Remember the Hairy Woodpecker who needed some VINS TLC after hitting a window? Well, unfortunately, that's an all too common cause of admission for avian rehab patients. Striking a window at full speed can cause bone fractures, head or spinal trauma, internal bleeding, and often death.
Luckily, as with the Hairy Woodpecker, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak's story has a happy ending. It only took three days for the grosbeak to make a full recovery. Watch this video of the grosbeak's return to the wild.
|Photo by Ellen & Tony, this is for the birds|
|Photo by mytimemachine|
If you're lucky, you may have Rose-breasted Grosbeaks visit your feeders. Though they eat a lot of insects and berries, they do eat seed, including sunflower and safflower. And remember, whether you're feeding the birds or just enjoying those who make your yard home, you can help keep them safe around windows by following this advice from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.