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  1. This is posted by Bigfoot but is a cumulative effort from Creeker, Fisherman1313 and Aveschapines. What should I do if I find a baby bird? What if I find a bird that is injured? Cute, helpless-looking baby or injured birds tug at the heartstrings of every bird lover. We naturally want to jump in and help them, but well-meaning attempts to help sometimes end up doing more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to keep that from happening. If for any reason you decide to pick up or transport the bird, please read the instructions at the end of this article first to avoid injuring yourself or the bird. Please read the entire article before taking any action. Remember, most species of birds are protected and therefore it is not legal to keep them unless you are licensed to do so (this includes trying to nurse the bird back to health). Beyond the legalities, these animals require specialized care and diets to grow up healthy and strong. It's important to turn them over to an experienced person as soon as possible. BABY BIRDS WITH FEATHERS If you find a bird with feathers all over its body (even though it looks like a baby and/or is being fed by adult birds) it is almost certainly is able to fly and has left the nest voluntarily. Babies who have recently left the nest may be less afraid of humans than adults, making it appear that they can’t fly when they can. The best thing to do is to leave the baby where it is; the parents will be back to attend to the baby when you leave. If the bird is in an unsafe area (on a busy road, for example), you can move it to a safe location as close as possible to the place you found the bird. It’s better to remove such dangers as your cat, dog or children than to move the bird. Give the baby and its parents plenty of space and privacy and the parents will most likely return to the baby, or the baby will leave on its own. Check back later to reassure yourself that all is well. BABY BIRDS WITH NO FEATHERS, PIN FEATHERS, OR ONLY PARTIAL FEATHER COVERING If the baby is showing skin without feather covering, it may have fallen from the nest or been removed by weather or a predator. Try to find the nest and put the baby back in it. If you can’t find the nest, you can use a small basket or plastic bowl (with holes punched in the bottom for drainage) to make a replacement nest; line it with soft grass and secure it in a safe location, such as a tree branch, as near as possible to where you found the baby. If the baby feels cold to the touch, warm it in your hands before placing it in the nest. Give the baby and parents privacy and check back later to see if the parents return to care for the baby. Do not worry about touching the baby bird; most birds have a very poor sense of smell and will not reject a baby if a human has touched it. Having said that, only handle the baby as much as absolutely necessary to replace it in the nest and let the parents take it from there. Never give the baby bird food or water. Feeding the bird an inappropriate diet can do more harm than good. ABANDONED BABY BIRDS If you are sure the baby has been abandoned and is unable to care for itself, contact your nearest wildlife rehabber. In the United States, Canada and Mexico it is illegal to keep native birds in captivity; that includes trying to rescue babies, unless you have a license to do so. Many other countries have similar laws. Caring for a baby bird requires significant knowledge and skill, and almost all amateur attempts to do so, even though they are motivated by caring and concern, fail. Follow the instructions you are given until the bird can be taken to the rehabilitation facility. Here is a link to a list of professional wild bird rehabilitators by state. If you are unable to contact a rehabilitator, contact a veterinarian for advice and a referral to a professional who can help you. Wildlife rehabbers by state INJURED BIRDS If you find a bird that appears to be unable to fly but has no visible injuries, remove any dangers from the immediate area and leave the bird alone to be sure it’s really injured and not trying to distract you or another predator. Some birds use this strategy to protect their eggs and nests. In addition, birds may be stunned after hitting a window but recover after a short rest. If the bird has obvious injuries, contact a professional rehabilitator for help. Follow their instructions until the bird can be taken to the professional facility. Handle an unconscious bird as little as possible. Place it in box in a quiet area with subdued lighting until it recovers. Here is a link to a list of professional wild bird rehabilitators by state. If you are unable to contact a rehabilitator, contact a veterinarian for advice and a referral to a professional who can help you. http://www.wildcareb....html?docID=381 If you must move or transport the bird, be extremely careful; many birds have strong bills and sharp claws and can injure you, especially if they are scared. Never attempt to handle a raptor if you don’t have professional training and experience. WHAT TO DO BEFORE PICKING UP THE BIRD Before attempting to capture the bird, prepare a suitable container. A cardboard box with small air holes, just big enough for the bird to stand and turn in, is ideal and preferable to a hard-sided or large container as the bird will be less likely to injure itself if it becomes agitated inside the box. Place an old towel in the bottom of the box. For small perching birds it may be a good idea to line the box with tissues to provide a cushion, especially if the bird is injured. After placing the bird in the box, be sure to close the container securely, particularly with birds of prey, to prevent their escape. Remember, the sooner you place the bird into a suitable container, the calmer it will be. It is important to reduce stress whenever possible. Remember that the bird needs to be kept warm and quiet. When transporting it in your car, refrain from playing the radio or speaking loudly. Cover the box to minimize the amount of light entering into the box. HOW TO PICK UP A BIRD For injured or young songbirds, gently cradle the bird’s body as you lift it from the ground and transfer immediately to your prepared box.The wings should be held firmly, but not tightly, against the sides. Remember, songbirds are very delicate and can easily be injured or killed if held too tightly. For injured or young birds of prey or large waterbirds such as herons and egrets, remember that they can seriously injure you with their talons and/or beaks so be sure to wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved jacket, goggles to protect your eyes and heavy gloves to protect your hands. The bird will be most easily caught by covering it with a towel and restraining the feet. Follow these basic rules before and during transport: 1. Keep the animal warm, 80-90°F (27-32°C). 2. Don't feed it or give it fluids. 3. Keep the container in a quiet, dark space to minimize stress. 4. Stay quiet around it and don't constantly look at the bird. 5. Get it to a rehabilitation hospital as quickly as possible. 6. Never keep the animal or try to treat it yourself!
  2. The previous thread/Topic got deleted because there was Spam in the thread. But New problems may be posted here Bigfoot
  3. California Big Year Reports
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    Susan Yes, keep Apps updated and be sure to enable the backup systems. We try to present the tools but the user must agree and enable the backup systems. BF
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    Missing birds

    George For Mocking Birds, try looking up Northern Mocking Bird, or just search on Mocking, for the Mockers. For Muscovy Ducks, search for Muscovy. Be sure that you are searching by Common Name, not Latin or Band Code. BF
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    Simplify Browsing

    Jeff We thought about this, but there is not enough space for this. Thanks for the suggestion. BF
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    Susan You might try looking in Dropbox for your files. We used Dropbox for a while, maybe the old version used Dropbox as a backup. If you find the data in Dropbox, copy the contents of the folders and paste them to the iCloud folders. BF
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    Susan You may do a search on your computer for iCloud Drive, open the folder for the files. Bigfoot
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    Bachman's Warbler

    Missouri Please try to get a photo of this bird. Bigfoot
  10. NatR Thank you for your report, it turns out that you are correct, the sound is for Chipping Sparrow and we have made some corrections in our database. Here is the message from the Group leader. "I checked the sounds and the user is correct, the Chipping Sparrow should show up when a search is done for Song Pattern>Flat. That has now been corrected in the web editor and should appear the next time the app is updated." This change cannot be seen until the App is updated, but the database has been corrected. Thanks again, this reporting helps immensely to make and keep our database as error free and we can. Bigfoot
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    Database to SD Card?

    Patrick You should only need to have the database downloaded once, the actual App is small so you may stop it where ever you please. There is a new version of the App 7.2.593, please download as the problem of loosing track of a downloaded database is now resolved. You may download the database to either your internal memory or your SD Card. If your App looses the database again, you may go to "More" from the Navigation Menu>Mount Downloaded Database. This will locate your database and point your App to the database, which was there but the App lost track of it. Bigfoot
  12. Natr I'll forward your questions to the person in charge of the Sounds. Bigfoot
  13. Natr Thanks for your comments, they have been forwarded to the proper group for review. Bigfoot
  14. Thanks Rancserty Bigfoot
  15. Hello Susan, It is me Bigfoot, Welcome back to Whatbird


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    IBird wish list

    The Save Search is available on Apple devices, and will be added to Android Apps in some future release, but again, I am not advised of any planning release date. Thanks for your report/requests, they do get looked at and this will be forwarded to the programmers. Bigfoot
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    iBird Journal app

    Our intensions are to make Android Apps the same as we have available for Apple Apps, so yes, but I do not have a target date/planning date of the release, so it will probably be quite some time yet. Bigfoot
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    Version 10 and iCloud

    Oscar iBird Apps now use iCloud as a backup, as Dropbox now does not offer the services needed for iBird, access to more than one user/device. We did not delete any files in Dropbox so if your Favorites and Notes are still in, or if Dropbox was current with your data, you may open Dropbox, copy the files in the Folders and paste them to the corresponding folders in iCloud. This will effectively complete the migration of your data from Dropbox to iCloud. The folder names are not exactly the same but you can figure out the correctly folders to paste your files. Bigfoot
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    Forums seem to be back up

    If you click on the photo, it will show the full size of the photo. Bigfoot
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    African Silverbill on Maui

    The African Silverbill is listed in the iBird Hawaii App. The listings for Hawaii are not complete in the iBird Pro or Ultimate Apps. For the iBird Hawaii App there are 228 species in the database, also there are birds from the island country of Palau, with 169 birds. This App can be available by purchasing the iBird Bundle, which includes iBird Ultimate, iBird Journal and iBird Hawaii, all for the same price of the price of iBird Ultimate. Bundle link. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/the-ultimate-birder/id987560505?mt=8 Bigfoot
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    What would you like to see us add to Journal

    If you tap "Show Advanced Form" you may add all the notes that you want to add. This is available for each bird. Bigfoot
  22. Karynl Waite's Guide has a fatal flaw, and has been removed from the App Store. I can offer you a copy of iBird Ultimate (with all the features of Waite's Guide) to cover your lost App. I will send you the information via private email. Bigfoot
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    Removing pictures

    Ranger We prefer that you do not remove photos, as it makes the thread not read well after the photos are removed, remote posting can remove this problem, but you have more space for posting at this time. BF
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    Adding new locations

    Robshu Please hold your finger on the marker on Cupertino and move it somewhere else, or type in a new address. This will move the marker from the initial spot and probably stop the problem. You may also use the target at the lower left of the BAM Map, this should move the marker to your current location, using GPS. Bigfoot
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    Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Wow A whole page of Young Birder posts about birds. Thanks for keeping politics out of the discussions. Bigfoot