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Tracy The Birder

Columbus, OH, United States


Female House Sparrow sat on my fence with some kind of eye problem- eye is shut or missing. I got as close as 3 feet to her when I was putting food in my bird feeders. Later on, she flew up into the branches of a tree above her. Haven’t seen her again (after a week).


Eye problems


House Sparrow With Eye Problem

3 replies on “House Sparrow with eye problem”

Elaine says:

I have a sparrow that’s been hanging around the bird feeder doesn’t fly away when you approach her eyes Are all the way open It just looks sick. Is there anything I could do to help this poor bird.

Elaine says:

Her eyes are not all the way open I don’t know why it says that I’m talking speech to text

It actually looks like she’s squinting Is there anything I can do to help or is really what I wanna know sorry about the confusion

Heidi Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hello Elaine, thank you for reaching out! Only veterinarians or federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators can legally treat wild birds. If you see a bird that appears to be compromised in some way, perhaps due to sickness or injury, do not try to care for the bird yourself. It is illegal for you to possess most wild birds unless you are under the direction of someone licensed for their care. Whenever a sick bird comes to your feeder, we recommend that you remove the feeders the sick bird is using for a couple of weeks to ensure that disease is not being spread at your feeders and to give birds a chance to disperse. While the feeders are down clean your feeders and feeder area thoroughly. Please feel free to visit our page on Sick Birds and Bird Diseases for more info.

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