I think I’ve found a Baby Bird
Whenever you see a baby bird, always remember, mom knows best. Even if you don’t see one of the parents, they are probably near. If you are too close to the nest, or they are out looking for food, they will not come close to their babies. Wait and watch from a distance for at least one hour before taking action!

It’s missing most of its feathers

  • Can you locate the nest? Look in trees or bushes above or very close to where you found the bird. Place the bird back in the nest. Most birds lack a developed sense of smell-the mother will return if nothing has happened to her.
  • Can’t locate the nest? DO NOT FEED. Avoid over-handling and gently put the baby bird in a small box with ventilation holes and close the lid. Bring to WCSV during our operating hours.

It has most or all of its feathers (aka: fledgling)

  • DO NOT PICK UP OR FEED. An animal’s best chance of survival is with its natural parents. Watch from a distance for several hours. Mothers and sometimes fathers will wait until a threat is gone to come down and feed their still dependent young while they’re on the ground. The parents do have to go off to find food-so give them a chance! Avoid kidnapping! They’ve put a lot of time and energy into their babies to get them this far.
  • As birds develop they leave the nest to gain strength for flight. Typically at this point, they can walk and even hop or run, and will start practicing short flights.
  • See Pets around? Please bring your own pets inside to give these birds a chance. You can also gently place the bird on a low tree branch, or in a small nearby bush. Most birds lack a developed sense of smell-the mother will return if nothing has happened to her.
  • Questions? Call WCSV at (408)929-9453.

I think that I found an injured bird.
Make sure that the bird is injured without touching it by checking for:

  • Blood
  • A Drooping Wing
  • Wing(s) held out from body
  • Limping or obvious Leg injury
  • Hit a window over 45 minutes ago
  • Was captured by a cat or dog





If any of the above factors are present please take the following steps:

  • Do not feed, water, or bathe the bird
  • Gently place the injured bird into a small box with ventilation holes and close the lid
  • Bring to WCSV during our operating hours.

My cat wants to play with backyard birds
To warn unsuspecting birds, put multiple bells on your cat’s collar. Keeping your cat indoors will benefit wildlife greatly and protect your cat as well.

Protecting backyard fruit and vegetables
Although some types of birds eat unwanted insects they can also destroy fruit and vegetable crops. Placing plastic owls, snakes, aluminum foil flags, wind chimes, or streamers in the problem area will scare them away. Remember to move the owl or snake often or the birds may become accustomed to them.

Protecting your swimming pool
To discourage water birds from landing in your pool, keep the cover on or keep a large beach ball and other toys floating in the pool. Solar powered boats will also scare off unwanted ducks.

Nest building in the house
Place wire over the top of the chimney in the wintertime to deter nesting in springtime. For birds that are in the process of nest building you can disrupt the nest before eggs have been laid. It is, however, against federal law to disturb most bird nests that have eggs or babies.

Birds keep hitting a window
The sun’s glare on a window creates a mirror effect, so birds may see themselves and think it is an intruder. Birds are trying to protect their territory by attacking their image. Try closing your curtains, placing bird silhouettes or static-cling decals randomly on your windows.

How do I get a bird out of my house?
Birds will typically fly toward light. Close all the curtains and turn off the lights. Leave the doors open and let the bird find its own way out. Don’t try to catch or chase it out. This will stress the bird and may cause it to injure itself.

Dealing with pigeons on your roof
Life-like statues of owls are available through garden supply stores and catalogs. They should be mounted on a stick so that they move slightly in the breeze. The owls should be moved periodically so the pigeons won’t become accustomed to them. Balloons, shiny strips of foil or plastic tied on posts or a line can be an effective scaring device. These may be removed after the pigeons have settled somewhere else.

Help! Pigeons are nesting in my attic!
Screen the entry point so the birds do not have access. You can use a clear plastic bird netting that is available at most garden supply stores. Galvanized hardware cloth or aviary wire may also be used. Caution: be sure all birds are out before screening the area.

Pigeons are nesting on ledges of my building
Altering the angle of the flat surface will keep them off. This can be done with sheeting, concrete, or wood installed at a 45-60 degree angle.  Slinky toys purchased at the toy store will also work well for altering ledges. Attach the Slinky at one end and stretch it along the ledge, being careful not to open it all the way. The objective is to make it uncomfortable for the pigeons to land. Hang wind chimes that move and make noise.

How do I control Woodpecker drumming?
When woodpeckers are drumming, they are usually looking for something to peck on that will make a lot of noise. Therefore, if you muffle the resonating quality of the object they have chosen, chances are they will stop using it. To do this, you can cover the object with a blanket or foam rubber padding.

How do I control Woodpecker cavity building?
This could be the most difficult behavior to try to control but it is also the least common. Be sure to keep in mind that this is another seasonal behavior and it will only be temporary. If the cavity building can be discouraged before the cavity is fully built, the woodpecker may try to relocate and excavate elsewhere. However, they may return the following year and try again. Usually a combination of scare tactics and prompt repair to the excavation areas are effective in trying to discourage cavity-building activities. You should fill shallow holes with caulk or wood filler as soon as they are created. Larger holes and loose knots can be filled with wooden plugs or window screen and then caulked. You may also try to offer ready-built nesting boxes, which they might choose to use rather than making their own.

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