Helping Injured Birds
The WildBirds.com website offers the following advice if you come across an injured bird:
If you find an injured bird, make sure it is really injured before you act.
Often the bird is simply stunned. It may fly away in a few minutes if you leave
it alone. Birds often become stunned by flying into glass windows.
If the bird has a broken wing or other serious injury, contact your local wildlife rehabilitation center. Be VERY careful around Hawks and Owls. Their sharp claws and beaks can do a lot of damage! Do not handle them yourself. Do not give an injured bird food or water. Keep children and pets away from the injured bird.
To transport the bird . . . place the injured bird in a box with air holes or in a paper bag lined with soft tissues.
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