Mr. Pigeon: Rescued and Resting
If you haven’t yet stumbled upon an injured bird in the city, you’ve surely heard your friends tell a tale of (attempted) rescue. Fortunately, there is a place in NYC that will treat wildlife, including pigeons (and offers rehabilitation), for a suggested donation. There’s also Al Streit of the Jamie’s recent blog), a group working on improving attitudes toward pigeons.
When I was walking to Ground Zero today to commemorate the five year anniversary, I noticed a pigeon dragging his wing, unable to fly, and hiding under cars. With the help of my amazing friend Rita we caught him and I took him home where he is currently occupying my cat’s carrier and (hopefully) munching on his dinner of flax seeds and muesli.
Luckily I knew about a place on the Upper West Side called the Wild Bird Fund. Rita McMahon and Karen Heidgerd run this non-profit group out of Animal General at 87th Street and Columbus Avenue. They see cases by appointment only (Monday through Saturday 1-3 PM) for a suggested donation. They rely on volunteers for foster care and transportation of the critters to rehab centers.
Mr. Pigeon is scheduled to be there at 1 PM tomorrow to be examined. In the meantime, I got some beneficial over-the-phone advice by Al Streit, who informed me about a little pouch (the exact name escapes me) on the little guys’ chest. If you feel for it and it is full like a water balloon, he’s recently eaten and is not in danger of starving. If you can’t feel anything, you may want to moisten some cat or dog food (if you have some around) and try to get him to eat a bit (make sure you find out how first, there’s more details about that).
Don’t despair if an injured bird finds you, just call up Al for advice and take them to Animal General as soon as you can. Maybe you can even provide this useful information next time one of your friends calls you up to see if you know what to do in a situation like this.
Stay tuned for an update on Mr. Pigeon’s health.