A large majority of people make the common mistake of thinking a bird can't fly simply because it has been on the ground for a long period of time, and/or allows people to come up close to them without walking or flying away. The fact is, many types of birds have become accustomed to humans, and will allow humans to come very close to them without being afraid of them. A good example of this are pelicans and cormorants. Birds are also like humans in the sense that they need to rest and sleep as well. Due to this, some birds will spend a lot of time on the ground. If you think a bird is sick or injured, and you need to see if the bird can fly, the following steps can be taken simultaneously in order to find out:
If the bird still does not fly away after doing these steps, than chances are the bird can not fly.
INJURED BIRD RESCUE HOTLINE: 727-391-6211
If you see a bird that you believe is sick, injured, or in immediate danger... or a baby bird that you believe has been abandoned... than call our rescue hotline at 727-391-6211, and a member of our rescue team will come to the aid.
When a member of our rescue team arrives on location, he or she will visually assess the bird to see if it truly is injured, sick, in immediate danger, or is an abandoned baby bird. If it is determined that the bird needs assistance, he or she will carefully catch the bird. If the issue is minor and can be taken care of at that time, the bird will be treated and released on location. If the problem is more serious and needs to be taken to the Sanctuary's hospital, he or she will transport the bird back to the Sanctuary where the hospital staff will further examine, treat, rehabilitate and release the bird.
Yes, you can call the Sanctuary at 727-391-6211 and find out the status of a bird that was rescued. We do recommend that you wait at least 2-3 days before you call since most birds conditions, depending on their injury, won't change for the first couple of days.
Our rescue team will rescue any kind of bird. Whether it's a sea bird, land bird, or song bird... we will rescue it.
When you call our rescue hotline to report a sick, injured, or orphaned bird, a member of our team will ask you a short list of questions. These questions are vital in order for us to properly assess whether or not the bird in question needs rescuing. Some of the questions we will ask you is: