Subject: Re: impact victims Date: Apr 20 15:31:45 1995 From: Christopher Hill - cehill at u.washington.edu
A small point: birds that hit windows don't break their necks. I have dissected dozens of impact kills while preparing museum specimens, and others with greater experience confirm this. If window bangers die, they die from concussion and hemmoraging of the brain. The directions Susan forwarded seem to be good advice - unlike a broken neck, the effects of the concussion can be short or long-term, and may get better or worse after an hour or two. If they get worse, the bird is probably a goner, but if they get better, then bagging the bird will prevent it from being caught and eaten while incapacitated. That may be all it needs.