"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Windows pose problems for hummingbirds

An exhausted hummingbird rests on a windowsill after being trapped indoors.  Photo by Diana Meyer

Debbie and Melissa McGuire care for sick and injured hummingbirds that are brought to Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach.

The mother/daughter wildlife rehabilitation team says that while there are many perils plaguing the tiny birds, windows and Plexiglas walls might pose the biggest threat.
Windows and Plexiglas walls present a serious problem for all birds. But because hummingbirds normally fly at about 30 mph and perform aerial aerobatics at up to 60 mph, when they strike a window, it's with great velocity.

Read my column in today's Orange County Register.

Happy Birding!

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