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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    There is a bluebird in my yard that I’ve been watching because it hops on the ground a lot – not normal for blues. My hubby spotted it also and one day saw him fly into a tree, but could tell his wing was broken or hurt. This morning we saw him again on the ground and a robin was fighting with him. We don’t have a rehab person in our area – closest would be Kansas City which is about 70 miles away. Sure hate this but don’t know what I can do. It could be a bird from my last fledging last year because I had several blues overwinter with me. Any ideas anyone?

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    Dana
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    Carol,
    So sad to hear this. I tried looking up rehabbers for Missouri and found this page of conservation regional offices https://mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/regional-offices. However I don’t know whether they are open or not due to the covid-19 outbreak. I’m hoping this info helps some.

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Thanks, Dana for the info. I have a actual list of rehabers but they are still quite a distance away, but I might give them a call this coming week. This bluebird was on my patio floor this morning and I put out some peanut butter suet for him. He hopped away from it and I placed it in a different place, He went in that direction, but don’t know if he ate any, although some bird did because late this afternoon it was empty. I feel so bad because I’m almost 100% sure he is from my last nest last year, because I had 6 and 7 birds all winter at my suet feeder. Hubby says that he did see it fly one time to a low limb, but he’s on the ground a lot, looking for food I imagine.

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    I have been watching this bluebird with the bad wing today quite a bit. It looks very strange, either broken or terrible out of place. This just breaks my heart – I am going to call one of the rehabers for which I have phone numbers, although I don’t know if I could ever capture him (I am in my upper 70’s and not as fast as I used to be!)

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    David in Stafford,VA
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    Do you have a neighbor that might be able to help? It might give them a break from their self-confinement.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    David, that is a good idea – I will think about asking my next door neighbor – she is a school teacher and working from home and does like birds & pets. Thanks – I’ll know more when I talk to a rehaber.

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    blue diamonds
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    Carol….sorry to hear about your bluebird with the possible wing injury. Your post made me chuckle, because catching a bird (at any age 😄) would be a difficult feat. Hopefully it will heal on its own. Good luck.

    I know you had super cold weather last week, this week should be better. Between your help with the nesting box and mama blue….I hope all is well.

    Judy-Michigan

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Thanks, Judy. I am hoping the bird’s wing can heal on its own, also. But it has been several weeks since I first noticed him and hard tell where he was before that, although I do think he is one of the clam which was here all winter.

    Sure hope your blue’s nest turns out well!

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    David in Stafford,VA
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    How did this one turn out, Carol?

    David
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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Not well – I contacted a bird rehaber up in Swope Park in Kansas City. This is a very large & well-respected zoo with lots of helpers & rehabers. She told me that it is possible for an injured/broken wing to heal IF they get it early. Unfortunately, it had been about 3-4 weeks since we first saw this bird on the ground, but thought at the time it was just searching for food. However, I did mention to dear hubby that this is not normal for a bluebird. Well, we didn’t see it again for about 2 weeks and then saw him almost every day hopping around, this would have been maybe Easter weekend. The area & helpers there at Swope Park are not open on Monday, so I was not able to contact them until Tuesday. Together we came to the conclusion that Mother Nature would have to take care of this, I did give him some suet in a bowl but believe other birds just ate it. Thanks to everyone for their ideas & concern.

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    Sassy
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    So sorry to read this Carol. I hope this story has a happy ending, it is so hard to watch an animal suffer and not be able to do anything to help.
    Connie

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    Julie
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    Carol, you were on my mind so much last night. Thank you for sharing the update. I’m sorry it wasn’t a happier result. It’s hard to deal with having these birds we love so much suffering. My heart goes out to you. You really did all you could in reaching out for help, though. There’s some comfort in that, I hope.

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