This little juvenile bird, Pine Grosbeak, was brought to us by patrons yesterday. She had flown into a wall and the patrons were concerned. We put her in a box and closed the flaps to give her a dark enclosure to recoup from the ordeal, per Pat Wesner, the Museum’s Director. At closing, I took the little girl home for observation. This morning she flew out of my hands to our crabapple tree and took a nap. Yes, she was tired and probably stressed. She napped on the branch for an hour and then flew off apparently unharmed from her run-in with a wall. These photos are of her as she was napping.
Please note that should you see this happen, leave the bird alone. It will either recover on its own or die from its injuries and then the cycle of life continues with it being food for some other animal. It sounds cruel but sometimes an uninjured animal will die in captivity because it’s scared and rather live to face the next day, it will simply die.
Also, injured or abandoned wildlife are cared for by licensed wildlife rehabilitators which you can find a list of them online.
So glad this story had a happy ending.