An Injured Crow

I have many bird visitors daily to my feeders. The past few days a crow has been visiting. This crow is beautiful, younger but this crow is injured. And it makes me so sad to see the bird limp. =(

You can see him/her nursing its leg. =(

The crow didn’t fly away like most do when I get too close. It is injured and worried but I was not hasty in approaching it.

I made some calls to the local wildlife organization to see if they could help. If you find an injured crow (or any bird) or an abandoned nest or hatchling (baby bird), you can call or visit the website of national organization to find your local facilities:

When in doubt, just call your local humane society and ask what to do or who to call. They should be able to help direct you to the appropriate people to contact. If you really can’t figure out anyone to call, write me at crowgyrls at gmail dot com. I will find someone for you to call.

My local wildlife organization told me to see if I can catch the crow and bring it in. They recommended using a towel or a sheet. Crows are nervous by nature (and rightfully so). It may take a bit to catch them, if you can at all. If the crow can fly, they will probably evade you. And crows have an amazing memory and can teach their young to avoid particular people. So, be prepared to be the bad guy for awhile. Perhaps permanently. It is not for the faint of heart, helping transport a crow to an animal hospital or wildlife facility.

I will let you know how this goes…

Two corvid-related sites worth visiting

I wanted to tell you about two corvid-related sites worth visiting both run out of the UK. Each is informative, helpful and specific to corvids.

The Corvid Journal

According to their about page,

This website is a new collaborative project dedicated to bringing you information and insights into the world of a remarkable family of birds, the Corvidae.

The Corvid family is really quite large and surprisingly varied, worldwide. Not all of them immediately resemble the archetypal Crow or Raven we most commonly associate with the group. Some are really quite exotic in appearance. Here, in the UK though, we have just 8 resident members of the Corvid family, the 5 True Crows that are the Raven, the Carrion Crow, the Hooded Crow, the Rook and the Jackdaw and their close relatives, the Chough, the Magpie and the Jay. These 8 species will be the main focus of this site. That said, we hope to find a room for all things Corvid, so along with articles and serious studies we’ll be adding a little fun too.

We plan to write a lot of original material ourselves and publish a number of articles written by people who have had close contact with Corvids. It seems a little pointless, however, to duplicate too much information that has been well documented elsewhere, so if the sources are reliable, of good quality and are clearly presented, we will just link to them with a brief description.

Corvid Aid

 

This site offers a how-to-guide for helping corvids in trouble, injured crows etc. You can find it here.

You can read in their own words what Corvid Aid is about,

Corvid Aid is a small, independently run corvid sanctuary. We aim to rescue and rehabilitate all corvids in need of our help. The sanctuary is based in West Yorkshire, England and is run by Vanessa Blackburn and her partner Jason Bastow.

Their about page is actually very informative and worth reading. Click on the ‘about’ link above. What an excellent cause to pursue! Thank you Vanessa and Jason for doing something to help the corvid family in the UK and by proxy around the world. You can also read an article they wrote published in the Telegraph.co.uk here.

What should I do if I find a hurt crow?

If you find an injured bird, crow or not, you should call your local U.S. Wildlife Rehabilitator, Wild Animal Rescue Facility, Animal Control, Forest Ranger, Wildlife Preserve, local vet or Wildlife Protection Agency before doing anything.

Ravens in particular are legally protected animals. You have a legal as well as moral reason not to handle them before getting expert advice. You should call a professional immediately.

I did some research online and found some detailed information at the Raven’s Aviary regarding this topic.