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Old 23.07.2014, 15:50
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Found bird on our balcony

Just found this bird on our balcony. It looks like he is unable to fly. I gave him some water, but not sure what else to do. Any one knows (a) which bird it is and (b) how we get him back on its feet (wings)?

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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Keep giving him water- looks like a juvenile blackbird and probably stunned himself by hitting the window when learning to fly. Parents are probably not far away- so keep the door closed and leave well alone for as long as you can. If still here in a few hours, feed him small amount of cat food and water- then place him on the top of the balcony so he can fly out, as he may not have the strengh or skill to get over the top from where he is. Put gloves is you have some to avoid putting too much human smell on him. (her?)
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Merci beaucoup Odile,

Will find an old pair of gloves, and instruct the kids accordingly. I'll get some cat food from the shop; I was hoping that no one would say "Go get some worms" ;o)

I have closed the door to our winter garden (which gives onto the balcony), so will keep it that way.
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

When she gets out and about, sign her up for flying classes. Not in Aargau though because the cantonal standards are really mediocre.
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Even if it stays there- as long as you and kids don't disturb- parents will come and give it worms and stuff. The cat food is only in case it is still there tonight and there has been NO adult feeding it.

Blackbirds can take off from the ground- but it may not have the strengh and skills yet- and needs a few days. Water is essential as parents can't bring that. I once found a swallow in a street in UK when youth hostelling with my class- it had obviously hit a window and been knocked down- and it was in the baking sun- Getnly moved it to the shade of a tree and asked a shop to give us a plastic tray with water- and it drunk- but swallows are totally unable to take off once on the ground. I waited till the kids had gone to supper, and knew there was only one chance. Got some cat food and it ate a bit- and then I just had to take a gamble and be prepared to deal with consequences (and finish it off) if it didn't work out. I picked it up, talked to him firmly and gently for a few seconds and counted to 3 and threw him (her?) up in the air as firmly and highly as I could. And off it flew- pheeew. The alternative would have been grim.
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

The kids just informed me that the bird has flown away! That did not take too long - maybe the bird needed a good rest.

Thanks for the very good advice! My son was too keen on "feeding" the bird. I told him we can still buy a can of cat food, just in case! His reply "just like the Tiger who came to tea". Bless!
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The kids just informed me that the bird has flown away! That did not take too long - maybe the bird needed a good rest...
That, without third party insurance... air-traffic perpetrator! Flight risk
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That, without third party insurance... air-traffic perpetrator! Flight risk
It has certainly violated a couple of rules/ laws here! Trespassing onto private property, no insurance I bet, and some serious littering on my balcony. I just need its address to send his parents the bill for cleaning.

Joking aside, glad (and relieved) that the little fellow made it out.
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Even if it stays there- as long as you and kids don't disturb- parents will come and give it worms and stuff. The cat food is only in case it is still there tonight and there has been NO adult feeding it.

Blackbirds can take off from the ground- but it may not have the strengh and skills yet- and needs a few days. Water is essential as parents can't bring that. I once found a swallow in a street in UK when youth hostelling with my class- it had obviously hit a window and been knocked down- and it was in the baking sun- Getnly moved it to the shade of a tree and asked a shop to give us a plastic tray with water- and it drunk- but swallows are totally unable to take off once on the ground. I waited till the kids had gone to supper, and knew there was only one chance. Got some cat food and it ate a bit- and then I just had to take a gamble and be prepared to deal with consequences (and finish it off) if it didn't work out. I picked it up, talked to him firmly and gently for a few seconds and counted to 3 and threw him (her?) up in the air as firmly and highly as I could. And off it flew- pheeew. The alternative would have been grim.
Well done Odile, thank goodness you didn't have to try out your catching skills!
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Even if it stays there- as long as you and kids don't disturb- parents will come and give it worms and stuff. The cat food is only in case it is still there tonight and there has been NO adult feeding it.

Blackbirds can take off from the ground- but it may not have the strengh and skills yet- and needs a few days. Water is essential as parents can't bring that. I once found a swallow in a street in UK when youth hostelling with my class- it had obviously hit a window and been knocked down- and it was in the baking sun- Getnly moved it to the shade of a tree and asked a shop to give us a plastic tray with water- and it drunk- but swallows are totally unable to take off once on the ground. I waited till the kids had gone to supper, and knew there was only one chance. Got some cat food and it ate a bit- and then I just had to take a gamble and be prepared to deal with consequences (and finish it off) if it didn't work out. I picked it up, talked to him firmly and gently for a few seconds and counted to 3 and threw him (her?) up in the air as firmly and highly as I could. And off it flew- pheeew. The alternative would have been grim.
That's news to me. I never thought for one moment that some birds can't actually take off from the ground. You learn something new every day.
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

I dream of coming home and finding a bird on the balcony.....
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I dream of coming home and finding a bird on the balcony.....
Just don't put out cat food though ;-)
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Hey guys don't be tempted. Leave birdie alone. There are still some birds on the market


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Re: Found bird on our balcony

swallows are totally unable to take off once on the ground.

Aren't you confusing swallows with swifts!?
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I dream of coming home and finding a bird on the balcony.....
Reminds me of a good joke- about a flamingo and a cat that does not like to spend money


BTW- the bird probably hit the glass door- and was stunned. We've had similar problems here, and they usually recover after a bit- but one chaffinch actually died. We have now purchased stick on bird shapes for the windows near the bird-feeder as a warning- and no more problems.

Google 'prevent bird window collisions' to get lots of (huge numbers) stats and advice and tips.

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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Funny you mention these stickers. It took me a long time to figure out what they were. I have seen them in the Netherlands and here, always thought these people love birds so much that they have stickers on their windows

I'll try to get these next time when I go shopping.
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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Two weeks ago my son found a young bird sitting on the grass. He called me right away to come and see it. It was just after the storm, so we assumed the poor thing must have fallen out of its nest. We were wondering what we should do but the birdy looked quite weak and the said grass was frequented both by cats and boys playing football. So we took it home and I called my friend whose passion is ornithology. She told us it was a swallow fledgling – young bird at the stage of learning how to fly.

She told us to take it back to the place we had found it and put it on the nearest tree so that its parents could find it.

The bird looked weak, so she told us we could feed it. You boil an egg, take the yolk out of it, put a little bit into your mouth and make some pulp with your saliva.

So my son fed the bird and took it to the tree. When he went there to check on it in the evening, he couldn't find it anymore. But on the morning it turned out it was still there. He fed it again and tried to be around to see if any adult birds could find it. But after some time the bird was gone. Instead, I saw two other fledglings and children who wanted to take them home. I told them what I had been told: if you find a young bird the best thing to do is to put it on a nearby tree and let its parents find it.




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Re: Found bird on our balcony

Our cat is hunting for the birds always , and she is quite good in that, what can I do? I know...that's just the way of nature...but I'm so sad for those little birds.. :/
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Try putting a bell on her collar.
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