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Saw-whet owl 10-583 flew into a window. Radiographs of the owl (above) show the bird's fractured shoulder is lower than the other.

Stop Window Crashes

Birds fly into windows because they don't realize the glass is solid. Here are some ways to try to prevent collisions:

  • Place your bird feeder on the window, or within two feet of the window, or at least 15 feet away from the house. (Feeders five to 10 feet from a window are dangerous because the bird leaving the feeder can reach full flight speed before hitting the window.)
  • Soap the window so birds don't see their reflections
  • Attach raptor silhouettes such as Whispering Windows or Droll Yankees Warning Web to break up reflections
  • Cover outside glass with netting to act like a trampoline to prevent impact
  • Visit a wild bird store or website to find other specialty products.

Help for Hurt Wildlife

If you find a bird or other wild animal that appears to be injured or orphaned, find a wildlife rehabilitation center for help. Licensed rehabilitators know the special care each wild species needs. Also, a wildlife rehabilitator will tell you how to find out if a baby animal has really lost its mother.

While waiting for help for an injured animal, keep it as calm and quiet as possible. Speak softly. Do not touch, feed, or give it water. Perhaps cover the animal with a box. Keep pets away.

Learn more about saw-whet owls

Say What?

When alarmed, a northern saw-whet owl calls shweee. This call sounds like the whine of a saw being sharpened with a file, or whetted—saw-whet. Listen to the saw-whet owl's call.

Where do saw-whet owls live?

Take a look at a range map.

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