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Window Blind

Kingfisher - Photo  Copyright 2005 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying birds with the superbly illustrated "Top 50 Garden Birds" identification chart - click here

This confused little kingfisher was recently delivered to Folly Wildlife Rescue, Kent, after flying at full speed into a glass window.

Although it started to make a recovery, and even started feeding, after 48 hours of expert care from the staff and volunteers at Folly it sadly died from its injuries.

How to Help Birds

According to The British Trust for Ornithology, up to 100 million birds collide with windows in the UK every year, and up to one third of these birds die as a result. If you find a bird which has flown into a window here's what to do:

1. Leave it
Leave it to get over the shock of the impact. It may recover without any interference so provided it's not in any immediate danger (from cats or traffic) just watch it from a distance for about 20 minutes.

2. Put it in a Box
Put the bird in a cardboard box and leave it in a warm, quiet place. Don't try to give it food or water it won't be interested. After about an hour, take the box outside and open it.

It's possible the bird may fly off. If not...

3. Get Help
If it's still unable to fly contact your local wildlife rescue centre (see links below). The bird can still be helped with an anti-inflammatory injection, but this needs to be given within 24 hours for it to be effective.

Pane Prevention

Window Stickers

If the birds in your garden keep hitting your windows it may help to apply a window sticker shaped like a bird of prey. They are available in two different colours; a red one which is used where birds can see a reflection of the garden in the window, and a black one for rooms where birds can see a way through, because of a window on the other side.

Moving Feeders
Sometimes window strikes can be avoided by simply moving bird feeding stations further away from the house.

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