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Mini Lesson: Prevent Bird-Car Collisions

This red-tailed hawk was probably hit by a vehicle while scavenging a meal near the side of the road. It was found paralyzed, but still alive near a dead rabbit. The hawk was brought to me by someone who cared enough to stop when they saw the poor hawk using its wings to move. Unfortunately for the hawk, it was fatally injured, but at least it did not have to suffer at the side of the road. If you find…

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Mini Lesson: How to Save a Baby Bird

First, if you find an orphaned baby bird, it needs to be kept warm. How can you tell which birds need supplemental heat to stay warm? If you can see any of the bird’s skin – it needs to be kept warm. If they are not kept warm and stay cold to the touch, their chances of surviving are reduced. Birds that just have down/fuzz and are naked need a “mom” to keep them warm and incubate them. You can…

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“August” the Wood Duck (Part 2)

(Republished from Help Wild Birds Newsletter) Last month, I wrote about how “August “the wood duck came into rehab because she was injured, caught in fishing line on the Roanoke River. Now that August had successfully “grown up” I took her to RVBC member Carol Whiteside’s home to be released back into the wild in her pond. Carol had seen wood ducks there before. In fact there was a mother woodie and her family already there. This is the rest…

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“August” the Wood Duck (Part 1)

(Republished from Help Wild Birds Newsletter) It takes a village sometimes to save and rehab birds. On June 18th two people were kayaking on the Roanoke River and saw something weird looking along the shore. They paddled over to see what it was and found a young duckling tangled in fishing line, just dangling, trapped in some branches. It also had a small fish hook in its bill which they gently removed. They called me and we decided that the…

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The Curious Birder: Stretch Your Bird Food Budget

Published in The Roanoke Star November 25, 2013 I feed birds all year round, but this winter I will need to put out more feeders. Why? Remember the crazy weather we had this year? I don’t know about you, but my flower and vegetable gardens were not very productive, and my oak trees did not fare any better. With the lack of acorns and seed heads, birds will be relying more on my feeders and emptying them out sooner. So…

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The Curious Birder: Intervene or Put Me Back

Published in The Roanoke Star March 24, 2014 I received a call about a robin’s nest that fell down twice from a gutter. The frustrated homeowner put the babies in what was left of the nest, placed the nest on a table on her deck and called me wanting to know what to do. As we were talking, she saw an adult robin with a mouthful of worms feed the babies in the new location. We worked out a plan…

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The Curious Birder: Ducks Don’t Bake

Published in The Roanoke Star January 7, 2014 For some people it’s a family tradition to take their kids to the local pond or river and feed bread to the ducks and geese that congregate there. Arriving with a bag of stale bread the ducks and geese approach you eagerly, anxiously waiting for a handout. It is a way to interact with wildlife, and seems harmless since the birds did eat the bread. Yes, I must confess, I’m guilty; I…

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Maureen Eiger, Director
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