Found a Songbird?

Central Oregon Songbirds

Songbirds are a large group of birds including woodpeckers, finches, wrens, corvids, warblers, nuthatches, and more.

Nestling and fledgling songbirds are commonly seen in the spring and summer. They should be reported to Think Wild as soon as possible. It is often possible to renest songbirds that have fallen from their nests.

Injured songbirds should be contained and brought to Think Wild for care.

DO NOT offer food or water to injured or orphaned animals! 

Below are tips for different ages of songbirds.

Nestling Songbirds

Nestlings are...

  • Fuzzy, downy, or naked
  • No visible adult feathers, or very minimal adult feather development
  • Live full-time in the nest
  • Dependent on parents

If you find a nestling...

At night or outside of hotline operating hours:

  • Nestling IS NOT injured, nest and parent present 
    • Place nestling back into nest
    • Check back in the morning for alertness
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680
  • Nestling IS INJURED and/or nest and parent not found
    • Carefully contain nestling in a well-ventilated box lined with toilet paper or paper towel
    • Provide heat via microwaved sock filled with rice - wrap in a towel
    • Keep nestling in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

During the day: 

    • Contact Think Wild immediately - (541) 241-8680
    • Look for signs of injury - blood, debris, heavy/shallow breathing
    • Monitor the area for adult birds
    • Look for the nest - place uninjured baby back in the nest if possible!
    • If instructed to do so by Think Wild staff, create a makeshift nest for the baby
      • Use a shoebox or similar container, line with toilet paper or paper towels
      • Attach the makeshift nest to the nest tree, or as close to where the baby was found as possible
      • Monitor from a distance for alertness and pooping - signs the parents have been caring for the baby

Renesting Resources

  • Lolo Tree Works - (503) 367-5638
  • Arbor 1 Tree Service - (541) 846-8018 
  • Central Oregon Tree Experts - (541) 480-9488

 

Please contact the wildlife hotline ASAP if you find a nestling songbird - (541) 241-8680

Fledgling Songbirds

Fledglings are…

  • Getting true feathers 
  • Somewhat fuzzy/downy
  • Nearly as large as adults with short tail feathers
  • Old enough to be leaving the nest
  • Commonly seen on branches or the ground near their nests
  • Dependent on parents - parents still providing food and protection
  • Developing flight and foraging skills

If you find a fledgling...

At night or outside of hotline operating hours:

  • Fledgling IS NOT injured, parent present 
    • Leave fledgling there, take a photo from 25+ feet away - do not feed or approach
    • Check back in the morning for alertness and parents
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680  
  • Fledgling IS INJURED and/or no parents present
    • Carefully contain fledgling using a sheet, towel, or paper
    • Place in a well-ventilated box lined with a paper towels or toilet paper
    • Provide heat support: fill a sock with uncooked rice and microwave 1 minute - wrap in a towel
    • Keep fledgling in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

During the day:

  • Contact Think Wild immediately - (541) 241-8680
  • Look for signs of injury - blood, debris, heavy/shallow breathing
  • Look for adult birds

Please contact the wildlife hotline ASAP if you find a fledgling songbird - (541) 241-8680

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Injured Songbirds

Adults are...

  • Fully feathered
  • Fully flighted
  • Not downy or fuzzy
  • Not dependent on parents

 

Signs an adult songbird needs care:

  • Visible wounds, blood, or debris on the bird
  • Very heavy or very shallow breathing
  • Neurologic symptoms: head tic, wobbly, tipping over, etc.
  • Lethargy
  • Shaking
  • Crusty eyes or nasal discharge
  • Visibly uneven wings
  • Entanglement in barbed wire, garden netting, fencing, etc.
  • Window strike
  • Caught by a predator or domestic animal (ALL cat-caught native wildlife require treatment)
  • Unable to take flight

 

If you find an injured songbird... 

At night or outside of hotline operating hours:

    • Wear heavy gloves
    • Carefully contain raptor in a box or crate using a sheet, towel, or blanket
    • Cover the bird's eyes during capture to limit stress
    • Keep in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

During the day: 

    • Contact Think Wild immediately - (541) 241-8680
    • Monitor the bird's condition and behavior
    • Take photos and videos
    • Contain the bird if instructed to do so, or stay in the area until Think Wild team arrives

Please contact the wildlife hotline ASAP if you find an injured songbird - (541) 241-8680

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Want more songbirds on your property? 

  • Plant native plants and leave seed heads and growth through winter
  • Provide year-round, clean water sources
  • Install nest boxes, or hire Think Wild's wildlife services to install them for you!
flicker nest box