[Tweeters] How to help a tangled starling?

Scott R a y mryakima at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 20:34:22 PST 2008


When one finds a starlings in this predicament, the best way to handle the
situation is to place a zip-lock bag over the bird and seal it tightly for
about 20 minutes.


Scott R
East Valley


On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 4:59 PM, Barbara Miller <bmill07 at comcast.net> wrote:


> I put out one of those birdseed wreaths yesterday, found the pieces of it

> on the ground this morning, and put them into the mesh bag that came with it

> and hung it up. It has been very popular with the starlings, and I just

> noticed in the dusk that one poor bird seems to have gotten its feet

> entangled in the mesh and is flapping desperately to get out, then resting.

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> Once when I approached it, it seemed to freeze, I went in to get scissors

> to see if I could cut the bag so it could escape with only a small part

> still attached to its foot, and now when I go back it flaps like crazy if I

> go near it (it's also the case that the scissors won't cut the bag).

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> I have never banded birds, but I assume that there must be ways to handle

> them that do not harm them, and perhaps pacify them enough that I could

> untangle its foot. Can anyone give me advice about this?

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> If you reply to the group, please copy me offline as I read Tweeters in

> digest and I don't think the bird will last until tomorrow.

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> Thanks,

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> Barbara Miller

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> Bmill07[at]comcast.net

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