Does This Bird Need Rescue? Birds are challenging - they are excellent fakers. Most "look" fine, unless obvious injuries.
Window Strikes: Especially window stricken birds will often look fine, but really be suffering from shock and head injuries. They may have the limited ability to fly away, only to die somewhere else.
Baby birds - nestlings or fledglings found on the ground, and easily captured usually have something wrong with them. TEXT us a picture.
Nest or baby blown down: Look baby all over. Legs ok (pull each one out)? How cold does baby feel? Dead siblings? Cold or injured babies need rescue; cold babies may be replaced once warmed.
Renesting: On any bird other than a house sparrow or starling, consult with us. Renesting rarely works
Sick or Injured babies: Is baby sitting on the ground with its eyes closed or not alert? Can walk right up to it and it does not attempt to get away? Rescue & Text us.
Baby sitting on ground? If not moving, rescue & text us. Doves cannot fly well for 2 weeks. They sit on the ground hiding. They eat food from the ground so this is normal. Text us so we can advise.
Robin or Jay type fledgling hopping on ground: neither can fly well for 2 weeks & eat food on the ground. Text us so we can ID & advise. Babies sometimes seem fine, and because they are fledglings people leave them. However, fledglings can hit windows & be injured. We can advise.
Shorebirds found at the river: Did you find one or more ground birds at the river? Often, mom is just around the corner. Text us before you take shorebirds! If wet, cold, and acting tired. Rescue. Text first!
General Information: 1) What kind of bird is it? Where was the bird found? Near river, tree, field, pavement, road?
Songbird? Duck or duck-like? Shorebird?
2. Is it naked or have feathers?
Hatchling - naked baby bird
Nestling - tiny feathers, or feathers till in 'tubes' called Pin feathers.
Fledglings - young birds with feathers, may or may not be able to fly well.
Juveniles - can fly, but have coloring of young for that species
3. Is it tame? No birds like humans or want to be touched, especially if in pain. All animals can feel pain. When stressed, birds act quiet. This is about survival. They act as inconspicuous as they can (like you would be wise to do if a grizzly bear got you). Do not cuddle, stroke, or baby talk the bird. Simply follow directions for rescue.
Grebes and other water birds: Found a duck like bird on the road or parking lot? Rescue! All downed waterbirds should come to rescue to be warmed, rehydrated, and checked for injuries. 1) Migratory waterbirds can accidentally land on pavement.
2) Injury is common in landing or be why they landed.
3) Birds must be waterproof, and healthy to release. Expert care is often needed. 4) Waterproofing is often lost when landing. Bird in picture is NOT waterproof. Look for small dark hole at lower part of neck. Looks like a necklace. This is a spot that water can get past feathers and onto her skin. Causing hypothermia, and ultimate death. 5) Care: do not overly handle or feed waterbirds.
Food or handling can contaminate feathers, hurting their waterproofing.
Dehydration happens fast. Birds cannot process food when dehydrated. Do not feed.
Migratory waterbirds often cannot process food due to special migratory status of their intestines. Do not feed.
Never place in bathtub- this kills waterproofing as their poop is full of oil.
Waterbirds on ground are ALL COLD: place on thick towel, in box, place in warm room. TEXT.
6) Find a rehabber: call your local state or federal fish and wildlife; call a local veterinarian, humane society, or other animal related organization; search "wildlife rescue" for your area; go here; or contact the NWRA Central Office at 320-230-9920.
Non waterproof Horned Grebe.
7) Getting waterproofing back. Please take bird to a rehabber...ONLY experienced rehabbers can do this...The bird will NOT get its waterproofing back in the wild....it will get hypothermia and die. IF REMOTE: TEXT us for advice, we can assist you.
Please do not let children or pets near these birds.
Need Help? TEXT us we are happy to assist. Or if your rehabber needs advice, you may contact me at 541-728-8208 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.