We have a pair of bluebirds that happily live in our front yard. They have a house on the hill and have successfully fledged at least 3 groups of babies since we put the house up last year. On Thursday, Dave came to the back door holding the mama bluebird. She has a hurt wing and can not fly. We put her in a covered box with a blanket in the bottom. Next, I started to hunt for the phone number of Grace, a wildlife rehabilitator who lives in our town. Wildlife Rehabilitators are volunteers and veterinarians who have been trained to care for distressed wildlife. Grace offered to take a look at the bluebirdzx and we made plans for me to bring the bird to her. While waiting to take the bird to Grace, Dave called and suggested I make sure there were not eggs in the nest before taking the mother away. Yes, there are eggs! Another phone called to Grace with this new information changed our plan, she told me to put the mother back on nest. We are hoping that she will sit on the eggs until they hatch. If the father bluebird, who is never far away and I can keep the mother bluebird fed maybe her wing can heal and she can get her babies hatched and fledged. That would be the perfect world scenario. I put the mother back in the house. When I checked on her this morning she was still on the nest. I gave her some mealworms. I’m going to call Grace tomorrow to give her an update.
There are many ways to find Wildlife Rehabilitators in your area. Call a nearby University or College or the National Audubon Society. In Connecticut I found the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and DEP Wildlife Rehabilitation Resources and Wind over Wings.
I’ll keep you posted on our bluebird family. If you have stories of contact with wildlife that you would like to share we love to read them.