[Tweeters] Injured/sick gold-crowned sparrow: UPDATE

Mary Metz maryjmetz at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 14 08:11:58 PST 2012

Or, you know, I come in to post the dilemma to Tweeters and allow the little bird time to hop off someplace it feels safe or wants to die in peace; it wasn't out there when I went back out to check a few minutes later. That's likely the answer: birds may be tougher than they look and likely can take care of themselves--or become lunch for some other bird that needs to eat.


--- On Tue, 2/14/12, Mary Metz <maryjmetz at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Mary Metz <maryjmetz at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Injured/sick gold-crowned sparrow: What to do
To: Tweeters at u.washington.edu
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 8:02 AM

There is a goldcrowned sparrow hopping around my backyard, clearly in bad shape--it didn't fly away when I went out to fill the feeders and his face looks wrong somehow--maybe crusty around the eyes. It's all fluffed up, too, presumably against the cold. Is there something I should do for the bird? Bring it in to spend the day in a box with water and seed? Or, since it's sort of mobile, is that a mistake? And, if he has a damaged wing, clearly bedrest won't help. A hawk or cat is bound to get it if it stays out there.

 Help, Tweeters! (And I have no car so I can't *take* it anywhere.)

West Seattle

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