Birdnapping Humans Strike Again

Birdnapping Humans Strike Again

As a rehabber, I see people doing well-meaning activities. Birdnapping happens when people want to help a baby bird. And they are right that the bird is in danger when it is on the ground. It is not intuitive that the bird actually has a better chance of survival in a...
Birdnapping PSA 2019

Birdnapping PSA 2019

It’s time, people. Baby season is in full swing and residents of Northern Virginia are swiping baby birds left and right. Here is a typical conversation I have with “helpful” members of the public: Cell phone: ring, ring Me: hello Caller: Is this the mumble, mumble...
Let the 2019 Games Begin!

Let the 2019 Games Begin!

2018 is in the books and our corvid crew is pretty chill with the end of another year. Zen survived his diet of pumpkin and Metamucil to get rid of the metal in his gut. We never figured out where it came from but, as long as it’s gone, I’ll score it as a...
Annual Birdnapping PSA

Annual Birdnapping PSA

Tis the Season — for my annual birdnapping rant. Every year I post about well-meaning people who pick up fledgling birds thinking that because they are on the ground, they need help. The end result is that the babies are separated from their parents and brought to...
Dramatis Personae

Dramatis Personae

So far in our corvid story, we have met Gwen and Stephen Crowbert; their assorted chicks, including Ginny; Zen; and a raft of rehab birds who have come and gone.  But one cast member has not yet made his debut: a blue jay named Snafu. Snafu is a bird-napping victim. A...