course, all of these numbers fall into complete insignificance when you take into account the fact that cats kill somewhere between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds each year.

    So if I spot one lying injured on my sidewalk I'm not wasting a minute rehabilitating it for feel-good points; I'm gonna end it cleanly with a shovel.
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    Oct 18, 2016 8:32 PM GMT
    UMayNeverKnow said
    Now if only someone would do the same to you. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


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    I'm sure plenty of users on this site would more than happily volunteer for the job.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 24, 2016 11:27 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidMaybe the bird got too close to a liberal "green" energy wind turbine. Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America, making it the most threatening form of green energy.:

    http://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds


    How do you know that the particular wind turbine was liberal? How can you tell the difference between a liberal wind turbine and a conservative wind turbine?

    I suppose I'd be considered liberal, but I do not see intermittent sources of power as practical. Nuclear is the way to go.