A Bird Hit My Window. What Should I Do?

Window strikes are startling and traumatic to watch. But, oftentimes the bird is simply stunned and will fly away in as little as 15 minutes to as long as a couple hours. We recommend the following steps, to help you and the bird reduce stress and save time. We should note that if there is any blood, or an obviously broken wing that’s limply hanging, bring the bird in right away.

  1. If the bird is near a low bush, pick the bird up and place it at the base of the bush.
  2. If it’s cold outside or you’re worried about feral cats, you may place the bird in a shoe box and put the shoe box in your garage or unused room. Be sure to close the door and keep the room quiet to help reduce stress on the already stressed bird.
  3. After one hour, take the shoe box outside and lift the lid. At this point, hopefully the bird will fly away. If not, the bird has either died from extreme internal injuries (which we could not have done anything to reverse) or it’s evident that the bird has an injured wing, etc., at which point you should bring it into the Wildlife Rehablitation Center in Roseville..

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

2530 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113