Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2018

What Should You Do with an Injured Bird?

Yesterday we saw an injured California Scrub-Jay in our yard.  At first we thought it was dead as it wasn’t moving and was laying on its side. After a while it sat up and eventually it flew away. Whether it survived or not we don’t know. Injured birds sometimes recover. Other times they may recover enough to leave but later succumb to their injuries.

We realized weren’t completely sure how to respond to the injured bird so we check on line and found the following guides from the Golden Gate Audubon Society

Window Collisions

Sometimes birds are stunned by window collisions but will recover on their own. Give it an hour. It may revive and fly off.

While it recovers, remove it from potential predators such as cats. Place it in a warm, dark, quiet place such as a shoebox lined with a cloth or paper towel. (Do not use shredded paper, cotton balls or grass clippings.) Be sure to provide holes for ventilation.

Do not attempt to provide food, water or first aid to the bird.

After an hour, take it outside and open the box. If the bird hasn’t recovered, take it at once to a wildlife rescue organization (listed below).

Other Injuries or Distress

Take the bird to a wildlife rescue organization immediately, if possible.

Using a towel or washcloth, grasp the bird around the shoulders so its wings are against its body and cannot flap. Transport it to the rescue organization in a shoebox lined with a cloth or paper towel. (Do not use shredded paper, cotton balls or grass clippings.) Be sure to provide holes for ventilation.

Do not attempt to provide food, water or first aid to the bird.

Continue read at  Injured Birds – Golden Gate Audubon Society


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