Twice in the past, I've had no difficulty hand-capturing a bird that
had been trapped in a store. The birds were disoriented and
exhausted, so I didn't have to do any chasing. Once was at Agway. I
made two bemused fellow shoppers help me move some big piece of
equipment out of the way so the bird couldn't keep hiding between it
and the window. The helpful strangers then moved out of sight so the
bird wouldn't get even more frightened. (It was a house sparrow, like
the Hannaford's bird.) When the bird sank to the bottom of the big
window for a rest, I just walked up slowly and put my hands around it
and carried it outdoors. I think this was less stressful than a net
but I'd love to hear others' thoughts.
If the Hannaford bird has been there for days, it might need a few
hours in a cage after being caught - with food and water. However, it
might be finding enough water in the vegetable section to keep it
fairly healthy. (I'm assuming that the regular misting uses plain
I'm looking forward to reading other people's suggestions and to
hearing an outcome.
can often be hand-captured with ease. Just
On Dec 29, 2007, at 9:30 PM, J. Schulte wrote:
> I wonder if anyone here has some suggestions about how a difficult
> might be handled.
> What looked to me to be a House Sparrow is flying around inside
> Supermarket in Essex. I inquired about it and the person running
> the register
> said, "Shouldn't the bird have flown south by now? If we let it
> out, won't it
> die?" I explained that House Sparrows winter over here. He just
> shook his
> head. So I asked to speak with the manager and the Assistant
> Manager, Terri,
> told me that the Manager is working on it. His name is John. When
> I got home
> I called and asked to speak with John, but he won't be in until
> tomorrow. So I
> got to speak with Terri again. I explained that the bird will at
> very least need
> water and she said she thought there must be some. So I said, "You
> have an
> open source of water available in an obvious spot for the bird?"
> and she
> laughed and said, "Your best bet is to call John tomorrow." I said
> that the bird
> will need at least water to survive and she said, "Well it's been
> in here for
> several days." So much for the Manager doing something about it?
> I will call John tomorrow, but I am wondering if anyone here has some
> expertise and equipment (netting?) they could maybe offer to go
> over and help
> the poor bird out...? I think the store is open 24/7 with bright
> complicates things greatly from the bird's perspective. The poor
> creature! I
> am not impressed with how this seems to be being handled, and hope
> John can
> reassure me in the morning.
> Thanks for any help you can be. If you have ideas for John, the
> store phone
> number is 878-0274.