Although still relatively abundant, recent surveys indicate declines in the Yellow-shafted Flicker population. With its wide range, from Alaska to Nicaragua, the Flicker can be found in almost any habitat with trees.
Aggressive Starlings compete for their nesting sites and negotiating the tall reflective glass structures that make up Lower Manhattan during their seasonal migration takes a toll as well, as evidenced here.
One Broadsheet reader sent this photo with a comment that they’ve been noticing these birds on the walk from the BPC ferry terminal to the Winter Garden.
What do I do with an injured or orphaned bird?
If you find an injured bird, carefully put it in a cardboard box with a lid or a towel over the top, and place in a cool, safe place. Birds go into shock very easily when injured, and often die from the shock.
If a bird has hit a window and is still alive, it may just need a little time to regain its senses, then may be able to fly away. Do not try to force feed or give water to the bird. If it is still alive after a few hours, you can try to find a local wildlife rehabilitator.
The Wildlife Rehabber website has a listing by state of many rehabbers that might be useful.
From the www.wildbirdfund.org website:
Is the Bird Injured?
If the baby bird is unable to flutter wings; bleeding, wings drooping unevenly; weak or shivering; attacked by cat/dog, gently pick up the baby and put it in a paper bag or small box with holes in it.
If the baby is shivering, wrap a warm water bottle in a towel and place it next to the baby. Do not give the baby food or water. Do not bother or handle it. Keep children away. Call us at 646-306-2862. Note exactly where you found the bird.
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