Oct 15, 2016 2:42 PM GMT
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.”