Late spring is the time you're most likely to spot baby birds and adults injured during migration. Learn what to do—and if you should step in to help!
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I Found an Abandoned Baby Bird! What to Do?

Aside from being an author, artist, and columnist well-known to Bird Watcher's Digest and Watching Backyard Birds readers alike, Julie Zickefoose is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with a wealth of experience in caring for injured birds. If you encounter a nestling or fledgling outside the nest, learn how to assess if the bird is in danger—and whether it's wise to intervene—and if so, what to do.
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You Can Prevent Window Strikes! Learn How
Thump! It’s that sickening sound that can only mean a bird has flown into one of your windows. Birds cannot see glass, especially if it is reflecting the nearby habitat or sky. Reflections do not register as such to a bird. This is why millions of birds die or are injured each year in collisions with glass windows in homes and office buildings. Here are some suggested options for making your windows less deadly for birds.

How to Help an Injured Bird
The "thump!" against your window has happened! Now what? Your immediate goal is to keep the bird safe and reduce its level of stress without causing further harm. Learn what to look for and what actions are appropriate based on your observations.

Readers Ask: Is It Okay to Remove a Cowbird Egg from Another Bird's Nest?
When a female cowbird is ready to lay an egg, she finds a nest that often already contains another bird's eggs. Cowbirds learned this behavior over centuries of following roaming herds of buffalo. The buffalo stirred up insects, the cowbird’s main food. But all the movement made it impossible to stop, build a nest, and wait for the young to grow. So the cowbirds did the most convenient thing—laid their eggs in any nest they could find along the way. If you encounter a nest with a cowbird egg, you might feel compelled to remove it for the benefit of the host songbird. But you might do more harm than good—plus, it's illegal!


ATTENTION, BIRDWIRE SUBSCRIBERS: We want to hear from you! Each issue of our birdy newsletter includes a poll question for our audience. Visit our website to offer your input and see results from fellow readers!
Today's poll question: Which of these situations have you encountered? Check all that apply:
• I have discovered birds that struck windows.
• I have found baby birds outside the nest.
• I've seen cowbirds (either eggs or hatched birds) in a songbird's nest.
RESULTS OF OUR LAST POLL: According to some observers, spring migration seems to have started earlier this year—or maybe we're all simply eager for the arrival of spring. We asked readers what you think! 28% of readers agree that spring migration started early, but the majority—56% of respondents—say they're seeing migrants about the time they expect to see them. The remaining 16% say that migrants are arriving later than anticipated. Thanks to all who participated!


BirdSense Episode #11: Photography Tips from a Tamron Image Master

Are you a birder who has always wanted to take up photography? Perhaps you’re already a bird photographer and interested in learning more about high-quality, affordable, mirrorless camera and DSLR camera lenses. Maybe with warbler season kicking into gear, you’d like a few tips to make photography more enjoyable. If this describes you (and even if it doesn’t!), be sure to check out this conversation with Tamron Image Master, lifelong birder, and owner of Bear Woods Photography, David Akoubian. He shares with Kelly Ball, Bird Watcher’s Digest’s advertising sales director, his experiences from 40-plus years of birding photography; his recommendations for the best all-around lens to use when shooting bird photos; and tips for becoming an ace bird photographer. David even turned his yard into a certified wildlife sanctuary, and he describes how that has allowed him to study birds on the regular. This episode is sponsored by Tamron.

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Julie Zickefoose explores the yellow-billed cuckoo’s bizarre life history, which makes it one of the most interesting birds in her woodland—and perhaps in all of North America!
Birds’ Favorite Color; Avian Vandals
In his latest column, Dr. David Bird digs into a study about what color feeder birds prefer, some mysterious blue jay behavior, and other interesting avian questions and observations from readers.
A Cuckoo's Farewell
A juvenile black-billed cuckoo makes for a poor rehab candidate after striking a window, but columnist Julie Zickefoose does her best to nurse it back to health. Do birds have ways of saying “thank you”? Julie thinks so.

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