It is very common for birds to fly into windows, especially during the Spring when there are many inexperienced birds around. Very often, birds who fly into windows simply need a short period of rest and are then ok. However, if there are signs of significant injury, the bird should be taken to a wildlife rescue.
When to contact a rescue #
If any of the following are true, the bird should be taken to a wildlife rescue
– the bird lost consciousness
– the wings are sitting asymmetrically
– the bird is unable to hold their head up/the neck is twisting
– you can see any blood
We also recommend that any woodcock who fly into windows are taken to rescue as these are especially fragile and complex birds.
When to take other action #
If the bird does not meet the above criteria for immediate rescue, we recommend picking them up (advice at helpwildlife.co.uk/advice/capturing) and putting them into a cardboard box lined with a towel. Close the lid (add air holes if needed) and place the box somewhere warm and quiet – a bathroom works well since pets can be shut out. At this point, it is best not to give anything to eat or drink.
After a couple of hours, or overnight if it’s getting dark, take the box back out to the garden and open the lid. Hopefully the bird should immediately fly away. If not, they will need to go to a rescue for further help.