birding-aus Silvereye story

Subject: birding-aus Silvereye story
From: "Rachelle Levingston" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 21:59:37 PST
Yesturday a Silvereye flew into one of our front windows. It fell and lay on the grond grasping for breath in a slow struggling way. I presumed it either had broken it's neck or had gone into shock. So I went outside picked him up, asessing him I decided he hadn't a broken neck and took him inside to keep him warm while he was recovering. After a while he was opeing his eyes but only for a few seconds. Now birds a fairly stong little creatures but seeing they are so light you are a light weary of holding them to tightly -you guessed it- he flew straight out of my hands! My first thought was to catch him .....but this only lead to the poor little thing getting caught behind the piano. So wedging the front door open, my little brother (age 9) and I went to work trying to free this Silvereye that was behind a piano that was @ heavy! Some how we managed to recover the little bird that flew safely (but most likely in shock)home after a three-hour ordeal!! Oh well as they say you can only learn from these thoughts of ordeals................
1. Don't hold onto bird to gingerly!
2. Get a book on what to do in "those" sorts of situations (there was a good one on birds at the book shop the other day but I forget it's name...) 3. Ask some one to invent a window shield (or invent it yourself) to stop birds crashing into them. All you inventers out there!!!! Out of all the birds that tend to knock into our windows it always seems to be Silvereyes but in a ratio of Silvereyes to other birds here is very low.
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