Let’s begin with the pigeon—she’s got a broken wing. It’s not badly broken, but it doesn’t look to be healing properly, so she has another couple of weeks before I have to make a call on her. Sometimes an injury will heal in a less than aesthetically pleasing but still functional manner, so we’re hoping that will be the case with her.
And yes, I’m aware that the prevailing opinion of pigeons is that they’re feathered rats, but even the lowliest animal deserves a second chance at life if we can provide that at LWR. Maybe we can for this lady, but it’s not looking too hopeful at the moment; keep your fingers crossed.
Folks, if you need to control pests in your household or garage, use snap traps or no-kill traps or some other method that doesn’t threaten non-pests. That poor bird probably swooped down to pick a tasty-looking insect off that blasted glue trap, and she paid with her little life for trying to grab a meal. Glue traps are inhumane, no matter how you look at it, and too many innocent victims—like birds—get caught in them. Bottom line—use other, safer methods of pest control.
If you’re looking for gift ideas for Christmas, let me suggest bat boxes, owl nesting boxes, bluebird nest boxes (preferably with predator guards), bluebird feeders (which will also entail purchasing mealworms, about the only thing that will entice a bluebird to a feeder), squirrel nesting boxes and even wood duck nest boxes. All of these will aid our feathered and furred friends in the coming months, especially since owls are looking for nesting sites now, squirrels will soon begin their early mating season (usually Dec./Jan., with late mating season being app. July/Aug.), and by mid-January, bluebirds in Georgia will be looking for potential nesting sites.