[CT Birds] Y.B. Sapsucker vrs window East Hampton

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Mon Feb 1 07:06:50 EST 2010

May I also add to Jayne's excellent advice:  it's very important that when you release the bird, that it is able to
fly up.  If it flies low along the ground, or for only a few feet, that may be indicative of a problem that would 
require rehabilitative care.

Meredith Sampson
Old Greenwich

---------- Original Message ----------
From: <jayne.amico at cox.net>
To: ctbirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>,  Pat Dufour <patdufour at worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Y.B. Sapsucker vrs window East Hampton
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:13:44 -0500

CT Birders -

My advice to anyone who has a bird hit their window is to place the bird in a shoebox lined with a towel and put a ventilated but secure lid on it. Place the bird in a quiet warm place for one hour, then return the bird outside and check to see if the bird can fly away.

Leaving birds who are stunned outside is not in the birds best interest as they are VERY susceptible to predation, plus cannot regulate their body temperature when in that condition, whether it be cold or hot outside. IMO any bird that hits a window hard enough that they cannot fly away within a few minutes should come into rehab. That type of head trauma does not make it easy for a bird to make a living and pain medication, rest and accessible food will help ensure that the bird will survive it.

Many window strikes result in ruptured air sacs which are not visible to the eye and will impair the birds ability to breathe. Please rescue birds that do not immediately fly away.

Jayne Amico
Southington, CT

---- Pat Dufour <patdufour at worldnet.att.net> wrote: 
> This morning I heard a hard bang on my window 

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