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4 posts from February 2014

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Living With Wildlife: Curious American Robin Behavior

Feb24

 

Question: A Robin keeps attacking my windows. I'm afraid he will hurt himself. What can I do, and why is he doing that?

American Robins exhibit bizarre window-pecking behaviorThat's a great question! This curious behavior happens every spring. American Robins are very territorial, and once a pair has established their nest site, they will fiercely defend it.

The PAWS Wildlife Center receives many calls from people concerned about Robins attacking or pecking repetitively on their windows—we’ve even heard of Robins attacking the rear-view mirrors of vehicles.

The bizarre behavior occurs when birds see their reflection in windows or mirrors and think it’s another bird trying to take over their territory.  This activity usually continues through the nest-building, hatching and nestling stages.

The window-pecking can last several months, but don’t worry; unlike window strikes, this behavior is rarely dangerous for the birds.

There are several things you can do to deter birds from attacking windows. The main idea is to make window glass non-reflective. Sometimes the whole window needs covering, but primarily near the window sill where the bird will sit and continuously hit the glass. 

  • Cover the window on the outside with screening or netting at least two to three inches from the glass. Make it taut enough to bounce the bird off before they hit the glass.
  • Install external shutters, awnings or sun shades.
  • Apply one-way transparent film.  You can see out and the bird cannot see a reflection (CollidEscape).
  • Wipe a bar of soap on the window.
  • Cover the window with a sheet, newspaper or clear plastic.
  • Hang  Mylar tape, an eye balloon or pinwheels  in front of windows.
  • Apply decals or stickers (only effective when spaced very closely to each other)
  • String up old cd’s.
  • For new home construction, install windows so the glass angles downward and doesn’t reflect the surroundings. 

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Which Eagle Is It?

Feb18

 

The Golden Eagle is a fairly rare sight in Western Washington, and is a very rare patient for us to have in care. Although we are occasionally contacted by members of the public who believe they have found an injured Golden Eagle, most turn out to be juvenile Bald Eagles.

The two species can be confusing to the untrained eye, especially when viewed individually, or at a distance. Placing the two side by side makes identifying them a bit easier. Below you can see a juvenile Bald Eagle on the left, and an adult Golden Eagle on the right. Note the slightly smaller beak on the Golden Eagle as well as the lighter, golden feathers on the back of the head and nape of the neck.

Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle

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A Good Day Turns Bad for a Golden Eagle

Feb17

 

February 7 started off as a good day for this Golden Eagle. She spent the morning feasting on an all-you-can-eat buffet of elk meat from a carcass she had found, and she was about to fly off to find a comfortable perch on which she could sit and digest her meal. Unfortunately, she never made it there.

As the eagle took flight, she passed over the same strip of pavement on which the elk had met his end. Possibly weighed down by a full stomach, the eagle nearly became roadkill herself—she was struck by a truck and instantly grounded. She was retrieved from the roadside by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer who delivered her to PAWS the next day.

Golden Eagle 140078

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Forgotten Felines Need Friends!

Feb07

 

Can you believe it’s February already? The first month of 2014 flew by fast! By now, most of us have recovered from the holiday frenzy, kept or broken a resolution or two, and are thinking ahead to spring and the promise of more daylight hours.

But for a few animals, it’s as if the New Year hasn’t come at all. PAWS still has a few loving cats who’ve been with us since 2013 and just haven’t found their right person yet. But they’re all eager and ready to head to their forever homes. Take a look at our remaining buddies from 2013, and see if one of them is your new best friend!

Meet Yo-Yo!
Yo-YoYo-Yo is a lovely gal who is looking for a home to live out her well-deserved golden years!
She is used to being Queen of her castle, and would prefer to be the only kitty - or maybe with a mellow boy cat who doesn't mind being ignored. Yo-yo is a mellow and easy-going gal, and loves to gaze out a window and dream of her early years. She may be a senior, but she still enjoys some playtime (when the mood strikes her, of course), and she does a great job with keeping her scratching to her own post. Yo-Yo likes to relax and lounge around, with an occasional cat nap as well!

She is an independent gal as all Queens are, and is perfectly happy keeping herself entertained throughout the day. She will come and seek out attention when she feels it is deserved! Yo-Yo would like to live in an adult-only castle, where her people can really understand her. If you are looking for a new Matriarch for your kingdom, look no further than Queen Yo-Yo! She’s currently holding court at our PAWS Cat City location.

 

PepperMeet Pepper!
Will you be the salt to her Pepper? This beautiful eight-year-old gal is looking for her other half, and maybe that's you!

One of her favorite activities is playing with her feather toy. Pepper recently got a hair cut, and loves to have her fuzzy back rubbed. She would appreciate a home with children over the age of six, and would love to be your only cat. Come meet Pepper at PAWS Cat City today!

 

SqueakerMeet Squeaker!
Squeaker is a spunky little gal who would love a new home to call her own. She is very sweet, loves pets, and will climb right up onto your shoulder to make sure she doesn't miss out on any fun!

Squeaker loves to play, chase and pounce on toys and will keep you entertained with her delightful kitty antics. Come by PAWS in Lynnwood to meet this fun girl!

 

 

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