Guess the species!

These little babies were found in the exhaust pipe of a truck and the rescuer brought them to us immediately. They are weighing in at only 3 to 5 g and were newly hatched. We are still trying to confirm the exact species; however, we believe they are a type of swallow.

Hatchling swallows.

Please don’t kidnap wildlife!

Please don’t kidnap wildlife, and don’t interfere with wild animals unless it’s an obvious emergency! All protected species must go to a licensed rehabber if found injured or abandoned. You have 48 hours to turn the animal over to a rahabber, but for the animal’s health and safety, it should be done within the first 12 hours of finding it. If you don’t comply, you can be cited and fined, and that’s just the first offense.

It is illegal to rehab a bird or wild animal in your home without the proper permits if it is a protected species!

Barn Swallow Bath Time

This sweet barn swallow has been with us for over a month now after being hit at the airport. We have been treating his large open wound along his side and shoulder. It is almost fully closed and resolved, however we are unsure if he will get full flight mobility back. As an aerial insectivore, this is by far the most important part. We are taking his treatment day by day and have been in touch with some swallow specialists. His improvement is really good, his attitude is great, and he is a well-mannered bird. He eats great and loves mealworms, fly larvae, and fruit flies. 

Since we work with him so often, some of our skin oils get on him. Here he is after a fresh bath, which helps replenish his natural oils.

Barn swallow after a bath.
Injured barn swallow after a bath.

A Note from our Clinic Manager

Personal note from our manager to all of our supporters and friends: 

I recently looked through all the donations we have been getting and personal notes on our PayPal donation page. I can’t thank you all enough. We are so passionate about saving these birds and giving them the best care. Without you, we truly could not be able to do it. We need your help for about 6 months out of the year. Your donations help us take care of injured or abandoned birds and in return we try to keep you posted with our work as much as possible on social media. Everyone at the Bird Center thanks you for your support and trusting us to save these birds.

-Andrea Aiuto, Bird Center Clinic Manager

Fledgling blue jay.