Please let us know if the bird-in-store situation has been resolved safely. I have seen birds adapt to living in airports or large stores, like groceries or Home Depot-type warehouse stores. The misting mechanism in the produce section would be a source of water, and there are bugs, crumbs, fruit, etc., available for food (better wash everything when we get home!).
When a bird flies down our chimney, I trap it by covering it with a dishtowel or other soft cloth. Since I don't have to get as close as with my hands, it's less likely that the bird will escape to a harder-to-reach perch. I am able to scoop the towel, which keeps the wings closed and minimizes the struggling movements. Then I open the towel outdoors. This is also a successful method of trapping and releasing bats.
Happy New Year!
From: J. Schulte <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 9:30 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] EMERGENT SITUATION IN ESSEX
I wonder if anyone here has some suggestions about how a difficult situation
might be handled.
What looked to me to be a House Sparrow is flying around inside Hannaford's
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
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
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 lights...which
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.
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