Chimney Swift Season is Here!

We were recently looking back at photos from last year at this time and realized it’s baby chimney swift season! We got a call yesterday from another local rehabber about transferring some swifts to us today, but that must’ve jinxed us, since yesterday we received seven chimney swifts within a four hour period!

If your chimney is not capped, there is a chance that swifts will find their way in and make a nest. They can be very loud, but it’s an honor to have this rare species in your protective cavity. Please be aware, it is against the law to remove them or have the chimney capped until they leave. They are federally protected and a very important species.

If you have chimney swifts in your chimney and they have fallen to the bottom, we can give you many tips and tricks on ways to “renest” them back up into the chimney from either inside your home or from your roof.

If you have found a swift, do not give it any food or water – call the Bird Center for further instructions. They require a specific diet and feeding them incorrectly can harm them greatly.

We are still having issues with our answering machine, but please feel free to call us during business hours if you have any questions or concerns about swifts (or any other bird). We answer our phone from 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM: 734.761.9640

They also eat a ton of worms every 15 minutes, so any donation will help us out! We purchase our mealworms from Rainbow Mealworms – if you’d like to purchase a gift certificate for us, click the “Gift Certificates” link at the top of their website, and enter as the “Recipient’s Email.” We appreciate your support!

Here is our intern Tera learning how to feed these chatty insectivores:

Fly Free, Janet

We are incredibly saddened to say that our female pileated woodpecker, affectionately named Janet by the Bird Center staff, was humanely euthanized last night after suffering a debilitating seizure earlier in the day. The staff and volunteers at the Center are devastated by her loss.

Female pileated woodpecker.
Photo credit to Carole Dubritsky.

We’d like to thank our supporters for their concern and kind donations as we worked to rehabilitate her. It was an honor to care for this beautiful bird, and in her memory we have created a page on our website featuring her story as well as pictures and a video compilation. Visit the link below to view Janet’s memoriam.

Hummingbird Nestling

This tiny hummingbird nestling was found on the ground and the rescuers were unable to locate the parents or its nest, so she’s now in our care! She weighs in at only 1.2 grams, but she’ll grow quickly as she learns to self-feed on nectar formula that also contains fruit flies. Yum!

Voicemail Issues

As of today, July 1st, we are unfortunately having issues with our voicemail service. Callers are unable to leave messages, and no recorded information is provided to callers. We are currently working on figuring out the problem!

In the meantime, you can still call us at 734.761.9640 from 7:30a – 8:30p. If you call us and it is busy, please call back! Our line is just busy because we don’t have call waiting. Please do not message us on Facebook or email us – we are incredibly busy with the birds in our care and therefore unable to check and respond to internet messages.

If you need assistance for birds, you can always check the Michigan DNR website for the closest licensed rehabber. The main rehabbers within a hour of the Bird Center that you’ll find on the list are:

Howell Nature Center (Livingston County) 
Wild Wings (Oakland County) 
Detroit Animal Welfare Group (Macomb County)

Celebrate Safely!

Know your local laws, and be considerate of how fireworks can affect others! Fireworks can cause harm to our pets, harm to our wildlife, harm to our environment, and harm to people with PTSD.