View Full Version : Urgent advice - Ornithologist needed
30th Aug 2006, 09:01
A wee bird has just flown full tilt into the office window. Looking it up on the web, it appears to be a yellow wagtail. It's alive & flicking it's tail & moving it's head but is just sat by a car. For all I know, it may just be stunned but I can't get through to the RSPCA. The RSPB say ring the RSPCA!
What, if anything should we do?:confused:
Start a sweepstake on how long before a cat gets it or it flies away.......
30th Aug 2006, 09:07
serve it with chips
Solid Rust Twotter
30th Aug 2006, 09:15
As it's adult with little chance of being kicked out of the nest for associating with humans, perhaps it may be an idea to place it in a large box which is kept dark and in a quiet place until a vet can take a look at it or it recovers enough to be released. A shallow dish of water in there with it may help counter dehydration.
Keep trying the RSPB.
30th Aug 2006, 09:16
Leave it be, it will either die, or recover and fly away. human interference is more likely harmful than helpful
30th Aug 2006, 09:24
Rusty has the right idea. Capture it by dropping a soft cloth over it and gathering it up gently. Place it in a cardboard box (about shoe box size), put lid or other cover on then hold in place while you uncover the bird but leave the cloth there as it's easier for the bird to hold on to than plain cardboard.
Put the water in and check on it from time to time by lifting the corner only. Keep trying to contact the RSBP.
30th Aug 2006, 09:29
They often get stunned and recover - stick it somethere safe and it will probably be OK, I had a woodpecker fly full tilt into my greenhouse and went into something like a coma, I left it in the garden under a hedge, and went out to look for it later that night. It was still there. So I put it in a box in the greenhouse, and next morning it was recovered. I opened the box and it flew off. So I'd not discount putting it in a box until its back on its feet. Just leave it somewhere quiet, and don't disturb it.
Having said that I also recoverd a Robin that went off flying last winter, and it was an ex Robin the next morning.....
Leave it be if it is safe, shift it somewhere else if it isn't, in a box in a quiet place if necessary, and monitor it discreetly. Let it go as soon as possible.
Biophilia is one of the noble things about being a human!
30th Aug 2006, 09:31
WA-Wow has the right idea:
Capture it by dropping a soft cloth over it and gathering it up gently. Place it in a cardboard box (about shoe box size), put lid or other cover on then hold in place while you uncover the bird but leave the cloth there as it's easier for the bird to hold on to than plain cardboard.
Close the lid and put the box on a shelf.
Check on it after about a month.
30th Aug 2006, 09:38
Mmm chips. We're leaving it. As it goes, we approached it & it hopped off a bit, so perhaps it's coming round a bit. In fairness, this is aviation related.:}
30th Aug 2006, 10:46
Avian related perhaps.
I know, I know...
30th Aug 2006, 10:46
If it's a yellowhammer it is well worth saving as they are begining to get rare:ok:
30th Aug 2006, 11:11
:eek: If its rare it tastes nicer :eek:
30th Aug 2006, 11:12
...And it's flown off. Bit wobbly to start with, still punch drunk I reckon & yep, it was a wagtail. Bit of a sore head me thinks.:ouch:
30th Aug 2006, 12:31
Murakoze (http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/yellow_wagtail.htm) (though it could have been Aksante or Ni waro etc. - well, British yellow wagtails are reputed to come from Africa aren't they?!)
"Thank you" for noticing / caring... :ok:
30th Aug 2006, 13:21
Obviously didn't have WCAS fitted (Tweet Tweet Terrain Terrain)
30th Aug 2006, 18:46
Had a robin blunder in through an open fanlight once. It could barely fly and certainly couldn't stand up. It kept falling over. It eventually dawned on us that the little bird was p!ssed. It had been pecking at some crab apples that had fallen and were fermenting on the ground and was as high as a kite (terrible pun I know). We put it outside on the ground - I figured if we put it on a branch it would fall off it's perch. Whether it recovered and flew off or a cat got it I don't know. There were no feathers blowing around so I guess it regained it's equilibrium and departed.
Those crab apples made excellent cider by the way, kicked like a donkey. Bet that robin had a splitting head later.
30th Aug 2006, 22:52
Should have put it in a bag and sent it off with the bird strike report.