Welcome to Payton’s Wildlife Tips! Today I will be sharing simple solutions of how to prevent bird injuries or sickness. Whether you are out and about or at home there are things all of us can do to help our feathered friends.
Each year most calls we get on the wildlife hotline are about birds. Later in the summer when many new birds are flapping there wings one of the most common causes of injuries are window strikes. Birds have difficulty seeing glass and when an awful thud on the window is heard, usually you have an injured or dead bird. Luckily this heartbreaking situation can be prevented easily and usually has inexpensive solutions such as:
Another big bird killer is poisons and pesticides. Many people love having nice green yards with very strong fertilizers or have a pest problem and turn to poisons or traps. These solutions affect a lot of animals including birds. Most birds (especially young fledglings) scrounge on the ground for food. When the things they’re eating are poisoned they become poisoned as well.
Birds also will eat solid poison (like what you would use for most rodent killer) thinking it is bird feed and be slowly killed. Along with avoiding pesticides avoid most traps. Glue traps not only catch what you want but many other things and once caught something like a bird may not be freed unless causing extreme damage. Glue traps are extremely inhuman even for pests. Instead of doing these things turn to natural repellents that can keep pests away and not kill such as moth balls or lemon juice. For plant fertilizer you can use natural things like manure!
Many of us love to see nature so you may have a bird bath or feeder in your yard. As you may know birds can carry many diseases and can easily spread them too. It is very important that you keep your bird baths and feeders disease free by cleaning it once a month. We suggest to clean your feeder once your seed is almost gone because you never want to put possibly contaminated seed back into your clean feeder. Always throw the unused seed away.
You can safely disinfect by using a cleaner that is 9 parts water and 1 part bleach. Make sure to get all residue off for it can be very toxic for a bird. We also want you to be safe as well so make sure to wash your hands when handling any thing that has been in use of animals and suggest not cleaning your bird feeder in a household sink. Along with keeping up on cleaning ask professionals for correct dietary needs for our local birds making them healthy and NEVER put human food in their feeders.
Sometimes when driving home you may run into the heartbreaking incident of hitting a bird. Many birds along with other animals are hunting at night for meals and for birds easy prey may be in your headlights. Make sure that when possible to slow down on your local roads and be aware of your surroundings so you can get a little heads up if something flies by!
Did you know that feral/outdoor cats kill millions of birds a year? Outdoor cats are extremely invasive and dangerous to birds due to a disease in their saliva. We suggest building a catio or keeping them on a leash when they’re outside along with other domestic pets. For more information and solutions about outdoor cats go to my previous blog.
If you have found an injured, sick or orphaned animal or need professional advise call the Think Wild hotline at 541-241-8680.
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